Monthly Archives: May 2011

Will flexibility to retain star faculty create downward salary pressure for everyone else?

Some of the recent statements for support for NBP come from stars among our faculty. It is no secret that the major reason to seek more flexibility is to meet the challenges in keeping the stars from moving to greener … Continue reading

Posted in Compensation, State-University Relations, The University Budget, The University System, The UW-Madison Campus | 3 Comments

State Journal guest editorial: NBP arguments “vague”, “elitist”.

Daniel Bush, an alumnus of both UW-Madison and UW-Oshkosh, has written a guest editorial for today’s issue of the Wisconsin State Journal: Vague argument, elitist attitude hurt UW-Madison autonomy plan It seems unlikely that Mr. Bush reads Sifting and Winnowing, … Continue reading

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Here’s what dependence on donors looks like

One of the cornerstones of the public authority proposal that Chancellor Biddy Martin has been pushing with all her might (in contrast to, say, her non-existent campaign for greater public support of the university) is the assumption that we would … Continue reading

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What I WILL fight for

Am I the only one who’s noticed how the twisted logical foundation of the campaign for public authority? If you press people, it goes like this: The state is steadily defunding us and that’s simply inevitable, so the only thing … Continue reading

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Two grad students contemplate how the NBP and public authority could lead to bad things

The following was originally posted as a Facebook note.  In the interest of including more student perspectives on the NBP, it is reposted here with the permission of both contributors. Alyson S. writes: Consider people’s attitudes with regards to “saving” … Continue reading

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The aftermath: What do we do next?

I’m surprised by the energy still going into debates about public authority for UW-Madison, assuming that it’s going to happen. Recent media reports (and posts to this site) make pretty clear that public authority is extremely close to dead, and … Continue reading

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And the failure hangs over the State like a great sorrow*

I do not remember many times in my life when I have been more ashamed. On Monday, the faculty of the great state University of Wisconsin voted to no longer be the great state University of Wisconsin. Instead we chose … Continue reading

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