Regina Millner, president of the UW System Board of Regents, contributed an essay headlined “The Challenge of Change” to the fall issue of Trusteeship magazine. “All across the country,” she begins the piece, “declining state support for public universities is prompting reassessment of what it is that we as universities do, how we do it, and why we do it. Significantly, this comes at a time when most experts agree that more Americans must attain a college credential if we are to remain competitive in the global marketplace.” Millner says governing boards are called upon to nurture the culture of the academy, including academic freedom, tenure, and shared governance; ensure financial responsibility, transparency, and accountability; provide a relevant and responsive program array; help grow the state’s economy while ensuring students are prepared for careers; and fulfill “our promise to families who look forward to sending their students to our institutions.” She goes on to describe the need for Regents to be engaged listeners and attentive to the learning and teaching ramifications of emerging technology.
The UW System Board of Regents is planning a public hearing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26, at the Gordon Dining and Event Center (in the second floor’s Overture Room), 770 W. Dayton Street, Madison. The topic is a move to amend Chapters UWS 4, 7, 11, Wis. Admin. Code, relating to dismissal proceedings for faculty and academic staff in instances of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking, and to amend Chapter UWS 17, Wis. Admin. Code, relating to disciplinary proceedings for students in instances of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. The Board of Regents will accept written comments until Nov. 2, online. The rules are available for review.
How much more elite will UW-Madison become now that a cap on the number of nonresident students it can enroll has been lifted? It won’t, Chancellor Rebecca Blank assured the UW System Board of Regents Friday as they voted to approve her proposal to waive the 27.5 percent cap and let UW-Madison take more out-of-state students. That’s the lead to Capital Times news coverage.
For those of you who are into it, the Board of Regents will once again be video streaming the monthly meeting for the benefit of those who can’t be there in person. Live from Madison, 1:15 to 4 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday.
In a proposed move that could ultimately affect applications and enrollment at other UW System institutions (because Madison’s ripples are felt statewide), the UW’s flagship campus will this week ask UW Regents for permission to lift the school’s cap on out-of-state students. UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank says the move could attract more young people to Wisconsin and boost tuition revenue in the wake of deep budget cuts. Currently, out-of-state undergraduate enrollment at Madison can’t exceed 27.5 percent of total undergraduate enrollment. See news coverage.
Members of the UW System Board of Regents took advantage of Friday’s meeting in Whitewater to publically speak out against an Assembly bill that would make it a felony to conduct research with newly procured fetal tissue. Regents from both ends of the political spectrum including Gerald Whitburn, Charles Pruitt, Michael Grebe and Regent President Regina Millner characterized the legislation as over-reach, saying that ethical, vital, state-of-the-art research, especially at UW-Madison, would be imperiled if the bill passes. The Capital Times has coverage. For more on the fetal-tissue issue, and other items of interest from Friday’s meeting, see the UW System recap.
No, not boring. Board of Regents. Per usual, their big monthly meeting will be videostreamed live in all its glory between 9 and noon Friday (Sept. 11) from the campus of UW-Whitewater.
The Board of Regents’ education committee is hearing proposed revisions to UW-Extension’s mission statement that would allow it to grant business certificates, associate degrees and bachelor’s degrees through the UW System’s Flex Option program. Extension currently doesn’t offer any degrees.
The UW System Board of Regents approved a 2015-16 budget Thursday that factors in $125 million in “painful” annual cuts from the Governor and Legislature. Several Regents and UW System officials were vocal in reacting to the actions necessitated by GPR reduction in state funding. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, reports that Regent Charles Pruitt voted against the budget, the first time in his 12 years on the board, which he called “a symbolic vote.” Said Pruitt, “Now for two budgets in a row, there’s been a toxic blend of deep budget cuts and a tuition freeze. The short- and long-term consequences of this budget are profound.” For the J-S coverage, click here.
With Senate passage yesterday and Assembly approval possible today, it’s likely the UW System Board of Regents will have a good handle on what the 2015-17 state budget allocation will be when board members meet Thursday (July 9) in Madison to ratify the System’s one-year spending plan. UW-Green Bay is anticipating a $2.8 million GPR cut as its share of what is expected to be an overall UW System reduction of $250 million. As always, the BOR meeting will be videostreamed, this time from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. or whenever the festivities conclude, here.