Category Archives: The University Budget

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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Questions left unanswered by President Cross’s TV interview – another view.

In a TV interview on May 17, 2016, UW System President Ray Cross reacted to the no-confidence votes spreading throughout the System that call on the President and the Board of Regents “to recommit themselves to the Wisconsin Idea by … Continue reading

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A cost-saving measure for UW System

With the departure of Jim Villa, the Vice President for University Relations who led the UW System’s communications and lobbying efforts during the critical budget negotiations of Spring 2015, we have a rare opportunity for a cost-saving measuring that will … 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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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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The history of tuition and state support at UW-Madison

Many people are understandably confused by arguments concerning declines in state support, increases in tuition, and total support available for the instructional mission of the university.  This analysis tries to make the relationships clearer by looking at historical data. When … Continue reading

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A call to pay attention and engage.

You must delve more deeply into the governor’s proposals to cut the UW-System budget by $300 million in the coming biennium and to spin off the university from the state as a public authority (a semi-private entity like the UW-Hospitals … Continue reading

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Sifting and Winnowing comes out of mothballs.

In light of the tremendous challenges dire emergency facing the University of Wisconsin in the form of Governor Walker’s proposed $300 million budget cut to UW System and creation of a new public authority for UWS, we urgently need to … Continue reading

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Comments and questions about the discussion of splitting the UW System from the state.

If you haven’t done so, please read today’s WI State Journal article, “Splitting UW System, UW-Madison from state being discussed at Capitol,” which I pasted below and once you do so then consider the following questions. If you objectively look … Continue reading

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Reframing the conversation about tuition.

Chancellor Rebecca Blank has spoken recently of the desirability of raising out-of-state tuition to help make ends meet on the UW-Madison campus.  Her proposal offers one of the few potentially viable pathways to budget stability in a landscape dominated by … Continue reading

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