Inside Higher Ed
June 5th, 2015
With Wisconsin legislators poised to remove public university tenure
from state statute, many faculty members were hopeful that a Board of
Regents committee would respond forcefully Thursday. But the committee
meeting ended with faculty leaders feeling that they had been let down.
The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents' Education
Committee did vote to preserve tenure in the system regulations even if
it is removed from state statute, but many professors said the committee
could have done more to oppose proposed legislation making it much
easier for faculty members in good standing to be laid off.
“This was a missed opportunity,” and one that increases the
likelihood that the full state Legislature will approve new limits on
faculty power approved last week by its powerful Joint Finance
Committee, said Noel Radomski, director and associate researcher for the
Wisconsin Center of the Advancement of Postsecondary Education at