Category Archives: Academic freedom

WORT radio interview with two UW faculty about changes in UW System.

Associate Professors Karma R. Chávez (UW Madison) and Holly Hassel (UW Marathon County) were interviewed (with listener call-ins) today by the radio show “A Public Affair” on WORT 89.9. “Today we are going to be talking about changes in the … Continue reading

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The question Mike Gousha did not ask of Ray Cross

Last Sunday morning, UW System President Ray Cross gave a TV interview on “UpFront with Mike Gousha” concerning the recent no-confidence votes at six UW campuses. From the Cap Times writeup: Cross said faculty members shouldn’t be worried about program closures … Continue reading

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When it’s not just the faculty voting ‘no confidence’

True to form, Governor Walker continues to ramp up the inflammatory and factually baseless public rhetoric against UW faculty in the wake of votes of no confidence that have now passed in Madison, La Crosse, River Falls, Milwaukee, Green Bay, … Continue reading

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The university and the public service – the Wisconsin Idea

The following article from 1911 makes painfully clear how the relationship between Wisconsin GOP leaders and the University of Wisconsin has radically changed relative to a century ago. (via Google Books)

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JFC goes nuclear in the war on the University of Wisconsin

On Friday afternoon, a neutron bomb was lobbed in the rapidly escalating war on the University of Wisconsin.  The Joint Finance Committee revealed, and then quickly approved, an omnibus budget motion for UW System that not only sustains $250 million … Continue reading

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Invitation to planning discussion: Building an effective organization for faculty and staff.

The following event is likely to be of interest to S&W readers – Ed. Save the date! Saturday, Sept 24 — 10 AM- 3 PM Building an Effective Organization for Faculty and Staff If you read Sifting and Winnowing then … 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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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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