Flexibility for the University in the News

UW-Madison and the Badger Partnership continue to play a prominent role in the media.

On Friday, Chancellor Martin received public support for increased flexibility from one of her predecessors, former UW-Madison chancellor Donna Shalala. Shalala, president of University of Miami, was recently interviewed by Art Hackett of Wisconsin Public Television. The interview aired on Here and Now and can be viewed below.

While Shalala didn’t specifically mention the Badger Partnership by name, she advocated for increased flexibility, especially in light of decreased state support of higher education. She also noted the biggest challenge facing UW-Madison remains the same as when she was chancellor — the challenge of maintaining a world-class faculty.

Chancellor Martin and the Badger Partnership also took the front page of Isthmus last week. An in-depth article outlined her plan — “Biddy’s Bold Agenda” — for the university. The article notes that Martin is able to sum up the proposal with a simple sentence: “We can’t be treated like just another state agency.” She goes on to say that business leaders and alumni throughout the state recognizes the role the university plays as an economic leader in the state.