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October 9, 2015

Shared Governance at Risk at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

We are now beginning to see the effects of the recently passed budget bill in Wisconsin that eliminated the protections of tenure and shared governance from state statute for the University of Wisconsin. The bill specifically called for deleting a provision in law “specifying that the faculty of each institution be vested with responsibility for the immediate governance of such institution.” Despite claims by Chancellor Rebecca Blank at the University of Wisconsin-Madison that the budget bill would not change shared governance, the Chancellor just presented a proposal to the Board of Regents to waive the non-resident admissions cap for UW-Madison without consulting the Faculty Senate.