Category Archives: Retention

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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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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Does absolute pay matter? Maybe not. Do pay raises matter? You bet.

Prof. Sara Goldrick-Rab’s blog, the Education Optimists, has been a goldmine of thoughtful and thorough deconstructions of the Public Authority proposal, and she has posed a number of pointed questions about the NBP, many of which have gone more or … Continue reading

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Happy Furlough Day?

For those of us on the faculty, the concept of “furlough days” is as disconnected from reality as the concept of “sick days.” Every month we have to fill out and submit a form that lists the specific hours on … Continue reading

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The Toxic Two Percent

After months of delay, the budget numbers are now in. State lawmakers have approved a pay package that boosts UW System faculty and academic staff pay by 2 percent for AY 2007-2008, 2 percent again for AY 2008-2009, and another … Continue reading

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