A pair of state Assembly Democrats want to bring back the long-time concept of shared governance on University of Wisconsin System campuses. The Capital Times reports that a bill from Representatives Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton) and Terese Berceau (D-Madison) would nullify the top-down management that Republicans placed in the current state budget.
The GOP authored change concentrated the power on campus to the chancellor — with faculty, staff, and students in advisory roles.
Hesselbein told a news conference on Monday that the change resulted in her son losing his faculty adviser and another of his favorite professors. Madison professor Judith Burstyn said shared governance is one reason that faculty members stay at the UW despite what she calls “pay well-below our peers.”