Monthly Archives: March 2012

Is this what shared governance looks like?

The following has been cross-posted from The Education Optimists: For decades, the price of higher education has been rising at colleges and universities nationwide, and relatively few students and families have done so much as sniff.  While occasional concerns about … Continue reading

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Educational experiments and the long view.

All this talk of educational innovation here at UW begs the question, what exactly are we innovating? I do think that higher education research and teaching, even with a  500+ year tradition of the small class college instruction, 150+ year … Continue reading

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Ex-Stanford professor: “Universities use methods developed a thousand years ago.”

The following interview appeared in German on today’s Spiegel Online.  It is reproduced here in English for the benefit of UW-Madison readers. – Ed. He was a professer at the elite private university Stanford.  But Sebastian Thrun, expert in artificial … Continue reading

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Anecdotes don’t reflect UW reality

“Students should be working 40 hours a week, but these days they are taking off work to hang out with their friends and then are abusing Badger Care and the food pantries. Students need to pay attention to what’s going … Continue reading

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Mark your calendar: Forum on human resource policies and procedures overhaul.

In case you haven’t already heard of it, the campus is undergoing a major effort to come up with revised Human Resource policies and procedures covering all aspects of HR (compensation, benefits, recruiting, professional development, etc).   It is impossible to … Continue reading

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Responding to decreased state support: A modest proposal.

The Commission on Faculty Compensation and Economic Benefits has issued its annual report for 2011-2012 [PDF].  The commission rightly identifies a looming crisis in compensation for faculty and staff  at UW-Madison.  The report provides not only a thoughtful and sober … Continue reading

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The Wisconsin Retirement System: The attack against it. How to protect it.

Readers whose retirement plans involve the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) may be interested in these upcoming presentations/forums sponsored by the WUU and AFSCME: “The WRS:  The attack against it.  How to protect it.” Monday, March 12, 5-6 PM. Memorial Union. … Continue reading

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