Author: Michelle Felber

June Board of Regents Meeting

Universities of Wisconsin logo The Universities of Wisconsin Board of Regent will meet at UW-Milwaukee on Thursday and Friday, June 6 and 7. Zoom links to the open portions of the meeting are available here.

This is the first board meeting for newly-appointed Regents Jack Salzwedel, Tim Nixon, and Desmond Adongo. Salzwedel and Nixon will serve 7-year terms, while Adongo will serve a 2-year term as a non-traditional student.

The Regents will meet in committee Thursday morning:

  • The Audit Committee will hear several reports, including the UW-Milwaukee’s NCAA Division I Athletics 2023-24 report and the FY24 Audit Plan Progress Report. The committee will also consider approval of the FY25 Audit Plan and the FY25 Annual Plan for the Office of Compliance and Risk Management.
  • The Capital Planning & Budget Committee will discuss granting authority for several building projects, the sale of a parcel of land at the Marshfield Agricultural Research Station, and a UW-Madison lease agreement. The committee will consider approval of a report on how UW-Madison will honor veterans and military service as part of the Camp Randall Sports Center Replacement Project.
  • The Business & Finance Committee will hear a report from UW-Milwaukee on financial and administrative planning and consider approval of a contractual agreement at UW-Madison and the 2024-25 UW System annual operating budget. The committee will also hear an update on shared services across the Universities of Wisconsin.
  • The Education Committee will consider approval an institutional policy on campaigning in residence halls, four new degree programs, including two at UW-Madison, and the 2024 tenure and promotion report. The committee will also discuss a dual enrollment report and hear an update from the UW System Division of Academic and Student Affairs.

The full board will meet Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. On Thursday, the board will introduce newly-appointed Regents (see above) and hear reports from outgoing Regent President Karen Walsh and Universities of Wisconsin President Jay Rothman. Rothman is expected to provide an update on free speech and civil dialogue on campus.

The Regents will also meet in closed session on Thursday afternoon. They will discuss a student request to review disciplinary action at UW-Madison, a faculty request to review UW-La Crosse personnel decisions, and chancellor personnel evaluations.

On Friday, the Regents are scheduled to recognize the 2024 Academic Staff Excellence Award winners, elect new Board officers, and approve their 2024-25 meeting schedule.

 

 

PROFS Statement on Paid Parental Leave

Last week the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents met and heard about the implementation of paid parental leave for UW-Madison and Universities of Wisconsin institutions. PROFS has been working diligently for several years to bring this much-needed benefit to faculty and staff, including post-doctoral fellows. While we strongly support UW’s paid parental leave plan, we will continue to push for paid family leave for all Wisconsin workers. Our statement:
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April Board of Regents Meeting

Universities of Wisconsin logoThe Universities of Wisconsin Board of Regents will meet at the University if Wisconsin-Platteville Thursday and Friday, April 4 and 5. Zoom links for the open portions of the meeting are here.

Regents will meet in committee Thursday morning.

  • The Business and Finance Committee will hear a presentation on a sustainable financial future from UW-Platteville and consider approval of 2024-25 tuition rates, two contractual agreements, and new paid parental leave policies for UW-Madison and the UW System.
  • The Education Committee will consider approval of a continued test optional admissions policy through summer 2027 and several new degree programs, including a BS in dairy and food animal management at UW-Madison. The committee will also hear updates on dual enrollment and the student behavioral health initiative.
  • The Audit Committee will hear an updates on recent audits and the audit plan progress report.
  • The Capital Planning & Budget Committee will hear a presentation from UW-Platteville and consider approval of changes to a Regent policy document relating to the removal of unneeded structures. The committee will also move into closed session to consider approval of the naming of facilities at UW-Madison and UW-La Crosse.

The full board will meet Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. On Thursday, Regents will consider approval of 2024-25 tuition rates and hear a presentation from UW-Platteville and updates from Regent President Karen Walsh and Universities of Wisconsin President Jay Rothman. The Regents will also consider performance evaluations for chancellors and compensation adjustments for the UW President and chancellors.

On Friday, the Regents will watch a video presentation on this year’s Research in the Rotunda and present the 2024 Regents Teaching Excellence Awards. An optional closed session is on the agenda, and the Regents may also vote on action taken aforementioned closed session.

April Legislative Update

The update below was shared with members of the Faculty Senate yesterday. The Senate meets in Room 272 Bascom Hall on the first Monday of the month, October through May, except in January.

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PROFS Forum on the Future of Flagship Universities

States from coast to coast are considering or have already announced plans to drastically cut public higher education funding. At the same time, many state legislatures are introducing bills that limit or ban DEI efforts, dictate curriculum, and eliminate tenure.

Where does that leave the flagship university, once the crown jewel of public higher education?

PROFS will host a public forum on April 24 to discuss national trends, how UW-Madison compares to our flagship peers, and what that might mean for Wisconsin.

PROFS President Michael Bernard-Donals will moderate our panel:

The forum will be held in the Wisconsin Idea Room (Room 159) in the Education Building. Refreshments will be served.

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PROFS Statement on the Closure of UW-Milwaukee at Waukesha County

Last week, UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone announced the decision to close UWM’s two-year campus in Waukesha in 2025. PROFS is very concerned about the process undertaken to date and expects UWM and the Universities of Wisconsin to follow Regent policies and the principles of shared governance going forward. Our statement:

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Wrecked: State Politics and the Deinstitutionalization of Public Higher Education

Wrecked by Barrett J. Taylor

The Havens Wright Center for Social Justice is sponsoring an online event featuring University of North Texas Counseling & Higher Education Professor Barrett J. Taylor. Taylor will discuss his most recent book, Wrecked: State Politics and the Deinstitutionalization of Public Higher Education, via Zoom at noon, Thursday, February 29. Pre-registration is required to attend.

From the publisher:

Higher education is a central institution in U.S. democracy. In the 2010s, however, many states that spent previous decades building up their higher education systems began to tear them down.

Growing hostility toward higher education reflected changing social forces that remade the politics of U.S. higher education. The political Right became increasingly reliant on angry white voters as higher education became more racially diverse. The Republican party became more closely connected to extremely wealthy donors as higher education became more costly.

In Wrecked, Barrett J. Taylor shows how these social changes set a collision course for the Right and higher education. These attacks fed a policy agenda of deinstitutionalization, which encompassed stark divestment from higher education but was primarily characterized by an attack on the institution’s social foundation of public trust.

In response to these attacks, higher education officials have offered a series of partial defenses that helped higher education to cope in the short-term but did nothing to defend the institution itself against the long-term threat of declining public trust. The failure to address underlying issues of mistrust allowed conflict to escalate to the point at which many states are now wrecking their public higher education systems.

Wrecked offers a unique and compelling perspective linking higher education policymaking to broader social and political forces acting in the twenty-first century.

 

February Board of Regents Meeting

Universities of Wisconsin logo The Universities of Wisconsin Board of Regents will meet at UW-Madison’s Union South on Thursday and Friday, February 8 and 9. UW-Madison will host the Regents at the Chazen Museum of Art on Wednesday evening and at Olin House on Thursday evening. Open portions of the meeting will be available on Zoom.

Regents will meet in committee Thursday morning:

  • The Audit Committee will hear several updates, including the FY24 Audit Plan Progress Report; UW-Madison’s NCAA Division I 2022-23 Athletics Report; the Risk, Compliance and Audit Program; and the Youth Protection and System Policy.
  • The Capital Planning and Budget Committee will discuss giving authority to several campuses for a variety of items, including the construction of UW-Madison’s Camp Randall Sports Center, the sale of the Chancellor’s residence at UW-Milwaukee, and permission for UW-Eau Claire to lease a building for student housing. The committee will move into closed session to consider personal histories as they relate the naming of a facility at UW-Madison.
  • The Business and Finance Committee will discuss several contractual agreements, including one at UW-Madison with Fanatics, hear two reports on information technology projects, and an update on the Universities of Wisconsin’s engagement with Deloitte as it relates to the 2023-28 Strategic Plan and elimination of structural deficits at several campuses.
  • The Education Committee will consider four new degree programs, including a Bachelor of Science in Design, Innovation, and Society at UW-Madison, and consider approving a policy that would eliminate application fees at all campuses except UW-Madison, UW-Eau Claire and UW-La Crosse. The current policy limits the application fee waiver to a student’s first three applications, with the exception of the campuses listed above. UW-Madison will also host a presentation on undergraduate research.

The full board will meet Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. On Thursday the board will hear updates from UW President Jay Rothman and Regent President Karen Walsh. UW-Madison Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin will address the board on the topic of “Innovation for the Public Good” and Associate Vice President Monica Smith of the UW Office of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging will provide an update.

On Friday the Regents will consider approval of committee action, participate in a panel discussion,“Strategic Alliances: Maximizing Federal Funding Opportunities Through Public-Private Partnerships,” and present the 2024 Regents Diversity Awards.

February Legislative Update

This legislative update was shared with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Faculty Senate Monday. PROFS President Michael Bernard-Donals shared the 2022-23 PROFS Annual Report with the Senate.

The senate meets the first Monday of every month at 3:30 pm during the academic year, October through May, except in January, and visitors are always welcome.

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PROFS Annual Report

Each year PROFS presents its annual report to the Faculty Senate. On Monday, PROFS President Michael Bernard-Donals presented the 2022-23 to the Senate.

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