The University Committee sent an email message (below) to UW-Madison faculty this afternoon addressing concerns about the future of shared governance on University of Wisconsin System campuses. The subject was raised last week at a UW System Board of Regents meeting where Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Burlington) said that chancellors need to be more nimble and faculty governance could hurt the system.
By now you may have heard that questions have been publicly raised by state legislators concerning the future of shared governance in the UW System. We would like to assure you that the University Committee, along with governance groups for the academic staff, classified staff, and students have been engaged in dialogue with Chancellor Blank, and with our counterparts on other UWS campuses, to make clear the benefits of shared governance. The UC, in concert with PROFS, other governance groups and the chancellor are working actively to carry this message to state and legislative officials at the capitol.
We thank you for your patience as the UC and our shared governance partners continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds. We will send updates as they become available.
The members of the University Committee
The University Committee is comprised of six faculty members, each serving 3 year terms: Michael Bernard-Donals (English), chair; Mark Cook (Animal Science); Jo Ellen Fair (Journalism & Mass Communication); Dorothy Farrar-Edwards (Kinesiology); Elizabeth Meyerand (Biomedical Engineering); and Grant Petty (Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences).