Category Archives: The University Budget

UW System may soon trail Department of Corrections in share of state funding.

For many years there has been an interest in the ever-increasing state funding of corrections (aka “prisons”) and the simultaneous decline in the proportion of state funding of higher education. While there is reasonable debate about whether the state contribution … Continue reading

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Politics and UW-Madison: Confronting the new reality

It is easy — indeed, it is natural after a series of crises to mistake a momentary calm for a return to normalcy. We, of course, want the threats to subside and to return to the way things once were … Continue reading

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Review of NBP Controversy in Inside Higher Ed

In Inside Higher Ed‘s otherwise balanced and comprehensive review of the NBP and its remains, one statement stands out as demonstrably false and ultimately self-serving:  Near the end of the very long article, on the issue of continued state support … Continue reading

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System and Madison: A little data

Bashing System and the Regents has joined football, hockey and basketball as a major sport on the UW-Madison campus, including in (often grossly insulting) comments on this blog. As Sara Goldrick-Rab has just pointed out (here), players in this game … Continue reading

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The dead parrot has finally fallen off its perch.

Three weeks ago, S&W contributor Joe Salmons shared his conviction, apparently based on his conversations with key lawmakers, that Public Authority was already dead. Despite that spreading belief, which was also shared by Paul Fanlund of the Capital Times and … Continue reading

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Commentary on the creation of a separate governing board for the UW-Madison while UW-Madison remains within the UW System Administration

[The following article was provided to legislators this week by Dr. Harry Peterson.  It is reproduced here with his permission.  – Ed.] I understand that there is no significant legislative support to break away the UW-Madison from the UW System … Continue reading

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Nailed to its perch

Please, I beg you, stop talking about public authority as if it were still viable. It’s DEAD, really truly dead. And people are finally saying as much in print. Paul Fanlund, for instance, writes in today’s CapTimes: Martin adamantly rejects … 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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Will flexibility to retain star faculty create downward salary pressure for everyone else?

Some of the recent statements for support for NBP come from stars among our faculty. It is no secret that the major reason to seek more flexibility is to meet the challenges in keeping the stars from moving to greener … Continue reading

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State Journal guest editorial: NBP arguments “vague”, “elitist”.

Daniel Bush, an alumnus of both UW-Madison and UW-Oshkosh, has written a guest editorial for today’s issue of the Wisconsin State Journal: Vague argument, elitist attitude hurt UW-Madison autonomy plan It seems unlikely that Mr. Bush reads Sifting and Winnowing, … Continue reading

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