Monthly Archives: September 2010

A Downside to Restructuring?

According to Inside Higher Education, public universities in Virginia are learning that sometimes you don’t always get what you want — or what you thought you had. Over the past five years, a handful of public universities including the University…

Flexibility Main Topic of Forum

More than 60 faculty, staff and students attended yesterday’s forum on the funding of public higher education. PROFS was pleased to welcome Chancellor Biddy Martin, Regent President Chuck Pruitt, and business leader Kathi Seifert and encouraged them to share their…

Reschovsky: State Budget Deficit to Top $3.1 Billion

UW-Madison economist Andrew Reschovsky has found that Wisconsin likely faces a larger biennial budget deficit than the oft-quoted $2.7 billion. While the state’s Legislative Fiscal Bureau determined the state would need about $2.5 billion to balance the 2011-13 budget, Reschovsky…

Cap Times Campus Connection

Chancellor Biddy Martin’s proposed Badger Partnership is gaining wider attention. Todd Finkelmeyer writes about tomorrow’s Funding Higher Education forum and how it relates to possible new funding models for the university in today’s Capital Times online. The forum, which is…

Orszag Column Highlights Importance of Wednesday’s Forum

Peter Orszag, writing in yesterday’s New York Times, points to rising health care costs as the primary reason why states have had to reduce their commitment to higher education in recent years. Orszag, former director of the White House Office…

Funding Higher Education Forum

How states, Wisconsin in particular, fund their institutions of higher learning will be the topic of a public forum next week. Chancellor Biddy Martin will be joined by Regent President Charles Pruitt and business leader Kathi Seifert. Pruitt, a member…

Fall Primary Election Next Week

Wisconsin’s fall primary election will be held Tuesday, September 14. There are several elections of local interest, including the Democratic contest in the 77th Assembly District. PROFS hosted a forum of candidates last month, giving faculty the opportunity to learn…

UW (University of Washington) Faces Funding Crisis

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported earlier this week that the other UW — the University of Washington — faces similar financial problems to UW-Madison. The university has already endured a 33-percent budget reduction from the state, with more cuts…