Some excellent insight into the current issues surrounding the future of higher education in the Wisconsin system. What makes this debate interesting from the instructional design perspective is that instructional designers may be asked to implement new efficiencies to save money or be seen as “non-essential” staff. If you work in higher education, you should be paying attention to where this leads.
See also the WISCAPE blog for further information:
By Richard Grusin
In Scott Walker’s first budget in 2011, the one that included the notorious Act 10, which outlawed the formation of, and any substantive bargaining from, public employee unions, there was a proposal to split off UW-Madison from the UW System by making Madison a “public authority.” Back in 2011 plans for this separation of Madison from the UW System went so far that Biddy Martin, then UW-Madison Chancellor, had prepared the text for a new Chapter 37, which would apply only to UW-Madison and would govern it as a public authority that preserved all of the protections for academic freedom, faculty governance, and tenure that are written in to the Wisconsin Statutes. This 2011 proposal would have left the legal status of the rest of the System unchanged under Chapter 36, which lays out the statutory authority (and guidelines) for the University of Wisconsin System, the…
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