New Badger Partnership: Q&APosted: January 31, 2011
On Thursday, I posted about the NBP to dispel some of the myths that have been floating about. Noel Radomski, a candidate for Mayor in Madison commented back with a few points which I’ll try to answer in this post. Reminder: the following are my own understandings/opinions on the matter. I do not speak for the Chancellor (nor would I want to) and I’m trying to answer them to the best of my ability. I’ve left off some analysis because I’m trying not to debate the merits now, just answer questions.
Also, ask Dean Berquam and Chancellor Martin who they mean when they state they want the UW resident undergradute tuition to be near the median of our “peer universities”
So, this is an easy one and anyone who pretends its something else is a fear monger. They both have said repeatedly that this group is Big Ten for tuition. The Chancellor doesn’t try to hide that. In faculty pay however, Peer Group tends to mean the Big Ten plus Berkeley, UCLA, etc. So, I can understand the confusion but regarding tuition, it’s quite clear.
Third, investigate which performance or outcome metrics will be used as our institutional accountability agreements prior to receiving flexibilities from the state and/or UW System.
I’m sure we will know more once the Governor proposes a model for us. You think Rep. Nass is going to allow the UW to receive ANY state funds without oversight? Not likely. 36.09(5) only applies on a per institution basis and any proposal to grant the UW more institutional power is going to come with Shared Gov concessions. Again, we have on record commitments from the Chancellor for that. Specific numbers? I’d imagine something regarding percentage of 4 year graduates, a continuation of a guaranteed percentage of Wisconsin high school students per class, and perhaps a jobs created metric. Those seem likely, but probably missed some. Ideas, anyone?
And finally, which regulations are the target of the UW’s scorn: Wisconsin government? UW System? Both? If so, which ones? Oh, in Virginia, the four campuses that benefited most from the “Virginia Model” all had institutional board of visitors. Ergo sum, who should appoint our new campus board? What should be the composition? Should the Governor appoint with approval by the Senate? Other?
As I understand it, the regulations are mostly Wisconsin State Statute in nature (regulations concerning state procurement etc) and those that say the UW system’s tuition which is understood as one tuition percentage for the system. Additionally, I thought the Chancellor had posted a list of statutes concerning state regulations online, but I can’t find it now. I’ll look again.
We had a discussion regarding the governing model for the new program at the state-wide student government event, United Council, this past weekend. Generally, the conversation seemed to be that if we had a Board of Trustees or Visitors, then we would require two or more student seats depending on the size of the board. The Chancellor has indicated her support for something like this. Also, we would like them to be internally elected, however, most students aren’t willing to have a conversation about this without first having a model in place, etc.
Please ask any more questions you may have in the comments, and I will do my best to provide my analysis about the issue and relay anything that I may have heard, encountered.