Author Archives: GP

October 7 Rally to Defend Public Education

We all know that UW-Madison and public universities everywhere are suffering severe budget pressures. Part of this, of course, is due to the budget difficulties the states themselves are experiencing.  But the problem is compounded by complacency among some voters … Continue reading

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The dollar value of loyalty

Tomorrow is the deadline for submission of bids in response to a request for proposals (RFP) for “Organizational Consulting Services for Benchmarking, Effectiveness, Efficiency and Flexibility Study at  UW-Madison.” Some members of the campus community have expressed concern over the … Continue reading

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The other shoe drops: UC Ad Hoc Committee report on the research enterprise.

As reported here and elsewhere,  the Academic Staff Executive Committee (ASEC) Ad Hoc Committee on the Research Enterprise already released its report back on January 22. We had been waiting with bated breath for the counterpart committee appointed by the … Continue reading

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Mark your calendars: Campus Forum on Financing Public Higher Education

How will we pay for public higher education in Wisconsin and at UW-Madison in the years to come? Metaphorically speaking, we have entered a dark fiscal tunnel of unknown length, and that glimmer of light up ahead just might be … Continue reading

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A good start in 2010 … and an appeal to S&W readers.

The first few weeks of the Spring semester have seen significant growth in the readership of S&W — 1,200 unique visitors and almost 20,000 hits in the month of January alone, most of which occurred after the start of the … Continue reading

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Press coverage of the restructuring controversy

(Last updated Feb. 2, 2010) Links to all relevant articles in the press, including some recent national coverage, are collected here in chronological order for the convenience of readers.

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The Chronicle mentions ASEC report on restructuring – and a reader replies.

The Chronicle of Higher Education made brief mention of the Capital Times article on the report from the Academic Staff Executive Committee (ASEC) Ad Hoc committee on the Research Enterprise.  (Unfortunately, the Chronicle misattributed the report to the faculty, which … Continue reading

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The Academic Staff report on Graduate School restructuring

The first shoe has dropped.   The Academic  Staff Ad Hoc Committee on the Research Enterprise has returned its white paper.   Their charge was “[t]o assess whether the present UW-Madison Research Enterprise structure is capable of addressing current and future … Continue reading

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Our very own Berlin

In the summer of 1996, I stood at the edge of what may well have been the largest and most expensive construction zone of the past half-century of human existence: Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. In the wake of the fall … Continue reading

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Watch this (new) space

Based at least on the number of people who publicly referred to Sifting and Winnowing during the restructuring controversy over the past month-and-a-half,  it seems clear that this site is taken seriously as a place to go for informed independent … Continue reading

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