New Badger Partnership: What We KnowPosted: January 27, 2011
There has been a lot of speculation/commentary/support/anger over the phrase “New Badger Partnership” but I’m going to try to set the record straight in some areas and just point out what we do and don’t know right now.
Myths to be dispelled:
- This is Chancellor Martin’s proposal: FALSE, there is no proposal. There is a list of statutes that restrict our operations and the Chancellor has indicated that the University would like more leeway with those. That’s it. There is no fleshed out Master Plan for language changes, that’s the Governor’s gambit still. We will know A LOT more after he presents the budget on February 22nd.
- This is Privatization: Mostly FALSE. The actual funding sources don’t really change all that much. We’re already funded privately by a good amount so using this term is both inaccurate and fear-mongering. There are legitimate reasons to be concerned about the NBP but don’t use misleading terminology to advance the cause.
- ASM is in the Admin’s lap: FALSE. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve looked Dean Berquam in the eye and demanded that students continue to be involved. I can’t tell you how often Brandon has told the Chancellor that Chapter 36 in the state statutes ( 36.09(5) for those unfamiliar) cannot be touched by the changes. We’ve assured that students won’t be screwed by a repeal of Shared Governance. This is our most powerful tool and we are continuing to exert it.
- Tuition will rise: With or without the NBP, tuition will rise. Governor Walker and the Legislature are slashing all around and the UW WILL HAVE TUITION INCREASES. That’s just a fact so let’s not make THAT point central in this debate.
- Shared Governance will be committed to: Obviously, without a specific proposal from the Governor, we have no idea how the new model will look so we can’t plan definitely for what will happen. We do, however, have commitments from the Chancellor and the Dean of Students that should the University gain unilateral tuition power, STUDENTS WILL BE APPOINTED TO THIS BOARD VIA SHARED GOVERNANCE.
- State agencies that have asked for MORE money are being shut out: According to a meeting I attended yesterday, when speaking about bargaining strategies, Vice-Chancellor Darrell Bazzell spoke of other “State Agencies that have been cut out of the process because they were asking for more money”. Legislators ARE NOT WILLING TO LISTEN to additional funding proposals. It’s a do the best with what you have mentality.
- For more numerical/ specific info check the official site: New Badger Partnership I’ll let you decide what is fact and what is propaganda there, but I think it’s mostly solid.
What we don’t know:
- The Governor’s Budget: the Governor will announce his budget on February 22nd and then we will have a few weeks to digest this and prepare an actual proposal/response.
- The new structure: As frightening as it is, we won’t know the new structure until the budget is released with its changes. AFTER the budget comes out, we can assure our specific places in the Shared Gov hierarchy but before then, it’s just a mental exercise that doesn’t accomplish much.
- How Seg Fees will be treated: ASM will be making (new legislation next week) the protection of our Segregated Fee reserves a top priority. They shouldn’t be taken by the state but until they are reclassified or legally protected, they can be swept up, like what happened two years ago.
So there is a very brief outline hopefully without too much bias in one way or the other. Educate yourselves on this matter. Read the paper. Know what fellow students are thinking.
More to come