The $66 billion spending plan passed Thursday by the state Legislature for the next two years includes important administrative flexibilities for UW System institutions and preserves a critical state broadband network.
As state lawmakers continue the budget process, UW–Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin says she is optimistic that legislators on both sides of the aisle have heard the call for greater flexibilities for UW–Madison, as well as for all other UW System institutions.
The University of Wisconsin–Madison Faculty Senate Monday backed a motion supporting the proposal to establish the university as a public authority separate from the UW System.
The motion approved by the Faculty Senate also gives the University Committee, the Faculty Senate’s executive body, the flexibility to work for a compromise if the public authority proposal is removed from the budget.
Appearing before the UW System Board of Regents on Thursday, Chancellor Biddy Martin said restructuring UW–Madison as a public authority would give the university a chance to gain the flexibilities it needs to deal with looming budget cuts. After a vigorous discussion, regents voted to ask the governor to grant all system schools flexibilities, in a plan they call the Wisconsin Idea Partnership.
A crowd of nearly 300 people packed a room at Grainger Hall on Wednesday to hear Chancellor Biddy Martin describe how UW–Madison will benefit from being restructured as a public authority as called for in the governor’s proposed budget.
University of Wisconsin–Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin said Tuesday that Governor Scott Walker's proposed cuts to higher education in Wisconsin will be very difficult to absorb after years of cuts to the campuses. She is encouraged, on the other hand, by the governor's forward-looking proposal to give increased flexibility to UW–Madison, and, over time, other UW System institutions.
During the next two weeks, Chancellor Biddy Martin will be holding a pair of forums on developments regarding the New Badger Partnership and the state budget process. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend.