Category Archives: Statements

Chancellor urges action on New Badger Partnership

by University Communications

Chancellor Biddy Martin today sent a campuswide message to update faculty, staff and students about the New Badger Partnership.

In it, she makes a call to action, urging supporters to contact budget-writing lawmakers, UW System President Kevin Reilly and the Board of Regents to “speak out as individuals, citizens and taxpayers, and not on behalf of the university. With your own time and resources, tell them we need their support of the public-authority model in the current state budget, not only for the good of UW-Madison, but also for the good of the state.”

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Chancellor update on the New Badger Partnership

by University Communications

Chancellor Martin emailed the following message to campus on Wednesday, March 9.

Dear Members of the Campus Community,

As you prepare for spring break, I want to update you again on some of the elements of the New Badger Partnership.

The discussions at the Faculty Senate on March 7 and at the campus forum on March 8 were extremely helpful. I thank the speakers for their questions, comments and analysis. I was made aware of several recurring questions and concerns that I would like to address for the larger community. I will be brief. Read more »

Provost, Graduate School message to graduate students

by University Communications

The following message was sent by Provost Paul M. DeLuca Jr. and Graduate School Dean Martin Cadwallader to UW-Madison graduate students on Thursday, March 3.

Dear Graduate Students,

We are aware of some confusion regarding what Governor Scott Walker’s budget
proposal does or does not do regarding tuition remissions for UW-Madison
graduate assistants.

We want to clarify with you again that tuition remissions will continue. Read more »

Chancellor Martin’s statement on the governor’s budget proposal

by University Communications

University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin said Tuesday that Governor Scott Walker’s proposed cuts to higher education in Wisconsin will be very difficult to absorb after years of cuts to the campuses. She is encouraged, on the other hand, by the governor’s forward-looking proposal to give increased flexibility to UW-Madison, and, over time, other UW System institutions.

Read her entire statement regarding the proposed 2011-13 budget.

Chancellor Martin's Feb. 16 letter to the Board of Regents

by University Communications

Chancellor Biddy Martin sent a letter to the Board of Regents on Feb. 16, making the case that the flexibilities offered by the New Badger Partnership would allow  the university to best generate revenue and use it in the most effective ways for the good of the university and the state.

“There is nothing to be gained, in this economic and political environment, from opposing an innovative and helpful step that could move the entire system and state forward,” Martin wrote. “I do not believe the preservation of administrative form matters nearly as much as the substance of the argument we have been making.”

Click to keep reading the full letter.

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Chancellor Martin's presentation to the Board of Regents

by University Communications

Chancellor Biddy Martin appeared before a special Board of Regents meeting on Friday to discuss flexibilities at UW-Madison prior to the unveiling of the governor’s 2011-13 state budget. The prepared text of her remarks follows. Read more »

Provost, Graduate School message to graduate assistants

by University Communications

The following message was sent by Provost Paul M. DeLuca Jr. and Graduate School Dean Martin Cadwallader to UW-Madison TAs and PAs on Saturday, Feb. 19

Subject: Graduate Student Tuition Remission and Related Issues

Dear Graduate Students:

We understand there is significant concern about what may occur on March 13, 2011, when the state will no longer extend the terms of the Teaching Assistants’ Association (TAA) collective bargaining agreement, should the governor’s budget repair bill pass as written. Read more »

Provost message on Thursday work, class day

by University Communications

Provost Paul M. DeLuca Jr. sent the following message to the campus community Wednesday evening.

Students, faculty and staff,

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is aware that classes may be disrupted tomorrow (Thursday, Feb. 17) as a result of reaction to the budget repair bill.

We value public debate and participation in the political process, however, we do not believe that this should come at the cost of a day of instruction for our student body. We are advising students to attend class, and faculty and staff to teach in the way they normally would. It is the responsibility of instructors to ensure that students’ educational opportunities are preserved. Read more »

Reaction to proposed budget repair bill

by University Communications

As the public hearing on Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget repair bill gets under way in the Capitol, many groups on campus are responding to the provisions that affect UW-Madison employees and students.

On Sunday, the Associated Students of Madison voted unanimously to oppose the budget repair bill, while the Academic Staff Assembly Monday passed a resolution opposing the budget repair bill. There is also a website detailing the effect of the budget repair bill on academic staff.

The UW-Madison College Republicans have posted a message in support of Walker’s plan. Judith Burstyn, professor of chemistry, chair of the University Committee of and chair of the Board of Directors of PROFS, representing the UW-Madison faculty, has also distributed her testimony from the public hearing. (PDF.)

For those with questions about how the budget process will proceed, UW Extension put together a list of next steps.

DeLuca memo regarding state budget process

by University Communications

Provost Paul M. DeLuca Jr. sent the following message to the campus community in the evening of Monday, Feb. 14 regarding political activities in the university community. The memo reads as follows. Read more »