Inside Higher Ed
February 5th, 2015
Governor Scott Walker backed away Wednesday from an effort to end the
University of Wisconsin’s mission to search for truth and improve the
human condition -- at least on paper.
A draft of Walker’s budget proposal, which cuts the university budget by $300 million
over the next two years, would have removed key parts of the Wisconsin
university system’s mission from state code. The word changes shocked
Wisconsin higher education leaders and faculty, even those seemingly
numb to a governor famous for antagonizing educators.
Following a day of criticism, Walker's spokeswoman said the changes were "a drafting error," though he had spoken favorably of some of the controversial changes earlier in the day.