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Radomski: Before granting UW System public authority status, examine Virginia

February 17, 2015

Since Gov. Scott Walker released his proposed 2015-17 biennial budget -- which includes a $300 million cut to the UW System and plans to grant the System public authority status -- many have asked if there are lessons we can learn from other states about the likely impact of the governor’s recommendation.

Noel Radomski
Noel Radomski, the director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), writes: “Based on a literature review, conversations with higher education scholars and system administrators, and an informative Wisconsin State Journal article by Dan Simmons, one state sticks out above all others: Virginia.”

Radomski’s article is headlined, “A comparison of the proposed UW System Public Authority and the Restructuring Act in Virginia,” and it is posted to the WISCAPE blog.

Radomski concludes his in-depth look at this complex topic by proposing three recommendations: that the UW System not be granted public authority status in the 2015-17 biennial budget; that a bipartisan, blue ribbon commission be created to more closely analyze the governor’s proposal; and only after this significant proposal has been more closely vetted, should the governor and Legislature make an informed decision on whether or not granting the UW System public authority status is a wise move.

But make sure and check out Radomski’s entire post for free on the WISCAPE blog.

WISCAPE's mission is to promote the creation and sharing of ideas for addressing Wisconsin's postsecondary education challenges. The WISCAPE blog will be updated with posts throughout the state’s budget process.