Resolutions on proposed budget cuts

Governance groups and related organizations at UW-Green Bay have joined others at campuses statewide in voicing their consensus on the UW System budget cuts proposed in the governor’s 2015-17 budget for the state of Wisconsin. Their resolutions:

Faculty Resolution

The UW-Green Bay Faculty Senate approved the following resolution on Wednesday, February 11, 2015:

“Whereas the proposed $300 million dollar budget reduction to the UW-System would irreparably damage the quality of the education we provide and our ability to serve our students, the citizens of Wisconsin, and the state economy, be it resolved the UW-Green Bay Faculty vehemently opposes this unprecedented cut. We also reaffirm our commitment to the Wisconsin Idea and to shared governance and tenure as essential to the existence of the University System.”

Academic Staff Resolution

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Academic Staff Committee approved the following resolution on Friday, February 6, 2015:

“The ability to understand an issue from multiple perspectives allows the identification of the best resolution. The goal is not to find the answer, it is to identify what the correct questions are that need to be asked.

Whereas the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in their interdisciplinary approach to education is committed to producing graduates who are poised to face issues and contribute to the successful navigation of global, social and economic future, be it resolved that the Academic Staff object both the rapidity and excessiveness of the proposed 2015-17 budgetary cuts to the UW-System.”

University Staff Resolution

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay University Staff Committee, on behalf of the university staff body, approved the following resolution on Monday, February 9, 2015:

“Whereas, The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s mission to deliver quality education to a diverse student body by cultivating knowledge, encouraging investigation into disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields, and promoting civic engagement and lifelong learning will be severely hampered by the magnitude of the proposed UW System budget reductions; be it Resolved, That the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s university staff is committed to its unwavering support of our campus mission and opposes the 2015-17 proposed budgetary cuts to the UW-System.”

UW-Green Bay Retirees Association Resolution

President Jim Wiersma, president of the association, presented the following resolution to be made part of the record for the Faculty Senate on February 11, 2015. (The UW-Green Bay Retirees Association is not a shared-governance entity as defined by state statute.)

“Whereas the Board of Directors of the UW-Green Bay Retirees Association is deeply concerned with the consequences of the reduction in funding for the UW-Green Bay campus as proposed by Governor Walker’s 2015-2017 budget, let it be known that this Board is in full support of the resolution passed by UW-Green Bay Faculty Senate on February 11, 2015.”