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Developments in the University of Wisconsin System

The AAUP issued a statement today about developments in the University of Wisconsin System. After the Wisconsin Legislature passed Act 55, removing tenure and shared governance protections for faculty in the University of Wisconsin System, the AAUP and AFT-Wisconsin called on the Wisconsin Board of Regents to put in place policies consistent with AAUP principles through a process involving appropriate faculty and staff governance bodies. The Board of Regents temporarily enshrined prior statutory language in policy and created a system-wide shared governance task force to promulgate new governance policy. The UWS administration assured the AAUP that the Regents policy would follow AAUP standards, and system administrators had an initial conversation with the AAUP’s Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, and Governance. 

The shared governance task force has since been disbanded and draft recommendations being circulated contain numerous examples of potential violations of AAUP-recommended policies and standards. The Board of Regents is currently considering a policy similar to one in place at the University of Michigan. Of particular concern are policies related to post-tenure review. The AAUP national staff and leaders remain willing to assist in ensuring that policies in the University of Wisconsin System comport with AAUP standards, but current developments in the University of Wisconsin System are not promising.

Read or download the .pdf of the statement here.

Publication Date: 
Thursday, November 5, 2015