Monthly Archives: June 2011

Cap Times: David Ward to be interim chancellor.

The Capital Times Campus Connection has just reported that David Ward will be named the interim chancellor. The full story is here . Update:  WISC-TV has tweeted that the start date will be July 18.    

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Press conference today to announce interim chancellor selection.

At a news conference scheduled today at 4 p.m., UW System President Kevin Reilly and Board of Regents President Michael Spector will announce the selection of an interim chancellor for UW-Madison. Coverage of the news conference will presumably be carried … Continue reading

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UW System pulls plug on all employee organizations

On Thursday, UW System notified all UW employee organizations that it would stop collecting dues effective in August. This will affect PROFS, ASPRO, WUU, and the Council for Supervisory Non-Classified Staff as well as the unions (AFSCME, TAA, etc.). (Note: … Continue reading

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How to fail as chancellor of a public university.

From the Chronicle of Higher Education (June 19): Its Leader Under Fire, UMass Flagship Has No Clear Route to Elite Status Excerpt: When chancellors appear to work back channels without buy-in from a system, they often undermine their own causes, … Continue reading

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In the midst of a perfect storm, a call to all hands on deck.

Between the new state budget, the end of collective bargaining rights for public workers, the implementation of painful new policies on fringe benefits, and the imminent departure of Chancellor Biddy Martin, the University of Wisconsin-Madison finds itself in the midst … Continue reading

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It’s time to move on…

Biddy is moving on. We have to move on. Higher education is changing. We see this in how students approach learning, the infusion of technologies into our everyday work habits and the financial stresses on our organization. Biddy is a … Continue reading

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A sad day … and a new chapter.

Biddy Martin has a great many admirers on the UW-Madison campus.  This is no surprise, as her public persona is very appealing: she is exceptionally intelligent, articulate, diplomatic — all the qualities, in fact, cited in the Amherst press release … Continue reading

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Public Library Internet Access in Wisconsin is Integral to Job Seeking and Improving Employment Opportunities

by Kristin R. Eschenfelder, Catherine Arnott Smith School of Library and Information Studies High speed access to the Internet is now an integral part of modern American life, yet proposed elimination of WiscNet, and through WiscNet Wisconsin public libraries’ low … Continue reading

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Review of NBP Controversy in Inside Higher Ed

In Inside Higher Ed‘s otherwise balanced and comprehensive review of the NBP and its remains, one statement stands out as demonstrably false and ultimately self-serving:  Near the end of the very long article, on the issue of continued state support … Continue reading

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System and Madison: A little data

Bashing System and the Regents has joined football, hockey and basketball as a major sport on the UW-Madison campus, including in (often grossly insulting) comments on this blog. As Sara Goldrick-Rab has just pointed out (here), players in this game … Continue reading

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