The Chronicle of Higher Education
May 31st, 2015
Faculty members at the University of Wisconsin were disheartened on
Friday after a state legislative committee approved proposals that would
limit the faculty’s role in shared governance and eliminate laws
The proposed changes, which some see as an attack on academic
freedom, came from the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee, which is
working to finalize the state budget. Both chambers will still have to
approve the budget before it goes to the governor, who could alter the
document further with his line-item veto power.
The university system’s president and Board of Regents have promised
to adopt new tenure protections in the university’s policies. But some
faculty members have lost trust in the system’s leaders, whom they blame
for leading a misguided attempt to free the system from many state
regulations as a "public authority."