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July Board of Regents Special Meeting

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will meet via Webex in a special meeting at 12:30 pm today. The link to register for the meeting is here.

The meeting will be the first for Interim President Tommy Thompson who began as president on July 1.

The Regents will consider approval of several agreements and plans before hearing an overview of Title IX and discussing plans to reopen campuses this fall. The full agenda is below:

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UW System Board of Regents June Meeting

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will meet via videoconference Thursday, June 4. Live webcast coverage of the full board portion of the meeting is here.

The Regents meet in committee Thursday morning:

  • The Audit Committee will discuss several items relating to internal audit, pandemic disruption, and compliance.
  • The Capital Planning & Budget Committee will hear several reports and consider authorization to complete the design and construction of UW-Madison’s Chemistry 2nd Floor Wang Laboratory Renovation project.
  • The Research, Economic Development & Innovation Committee will hear three perspectives on research, economic development and innovation in light of COVID-19 from committee chair Robert Atwell.
  • The Business & Finance Committee hear several reports and consider approval of two contracts.
  • The Education Committee will consider approval of several new degree programs, including a Master of Science: Business — Analytics at UW-Madison; changes to Regent Policy Document 20-2 (Student Evaluation of Instruction); and the 2020 Report on Faculty Promotions, Tenure Designations, and Other Changes of Status. The committee will also consider approval of the creation of six new schools at UW-Stevens Point, a reorganization that was the result of two-years of strategic planning and discussion.

The full board meets at 12:45 pm. They will hear reports from Board President Andrew Petersen and UW System President Ray Cross. They will also consider approval of the 2020-21 annual operating budget and hear presentations on student behavioral health and the seamless transfer program. The board concludes in closed session.

PROFS Welcomes Michael Bernard-Donals as President

Michael Bernard-Donals

PROFS welcomes English Professor Michael Bernard-Donals as president and extends deep gratitude to Kinesiology Professor Dorothy Farrar Edwards for her service as president for the past three years. Farrar Edwards remains a member of the steering committee.

Bernard-Donals is returning to the faculty after serving as Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty and Staff for the past six years. He has served as a member of the PROFS Steering Committee since 2014. He was also a member of the University Committee from 2011-14 and served as its chair in 2013-14. 

UW System President Ray Cross Discusses “Blueprint” on UpFront

University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross appeared on WISN’s UpFront with Adrienne Pedersen Sunday to discuss his Blueprint for the University of Wisconsin System Beyond COVID-19.

Cross introduced the blueprint to the Board of Regents Friday. His plan instructs each regional four-year campus to identify its strongest programs so cuts may be made in areas with limited student interest or instructional capabilities. The plan also includes administrative consolidation and an expansion of online course offerings. UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee are exempt from the directive.

Many faculty throughout UW System have expressed concern about the lack of shared governance in this process, which Cross characterized Sunday as “aggressive and quick.” Cross did not comment on shared governance explicitly in the interview, but said that the board “will seek input from folks in the process” (below).

If they (the Board of Regents) choose to adopt a blueprint, then the faculty and staff around the campuses and communities will be engaged in the process of trying to evaluate this through an objective model that is well known through higher education. How do you refine your mission and make choices on priorities? How do you evaluate programs and services?

Blueprint for the University of Wisconsin System Beyond COVID-19

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents met in a special meeting yesterday. A large part of the meeting was to discuss a “blueprint” (below) for moving the System forward in light of the tremendous budget shortfalls due to COVID-19.

While UW-Madison is exempt from this plan, PROFS continues to carefully monitor the action of the board to ensure that principles of shared governance are honored throughout the process.

Some faculty and legislators have spoken out with strong concerns about the plan. State Representative Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point), a member of the Assembly Colleges and Universities Committee, sent a letter (below) to UW System President Ray Cross outlining her thoughts on the plan. She is particularly concerned shared governance groups and legislators part of the development of the plan before it was announced and how this plan may affect issues related to equity and access.

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