Sharon Dunwoody, Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Education, has just announced that the NRC assessment of research-doctorate programs at UW-Madison and 212 other institutions will be released in one week. Because the NRC assessments are likely to be of interest to a broader cross-section of the campus community, the announcement is reproduced here in its entirety for the convenience of S&W readers.
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The following message was broadcast to the campus community by Chancellor “Biddy” Martin on Wednesday, May 5, 2010. It is reproduced (with minor reformatting) in its entirety here for reference and comment by S&W readers. The letter consists of several sections, each of which may be accessed directly via the links below.
A Year-End Letter: Opportunities, Challenges, Impressions
By Chancellor Biddy Martin
- The Madison Initiative for Undergraduates
- Great People Scholarship Campaign
- Research Administration and Funding
- Graduate Student Funding
- UW Foundation Presidential Search
- Global Health and Sustainability
- Faculty and Academic Staff Salaries
- Collaboration with WAA and UWF
- University Relations/Communications
- Looking Forward
Since our previous posting on the subject of the pending motion before the Faculty Senate, a revised motion has been released by the University Committee. The new version was disseminated via email by the chair of the University Committee, Prof. Bill Tracy. The following links contain
- the text of Prof. Tracy’s email message
- the text of the motion with revisions
- the present organizational chart
- the proposed organizational chart
As before, we urge campus faculty and staff to carefully study all aspects of the motion and to post comments here prior to the Monday (May 3d) meeting of the Faculty Senate.
The following motion was presented at the April 12 Faculty Senate meeting concerning the proposed restructuring of UW-Madison’s research enterprise. It is reproduced here to encourage comments and discussion by the UW-Madison community prior to a vote at the next meeting of the Faculty Senate.
We had been waiting with bated breath for the counterpart committee appointed by the faculty’s University Committee (UC) to release its own findings on the same issue. This report was originally due by the end of 2009, but this deadline could not be met.
The following message has just now (2:50 pm today) been broadcast by the University Committee: (more…)
(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.
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 has not yet issued its report on the same subject.)
Of greater interest than the Chronicle posting itself is one reader’s response, a short excerpt of which follows:
The real story here is not the restructuring of research supporting systems but the broader issue of disintegrating research administration infrastructures at Wisconsin, and indeed across the United States. Offices that manage sponsored programs (grants, contracts, research fellowships, etc.) universally have had flat budgets for the past decade, and yet this period saw an unprecedented growth in research funding (e.g., doubling of NIH grants) as well as a torrent of new regulatory requirements governing all aspects of research (electronic submission of proposals, research subjects, animal care, conflict of interest, export controls, accounting, reporting, auditing, technology transfer, etc.).
From our vantage point at S&W at least, this is indeed a new perspective on the restructuring issue. We hope more readers will weigh in.
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 issues, or whether an alternative organizational structure such as that proposed by the Chancellor and the Provost is needed.”
Their unambiguous conclusions: “yes” to the first question, and “no” to the second. (more…)
Many of us have been waiting with bated breath for (a) the reports of the faculty and academic staff ad hoc committees on Provost Paul DeLuca’s proposal to divest the Graduate School of research functions, and (b) the administration’s response to those reports.
The reports were originally due at the end of last month. The Badger Herald now reports that the due dates have been pushed back to January 21 in the case of the ASEC report and to the end of the month for the University Committee report. (more…)
The following letters from the administration provide another perspective on the recently reported animal lab citations:
January 4, 2010 To: Deans and Directors From: Provost Paul M. DeLuca Jr. and Graduate School Dean Martin Cadwallader Re: USDA report on UW-Madison research animal programs
Recently, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) conducted a routine, unannounced inspection of UW-Madison research programs that involve animals used in research.
The inspection found a small number of instances where the university was not in full compliance with the federal rules and regulations.