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Joint Finance Committee Actions on Tenure/Shared Governance Provisions

The Bowman Hall Clock Tower photographed Wednesday, February 4, 2015. (UW-Stout photo by Brett T. Roseman)

This is a memo I sent out this morning to our students, faculty and staff concerning the changes the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee made last Friday to tenure and shared governance provisions in state law.

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee on Friday adopted a sweeping amendment to the governor’s proposed 2015-17 state budget that included changes to Wisconsin’s long-standing laws on faculty tenure, and faculty, academic staff, classified staff and student shared governance. UW System officials still are reviewing the impact of these provisions, and we will keep the campus informed what they determine as the budget makes its way through the Legislature.

However, I wanted to reaffirm in no uncertain terms my commitment to the tenets and value of both our tenure system for faculty and our shared governance system for faculty, academic staff, classified staff and students.

On the tenure issue, the UW System Board of Regents is scheduled on Friday to incorporate the tenure provisions currently in state law into Regent policy.  As a former tenured professor at UW-Stout, I fully support that action.

On the shared governance issue, I have already met with our shared governance leaders and emphasized there will be no change in our reliance on shared governance for efficient and effective campus operations. Frankly, a strong shared governance system is crucial for our university to thrive.

These are unsettling times across the UW System, and I share that anxiety. We will overcome these difficulties, but only if we work together in an atmosphere of trust and collaboration.  A strong shared governance model is key to that trust and collaboration, and I will do everything possible to preserve that model.

Successful alumni return for executive program; budget updates

A successful executive in residency program

Executive in Residence

Nothing makes me happier than to rub shoulders with successful graduates. That’s what I did last week when five graduates came back to campus to participate in the fifth annual Career and Technical Education Executive in Residency Program.

I spent quite a bit of time with the five: Marc Eckmann, a high school principle in Illinois; Jenna Krings, an executive with General Mills; Kari Kull, an administrator for the Manitowoc school district; Shelly Mondeik, a vice president for Northcentral Technical College in Wausau; and Jeff Sullivan, a dean at Chippewa Valley Technical College.

They have all used their UW-Stout degrees, and some have two, to forge very successful careers. I appreciate the time they spent on campus speaking to our students, faculty and staff and inspiring us all to keep achieving.

State budget update, Part 1

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau released its analysis of Gov. Walker’s budget proposal last week. It caused increased concern among some of our employees over several provisions that affect the system and that are deleted in the governor’s budget.

However, I want to caution against jumping to conclusions. In many cases the deletions were made because the governor proposed creating a public authority for the UW System that would have responsibility for the deleted sections.

Shared governance and tenure provisions are examples of these. The leadership of the Board of Regents has made it clear that, in the event a public authority is created, they would put the exact shared governance and tenure provisions that exist in state law into Board of Regent policy. In other sections, such as sexual assault reporting requirements, federal law also comes into play, and the changes were intended to reduce redundant requirements.

Finally, I want to reinforce what a memo from UW System said last week: The governor’s proposal makes no changes in the benefits available to UW System employees. This includes all retirement benefits.

State budget update, Part 2

The UW System budget will be featured during at least two major meetings this week in Madison. On Tuesday, March 3, the Joint Finance Committee will hear testimony from President Cross concerning the budget as the committee begins its review of the entire budget. Then on Thursday, March 5, the Board of Regents meets in Madison and will hold a budget discussion in the afternoon.

The Joint Finance Committee meeting will be available on WisconsinEye. The Board of Regents meeting will be available here.

Finally, I will hold another budget forum at 1:25 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in Ballrooms B and C of the Memorial Student Center. The forum also will be live-streamed and available online.