The Chronicle of Higher Education
September 2nd, 2015
In the spring of 1990, Scott Walker, then a senior at Marquette
University, decided to leave college before finishing his degree. A job
in finance had opened up at the American Red Cross in Milwaukee, and Mr.
Walker, now the governor of Wisconsin and a Republican candidate for
president, leapt at the opportunity. "Certainly, I wanted an education
for more than a job," he has since said, "but my primary purpose was to
get a job."
It’s impossible not to consider that statement when regarding the governor’s recent gambits in higher-education policy.
In January, when Governor Walker released his proposed budget for the
next two years, he put the finances and mission of Wisconsin’s
university system front and center. He recommended granting the system
autonomy from several state regulations, but as part of the deal he
proposed to cut $300 million from the University of Wisconsin budget over two years while freezing tuition. In addition, he pushed to remove protections for tenure and shared governance from state law.