Category Archives: The University Budget

The missing message about universities and society.

The role of public higher education in a rapidly changing world rose to prominence  last week with two developments:  the University of Virginia’s governance debacle (see local commentary here) and the announcement of Gov. Scott Walker’s Flexible Online Degree initiative. … Continue reading

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The continued marketization of UW-Madison.

This article has been cross-posted from the The Education Optimists at the request of the author. – Ed. Last year, I wrote extensively about efforts led by former Chancellor Biddy Martin and her administration, donors, and alumni to privatize (or … Continue reading

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WUU releases “Review of Recommendations of the HR Design Project Compensation Work Team”

This document was received together with the press release appearing in the previous post.  Again, reader comments are strongly encouraged. – Ed. The Human Resource (HR) Design Project has completed the first phase of its process. The initial work team … Continue reading

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WUU: “Proposed UW compensation plan may result in greater inequities in pay and a bigger bureaucracy.”

The following press release was received by S&W from the Wisconsin University Union.  Reader comments are encouraged. For Immediate Release: May 1, 2012 For More Information Contact: David Ahrens: 334 1156/ Steve Bauman: 849-4847 Proposed UW Compensation Plan May Result … 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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Give the Wisconsin Compact some teeth.

Last Wednesday, the Joint Finance Committee handed UW System an additional $46.1 million cut in the form a budget lapse, continuing the deleterious trend of divestment from public higher education and the economic engine of Wisconsin. Like the $250 million … Continue reading

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Supporting our future.

As the new year approaches, I have our future students on my mind. Today one of our core values is at stake—something that should concern all of us who are committed to the future of our college, UW–Madison and Wisconsin. … Continue reading

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The real UW pay plan.

This figure (click to enlarge) represents the real and nominal changes in the salary of a UW System employee. This does not include total compensation such as health insurance, costs of leave benefits, etc. However, it does include reductions in … Continue reading

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Rise in sticker price at public colleges outpaces that at private colleges for 5th year in a row.

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published the following article on rising costs at public universities: Rise in Sticker Price at Public Colleges Outpaces That at Private Colleges for 5th Year in a Row, by Beckie Supiano, October 26, 2011 … Continue reading

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The UW Budget: From bad to worse in 2 days.

My posting on Wednesday on the reductions in state funding of UW was incorrect. I relied on a number of news accounts (Milwaukee  Journal-Sentinel, WSJ, etc.) for the information. Now, having read Vice Chancellor Bazzell’s memo, it is clear that … Continue reading

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