Category Archives: The University System

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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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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A Charter School for the University of Wisconsin? Questions about the new UW Flexible Degree Program

Two events, each with potentially great repercussions for public higher education, came out of the blue last week. While one – the ouster of the President of the University of Virginia – was closely followed nationally and on this campus, … 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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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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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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Press conference today to announce interim chancellor selection.

At a news conference scheduled today at 4 p.m., UW System President Kevin Reilly and Board of Regents President Michael Spector will announce the selection of an interim chancellor for UW-Madison. Coverage of the news conference will presumably be carried … Continue reading

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