Monday, August 3, 2015

Uncertainty, concern over future of tenure draw national attention to UW System - Nico Savidge, Wisconsin State Journal

Governor Walker touted the changes in his veto message, saying the 2015-17 budget “modernizes the concept of tenure” by having the UW System write protections into Regents policy, and “reforms shared governance” by giving chancellors greater authority. University officials can now lay off tenured faculty “when such an action is deemed necessary due to a budget or program decision requiring program discontinuance, curtailment, modification or redirection.” Previously, professors could only be laid off in a financial emergency or for serious misconduct. Critics of the budget also say the shared governance changes demote faculty, staff and students, putting them in a “subordinate” role in decision-making. http://host.madison.com/news/local/education/university/uncertainty-concern-over-future-of-tenure-draw-national-attention-to/article_063cb365-f8f8-5aa2-b14e-335afc4424b7.html

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