Category: UW System

October Board of Regents Meeting

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will meet at UW-Eau Claire tomorrow and Friday, September 29 and 30. Registration for the livestream of the open portions of the meeting is here.

Regents will meet in committee Thursday morning:

  • The Audit Committee will hear several reports and updates, including the FY2023 Audit Plan Progress Report and an Information Technology Security Program update.
  • The Capital Planning and Budget Committee will consider approval of construction projects and the sale of parcels of land at several UW System institutions and granting authority of UW-Madison to enter into a lease for multiple schools and colleges at University Research Park. UW-Madison will also present a master plan for the West Innovation Park.
  • The Business and Finance Committee will hear a presentation on UW-Eau Claire’s financial planning in support of its strategic plan and a proposal to reorganize the UW System Office of Finance and Administration. The committee will also review Regent Policy Document 22-2, Disposal of Works of Art.
  • The Education Committee will hear a presentation on strategies to expand high-impact experiences for LGBTQIA+ students, an update from the Caregiving Task Force, and a panel discussion on serving students with disabilities. The committee will also consider approval of a new business analytics degree program at UW-La Crosse.

The full board will meet Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Thursday’s agenda includes updates from UW System President Jay Rothman and Regent President Karen Walsh. Walsh will update the board on chancellor searches at UW-Whitewater and UW-Platteville and preview the board’s November meeting, while Rothman’s agenda includes updates on his first 100 days, a trip to Washington, DC, the start of the fall semester, and preliminary enrollment figures. UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Jim Schmidt will also address the board on the topic of inclusion and innovation.

On Friday, the board will consider approval of the previous day’s committee action, hear a panel discussion on the value of economic development collaborations, and present the 2022 Staff Excellence Awards. An optional closed session is also on the agenda.

 

 

August Board of Regents Meeting

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will meet in Green Bay on Thursday and Friday, August 18 and 19. The meeting will be held in the UW-Green Bay University Union and livestreamed via Webex.

Regents will meet in committee Thursday morning:

  • The Business & Finance Committee will hear several reports and presentations, including one from UW-Green Bay on investing in access and student success. The committee will also discuss the 2023-25 biennial budget request which includes funding for 4% employee pay increases in each year of the biennium, a 4% increase in general operation funding, and funding for the Wisconsin Tuition Promise.
  • The Education Committee will discuss the benefit and challenges of direct admissions, hear a presentation from UW-Green Bay on how the university thinks differently about higher education, and consider approval of three new degree programs at UW-Green Bay (Master of Public Administration), UW-Madison (Master of Science in Engineering Management), and UW-Parkside (Master of Science in Physician Assistant).
  • The Audit Committee will discuss several topics related to internal audits and compliance and hear UW-Green Bay’s Annual Division I Athletics Report.
  • The Capital Planning & Budget Committee will hear a report on UW-Green Bay and consider approval of the 2023-25 capital budget request.The capital budget request focuses on repairing aging facilities, modernizing learning environments, removing obsolete facilities, expanding STEM and health sciences education, and promoting improved planning. UW-Madison projects included in the 2023-25 capital budget request include a new Engineering building, relocation of the Art Department, replacement of the Camp Randall Sports Center (The Shell), and several smaller projects.

The full board will meet Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.

Thursday’s agenda includes updates from UW System President Jay Rothman and Board of Regents President Karen Walsh, presentations on affordability and how student aid can improve talent development and the number of college graduates in the state. The board will also vote on the 2023-25 biennial and capital budgets.

On Friday, the board will review and consider approval of committee work and have panel discussions on advising and talent engagement and workforce readiness in northeastern Wisconsin.

Statements on Supreme Court Decision

The University of Wisconsin System, UW-Madison, and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health all released statements last Friday following the United States Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

UW System President Jay Rothman:

We know that abortion remains a highly contentious issue that directly affects our students. We are reviewing the U.S. Supreme Court decision to determine what impact it may have on our universities. Like others, we will monitor the legal process surrounding this issue and will adhere to the law as it continues to evolve.

UW-Madison Interim Chancellor John Karl Scholz:

This morning, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a decision on Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health that overturns the precedent set by Roe v Wade almost 50 years ago. We recognize the decision evokes a wide range of feelings in our community as it alters long-standing federal protections and allows states to regulate abortion without federal constitutional standards.

While UW–Madison will continue to meet all applicable legal requirements, we are facing a period of uncertainty as the new legal status for abortion access in Wisconsin is interpreted and challenged. We know this uncertainty may affect some members of our community more than others.

We are concerned about the decision’s implications for patient care and clinical training of obstetrics and gynecology residents. We will continue to work to understand the full impact of the Supreme Court’s decision and assess its implications for the campus community.

We encourage you to seek support and community in ways that feel right to you. Campus resources are also available to anyone seeking assistance in processing change and uncertainty:

Students may contact University Health Services by calling 608-265-5600 (option 9) or schedule an appointment through MyUHS.Employees may access services through the Employee Assistance Office.

Employees may access services through the Employee Assistance Office.

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Dean Robert N. Golden, MD:

The decision by the Supreme Court of the United States on Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health to overturn the abortion access precedent set by Roe v Wade has significant implications for the patients and populations we serve. The ruling is directly relevant to the relationship between women and their health care professionals, and we are assessing how it may impact clinical training.

We remain completely dedicated to our patients, and will provide the best care possible and trustworthy, accurate medical information. We will continue to provide outstanding, comprehensive obstetrics and gynecology residency training. And we will continue to advance health equity by identifying ways to support marginalized populations that are disproportionally affected by barriers to accessing reproductive healthcare.

We will continue to meet all applicable legal requirements. While there may be some uncertainties regarding legal interpretations of state statutes, we will continue to comply with laws related to reproductive health care.

 

June Board of Regents Meeting

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will meet in Milwaukee on Thursday and Friday, June 9 and 10. The meeting will be held in UW-Milwaukee’s Zelazo Center, 2419 Kenwood Blvd. A livestream of the open portions of the meeting is available by registering here.

Regents meet in committee Thursday morning:

  • The Audit Committee will discuss several items including the 2022 and 2023 Audit plans and the UW System Administration Fiscal Misconduct Policy and Procedures document. The committee will also hear an update from the Chief Compliance Officer.
  • The Capital Planning and Budget Committee will discuss several real estate transactions and construction projects, including the sale of parking adjacent to the UW Foundation Building and renovation projects at the Elvehjem Building and Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Building. The committee will also hear a presentation from UW-Milwaukee and an update on the 2023-29 Capital Plan.
  • The Research, Economic Development and Innovation Committee will hear from about innovative partnerships from UW-Milwaukee and strategic visioning from UW-Stout, UW System’s polytechnic university.
  • The Business and Finance Committee will hear an update on the financial impact of Covid-19 and consider ten agreements, including four at UW-Madison.
  • The Education Committee will consider approval of renaming UW-Milwaukee’s College of Business, new degree programs at UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, and UW-Whitewater and liberal arts transfer programs with Southwest Technical College and Chippewa Valley Technical College. The committee will also hear a report on meeting students’ basic needs.

The full board meets Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. On Thursday afternoon, the Regents will hear updates from UW System President Jay Rothman and Regent President Edmund Manydeeds, a presentation on expanding UW-Milwaukee’s impact from Chancellor Mark Mone, and a presentation on the value of a college degree. The board will also discuss the 2022-23 Annual Operating Budget, including tuition and fees. The proposal includes continuing the in-state undergraduate tuition freeze that has been in place since 2013.

On Friday, the board will hear UW-Milwaukee’s Annual NCAA Division I Athletics Report and recognize the recipients of the 2022 Academic Staff Excellence Awards.

 

UW System President Jay Rothman on For the Record

University of Wisconsin System President Jay Rothman appeared on WISC-TV’s For the Record. In an interview with Naomi Kowles, Rothman discussed continuing an in-state undergraduate tuition freeze, his support of incoming UW-Madison Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin, plans to implement a modified campus free speech survey in the fall, and how he plans to work with members of the Wisconsin Legislature.

 

UW-Madison Chancellor Blank’s Address to the Board of Regents

University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank delivered her final address to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents last Thursday, February 10. Her remarks were part of the board’s two-day February meeting which was hosted by UW-Madison at Union South. Chancellor Blank is leaving UW-Madison at the end of the spring semester to become president of Northwestern University.

 

February Board of Regents Meeting

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will meet in Madison on Thursday and Friday, February 10 and 11. UW-Madison is hosting the meeting, which will be held in Union South’s Varsity Hall, 1308 West Dayton Street. Registration for the Webex videoconference of the meeting is here.

Regents are invited to a site visit and reception at the College of Engineering Wednesday evening. Regent business will not be conducted during this informational visit. A new building on the Engineering campus is top priority of UW-Madison, and Governor Tony Evers recently signed bipartisan legislation providing $1 million to plan and design the building.

Regents begin the two-day meeting with committee work on Thursday morning:

The Audit Committee will discuss several reports and consider a new policy relating to youth programs on UW System campuses.

The Capital Planning and Budget Committee will hear a presentation by UW-Madison on future facilities planning and consider granting authority for UW-Madison to sell two parcels of land to University Research Park and design and renovate two lab spaces.

The Research, Economic Development and Innovation Committee will hear a report from UW-Madison on recent biotechnology research and discuss corporate research and clinical trial contracting processes.

The Business and Finance Committee will hear a report from UW-Madison on strategic investments and consider approval of several agreements at UW-Madison and UW System. They will also hear updates on the budget and gifts, grants, and contracts.

The Education Committee will consider approval of a realignment of academic units at UW-Milwaukee, a transfer agreement between UW-Stevens Point and North Central Technical College, and ten new degree programs, including three at UW-Madison. Committee members will also discuss a change to the class audit policy and application fees waivers and reductions. UW-Madison will also host a presentation on student academic success.

The full board meeting Thursday afternoon includes updates from Regent President Edmund Manydeeds and a presentation from UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank. The Regents will move into closed session to discuss compensation agreements for three UW-Madison football coaches, an employee who earns more than 75% of the UW System President’s salary, and UW System chancellors and president. The Regents will also discuss crime prevention and detection strategies.

On Friday, the Regents will hear an update from outgoing UW System Interim President Tommy Thompson. Thompson has served as interim president since June 2020 and will step down March 18. Last month, Regents named Milwaukee attorney Jay Rothman as UW System President. Rothman begins his duties June 1 and former Regent President Michael Falbo will serve as interim president from March 18 until Rothman takes office.

The Regents have cancelled their one-day meeting on March 10.

 

 

 

February Legislative Update

This legislative update was shared with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Faculty Senate y. The senate meets the first Monday of every month at 3:30 pm during the academic year, October through May, except in January. Guests are welcome to attend meetings, which are held in Room 272 Bascom Hall, 500 Lincoln Drive.

The Wisconsin Legislature has been busy with committee hearings and floor sessions, and Governor Tony Evers is scheduled to deliver his State of the State address on February 15. Evers and members of the Legislature will make a final legislative push over the next several weeks before turning their attention the November elections.

Fall Elections

Democratic Governor Tony Evers is running for re-election, but Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes has instead joined a crowded field of Democrats vying to challenge two-term Republican Senator Ron Johnson. The Republican race for the gubernatorial nomination heated up last week when Delafield businessman Kevin Nicholson announced his candidacy, challenging former Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch for the Republican nomination.

Legislature

PROFS is actively lobbying on and monitoring several pieces of legislation:

  • Assembly Bill 195/Senate Bill 323   PROFS registered against these bills that prohibit transgender women from participating in UW System and Wisconsin Technical College System intercollegiate, intramural, and club sports. AB 195 passed the Assembly but failed passage 2-3 in a Senate committee. However, it could still be scheduled for vote in the Senate floor this session. Our statement on this legislation is on the PROFS website.
  • Assembly Bill 413/Senate Bill 409  PROFS is registered against these bills that essentially ban instruction on systemic racism at UW System and the Wisconsin Technical College System. Last week, the Committee on Colleges & Universities recommended passage of the bill along party lines, 10-4. PROFS’ statement in opposition to the bill is on our website. PROFS was also registered against similar legislation targeting K-12 public schools which was vetoed by Gov. Evers last Friday. PROFS is also registered against legislation that targets training for state and local government employees (AB 414/SB 410).
  • Assembly Bill 568/Senate Bill 557  PROFS is registered in favor of these bills that expand the type of revenue the university currently is allowed to invest to generate additional returns. Both bills passed unanimously in committee but neither have been scheduled for a floor vote.
  • Assembly Bill 639/Senate Bill 602  PROFS is registered in favor of this legislation. The bill will provide funding $180,000 in funding in each of the next two years for UW-Madison’s Missing-in-Action Recovery Project. SB 602 passed in committee but has not been scheduled for a floor vote.
  • Assembly Bill 775/Senate Bill 728  PROFS registered in favor of this bipartisan legislation that provides $1 million to plan and design a new engineering building at UW-Madison. Gov. Evers signed this bill into law late last month.

UW System Presidential Search and UW-Madison Chancellor Search

The UW System Board of Regents named Milwaukee attorney Jay Rothman as UW System President. Rothman, Chair and CEO of Foley & Lardner, will begin in June. He is a graduate of Marquette University and Harvard Law School. The UW-Madison Chancellor Search Committee released a position description last month and is accepting nominations until March 11. The committee hopes to announce finalists for the position in April.