The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 4th, 2015
Faculty advocates are up in arms over proposed legislation
in Wisconsin calling for a sweeping overhaul of the state’s
public-university system. The measure, passed by the Legislature’s Joint
Committee on Finance as part of negotiations on the state budget, would
greatly reduce faculty members’ say in the University of Wisconsin
system’s affairs and scrap state laws providing them job protections
such as tenure.
Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican who set in motion the effort to
overhaul the university system, and the leading Republican lawmakers who
back the measure argue that the system needs to become more top-down
and nimble to remain competitive. Faculty representatives who oppose the
bill argue it will trigger an exodus of talented professors and hinder
the system’s efforts to recruit top scholars.