UW System Presidential Search input and listening sessions (Dec. 19)

An online comment webpage has been created in order to allow UW System faculty and staff to give input on the Presidential Search for the next UW System president. In addition, there will be two video listening sessions on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Please register here if you wish to listen in. For more information, read the memo from Regent Vice President Michael M. Grebe.

Regent President Millner: ‘The Challenge of Change’


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 word ‘socialism’ in the 2016 presidential campaign


UW-Green Bay Prof. Harvey J. Kaye of the Democracy and Justice Studies academic program was among the historians interviewed for background information by Washington Post reporter David A. Fahrenthold for his feature report, “What is a democratic socialist?” Kaye was not quoted directly in the article; you can read the analysis involving Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Fund balances continue to drop


System President Ray Cross told the Board of Regents last week that the UW System’s program revenue fund balance at the end of fiscal year 2015 was $923.9 million – a 15.7 percent decrease from two years ago. That balance is further projected to drop to $690 million by the end of the current academic year – for a 37 percent decrease since FY 2013. “That ongoing decrease reflects the use of balances to address the tuition freeze and to bridge the 2013-15 budget reductions,” Cross said. See a UW System news recap.

UW President Cross talks to Hornacek about System’s future


On a recent visit to UW-Green Bay, the president of the University of Wisconsin System, Ray Cross, sat down with WLUK-TV investigative reporter Robert Hornacek for a half-hour interview broadcast on the “CW 14 Focus” public affairs program. Cross talks about the recent state budget cuts, his views on tenure, perceptions of UW System “ivory tower arrogance”… and also 300-bushel-an-acre corn yields, spittle beetles, calls for merger of UW Colleges and the state tech schools, and more. Interesting conversation.

College Republicans, Democrats sit down with TV-5

Nice job by the respective UW-Green Bay chapter presidents of the College Democrats and College Republicans Wednesday afternoon. Students Jacob Immel and Alexander Girard appeared live, on-set, with WFRV-TV 5’s 4 o’clock news host Kris Schuller to offer a student perspective on this week’s big presidential candidate debate. The student Dems posted a from-the-screen recording of the segment on their Facebook page.

Cross talks about Gov. Walker’s errata


(Sounds kind of racy, doesn’t it? But we digress.) UW System President Ray Cross issued a statement last week concerning the technical corrections to his budget proposal that the governor released recently, including several key aspects of the public authority proposal and the preservation of the Wisconsin Idea. Cross questioned the CPI-based tuition cap proposed in the Governor’s latest document.

SGA election results: It’s Stepp-Lones in 2015-16


The results are in on this month’s UW-Green Bay Student Government Association election. Newly elected to executive positions for 2015-16 are Hannah Stepp, president, and Lorenzo Lones, vice president. They finished with 384 votes to claim a statistical majority and wide margin over the Murphy-Nichols ticket (196 votes) and Spaulding-Osteen (159). Stepp is currently chair of the University Governance subcommittee. She’ll formally take over from Vanya Koepke on passing-of-the-gavel day, May 1.

President Cross: ‘I’ll quit if cuts aren’t reduced’

UW President Ray Cross says he’ll quit if he can’t convince legislators to reduce a $300 million cut that Gov. Scott Walker wants to impose on campuses. Cross told faculty and students at UW-Milwaukee on Wednesday that he’ll resign if he can’t win substantial reductions and protect academic freedom. Here is the story from the Journal Sentinel.