Monthly Archives: May 2011

The dead parrot has finally fallen off its perch.

Three weeks ago, S&W contributor Joe Salmons shared his conviction, apparently based on his conversations with key lawmakers, that Public Authority was already dead. Despite that spreading belief, which was also shared by Paul Fanlund of the Capital Times and … Continue reading

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Whose University? The Decline of the Commonwealth, and its Meaning for Higher Education

At the American Law Institute Annual Meeting in San Francisco last Tuesday (May 17), the keynote speech was given by Mark G. Yudof,  President of the University of California. In his speech, he addresses changing perceptions of the role of … Continue reading

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Commentary on the creation of a separate governing board for the UW-Madison while UW-Madison remains within the UW System Administration

[The following article was provided to legislators this week by Dr. Harry Peterson.  It is reproduced here with his permission.  – Ed.] I understand that there is no significant legislative support to break away the UW-Madison from the UW System … Continue reading

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The drama to come.

Act One of what appears to be a very long drama will soon be over. It began with the presentation of a Rorschach-like document, New Badger Partnership Plan, to which audience members, somewhat magically, were able to project whatever values, aspirations … Continue reading

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More on the “sorrows of academic corporatization.”

The latest issue of The Nation brings us the following article Faulty Towers: The Crisis in Higher Education In addition to the other issues raised, many of which have been well-covered, I find the following excerpt interesting: As Gaye Tuchman … Continue reading

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When pro-business ideologues run universities. Case study: Texas

As noted in a recent post, Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch asserts that Public Authority would bring “a free-market approach to the university system similar to that of a corporate business.” Ideologically, Huebsch is (by his own admission) joined … Continue reading

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Free market universities and global trade treaties: Unintended consequences?

The General Agreement on Trades and Services (GATS) is considered among the crown achievements of the Uruguay Round of the negotiations and talks of the World Trade Organization, entered into force in January 1995. I am not expert in international … Continue reading

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Nailed to its perch

Please, I beg you, stop talking about public authority as if it were still viable. It’s DEAD, really truly dead. And people are finally saying as much in print. Paul Fanlund, for instance, writes in today’s CapTimes: Martin adamantly rejects … Continue reading

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Huebsch: NPB “would bring a free-market approach to the university”

Just when we’re fretting about the apparent dismantling of academic freedom and shared governance at Florida State and other universities as these institutions openly sell their curricula to wealthy corporate donors,  Sara Goldrick-Rab over at Education Optimists tips us off … Continue reading

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Breaking news: “Koch University” already exists. Are we next?

Cynics here in Badgerland have been cracking jokes for months that UW-Madison could become “Koch University” if and when some of Governor Walker’s policies take effect, including (some allege) the public authority status that is part of his budget bill. … Continue reading

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