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UW’s Hillman explains to Inside Higher Ed, ‘Why Wisconsin Matters to You’

June 05, 2015

UW-Madison's Nicholas Hillman is the author of an opinion piece in Friday’s Inside Higher Ed that is headlined, “Why Wisconsin Matters to You.”

In it, Hillman explains how a move by lawmakers in Wisconsin to undermine tenure has national implications.

Nicholas Hillman
Hillman begins by writing: “What happens in Wisconsin will not stay in Wisconsin. Lawmakers here are moving quickly to hollow out the definition of tenure and strip away due process rights for faculty members and academic staff. For legislators in other states who want to dismantle public higher education, they might look here to find new plays for their playbooks.”

Hillman is an assistant professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and is an affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE)

Hillman concludes his essay by writing: “As much as I wish this were all political theater or a simple misunderstanding, it is not. It is a very real threat and one that has been years in the making. Instituting the $250 million budget cut will create the conditions where the Board of Regents can exercise their new authority to fire at will. The long-term academic and financial costs will far outweigh the short-term political benefits, and I hope our elected officials have the ability to see that far down the road.”

But for a more nuanced take on this complex and controversial topic, make sure and check out Hillman’s entire op-ed for free on the Insider Higher Ed website.