UW-Madison and the State Budget http://budget.wisc.edu Information on the state budget’s impact on the university Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:41:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Cost containment measures for UW System http://budget.wisc.edu/budget-news/cost-containment-measures-for-uw-system/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cost-containment-measures-for-uw-system http://budget.wisc.edu/budget-news/cost-containment-measures-for-uw-system/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:41:34 +0000 http://budget.wisc.edu/?p=2089 UW System administrators released a memo regarding immediate cost containment measures for UW System Administration. The restrictions do not apply to UW–Madison.

Darrell Bazzell, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, says UW-Madison is taking a cautious approach to spending in the face of a challenging budget picture. He noted that Deans and Directors have gone through a budget-reduction exercise and are being prudent in their review of all spending requests.

Bazzell says UW-Madison officials are carefully balancing measures to contain costs with the need to continue the university’s mission.

“For example, banning out-of-state travel for all UW–Madison employees would significantly hamper the ability of faculty and researchers to do collaborative work in other states,’ he says. “These collaborations result in millions of dollars in returned investment to Wisconsin’s economy.”

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UW officials: Teaching is one important part of faculty duties http://budget.wisc.edu/budget-news/uw-officials-teaching-is-one-important-part-of-faculty-duties/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=uw-officials-teaching-is-one-important-part-of-faculty-duties http://budget.wisc.edu/budget-news/uw-officials-teaching-is-one-important-part-of-faculty-duties/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:13:52 +0000 http://budget.wisc.edu/?p=2085 Teaching is a vital part of the role of faculty and instructional staff. But the job includes many other worthy activities, UW-Madison officials noted Wednesday in response to suggestions from Gov. Scott Walker about increasing faculty workload.

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Budget in Brief provides answers on UW–Madison budget http://budget.wisc.edu/budget-news/budget-in-brief-provides-answers-on-uw-madison-budget/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=budget-in-brief-provides-answers-on-uw-madison-budget http://budget.wisc.edu/budget-news/budget-in-brief-provides-answers-on-uw-madison-budget/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:39:01 +0000 http://budget.wisc.edu/?p=2081 As discussion begins on Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal for the UW System budget, download the Budget in Brief, a guide to how the University of Wisconsin–Madison is funded and how those funds are allocated by the university.

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Coverage of Gov. Walker’s budget proposal for UW System http://budget.wisc.edu/budget-news/coverage-of-gov-walkers-budget-proposal-for-uw-system/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=coverage-of-gov-walkers-budget-proposal-for-uw-system http://budget.wisc.edu/budget-news/coverage-of-gov-walkers-budget-proposal-for-uw-system/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:31:05 +0000 http://budget.wisc.edu/?p=2079 Campus, legislative leaders concerned about Scott Walker’s proposed UW cuts but welcome flexibilities

Walker Proposes $300M Cut To UW System, New Freedoms

Deep Cuts in Wisconsin

UW officials warn of layoffs following budget plan

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Chancellor Blank reacts to Governor Walker’s budget proposal http://budget.wisc.edu/budget-news/chancellor-blank-reacts-to-governor-walkers-budget-proposal/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=chancellor-blank-reacts-to-governor-walkers-budget-proposal http://budget.wisc.edu/budget-news/chancellor-blank-reacts-to-governor-walkers-budget-proposal/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:16:49 +0000 http://budget.wisc.edu/?p=2076 Although we have not yet seen full details of Governor Walker’s plan, I am concerned about the magnitude of the proposed budget cuts and their impact on UW-Madison.

These proposed cuts are believed to be the largest in the history of the university. In the past, large cuts have always been mitigated by additional tuition revenue from resident and non-resident students.

The proposed cuts, on top of the reduction in the last state budget, would result in a more than 15 percent decrease in state funds to the university over a four- year period. Fully absorbing these cuts would have a harmful impact on our students and their educational experience.

I appreciate the opportunity for additional flexibility and management efficiencies that a public authority might bring, and would work hard to implement these effectively on our campus. It would be challenging, however, to engage in a major reorganization while also coping with a large budget cut.

The time-tested values of shared governance and tenure have made us strong and competitive. President Cross and Regent leadership have indicated that these values will continue to be honored through board policy.

As we learn more about the Governor’s proposal I will keep our campus community and governance groups informed. We will continue to advocate for funding levels and policies in the upcoming legislative session and budget debate that assure UW-Madison remains a top public research university.

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UW System President Cross, Regent leaders respond to Walker budget proposal http://budget.wisc.edu/budget-news/uw-system-president-cross-regent-leaders-respond-to-walker-budget-proposal/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=uw-system-president-cross-regent-leaders-respond-to-walker-budget-proposal http://budget.wisc.edu/budget-news/uw-system-president-cross-regent-leaders-respond-to-walker-budget-proposal/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:16:09 +0000 http://budget.wisc.edu/?p=2071 UW System President Ray Cross said in a statement that the cuts proposed by Gov. Scott Walker are “substantial” and “will impact every one of our institutions.” But he said the proposal also offers the system and opportunity to enter into a new relationship with state government. (Read the full statement.)

“The UW System and its institutions will gain the ability to manage procurement, human resources and some building projects – important flexibilities that we have long sought,” Cross said. “These flexibilities will allow us to manage pricing in a way that reflects the market and actual costs. The flexibilities also ensure our continued commitment to affordability, accessibility and quality educational experiences for our students and Wisconsin families.”

UW Board of Regents President Michael Falbo said the public authority proposal “maintains the strong relationship between this outstanding public university and the people of this state. It also provides the university with the opportunity to be more responsive, more efficient, and even more closely committed to the Wisconsin Idea that defines it.”

Walker’s proposal would also shift shared governance and tenure from state statute to Board of Regents policy. UW Board of Regents Vice President Regina Milner said, ” While the Governor’s proposal will have implications on tenure and shared governance, the Board of Regents is committed to ensuring that both remain hallmarks of the UW System and its institutions.”

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Gov. Walker proposes budget cut, greater autonomy for UW System http://budget.wisc.edu/budget-news/gov-walker-proposes-budget-cut-greater-autonomy-for-uw-system/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=gov-walker-proposes-budget-cut-greater-autonomy-for-uw-system http://budget.wisc.edu/budget-news/gov-walker-proposes-budget-cut-greater-autonomy-for-uw-system/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:57:37 +0000 http://budget.wisc.edu/?p=2069 In a press release issued this morning, Gov. Scott Walker detailed his budget plan for the UW System, including  a funding reduction of $300 million and formation of a public authority with greater autonomy from state government.

Here is the release in full:

Empowering a Stronger UW System to Educate our Children for the Workforce of Today and Tomorrow

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 – Press Release

Madison – Governor Scott Walker today announced plans to give the UW System full flexibility of its use of state resources, while maintaining college affordability with another two-year tuition freeze.  In exchange for the added flexibility, state taxpayers will realize $150 million in savings annually.

“Reforming the partnership between the state and the UW System will save money and allow the UW System the flexibility to better serve those seeking higher education,” Governor Walker said.  “The people of Wisconsin deserve a government that is more effective, more efficient, and more accountable, and this plan protects the taxpayers and allows for a stronger UW System in the future.”

Under the plan, which is included in Governor Walker’s 2015-17 State Budget proposal, the UW System would receive a true GPR block grant from the state with independent authority over spending.  The University of Wisconsin System Authority will continue to be one of the best university systems in the nation.

Keeping Governor Walker’s promise, the resident undergraduate tuition freeze will continue for two more years making it four straight years tuition has been frozen.  After that, the UW System Authority institutions will have flexibility to adjust tuition based on demand, making them more competitive and market-based.

The move allows the UW System to make decisions relating to employee compensation, allowing it to create personnel and compensation structures that increase its ability to compete for the best and brightest.   The UW System will also have independent authority to establish policy regarding employee matters, including sick leave, tenure, and shared governance.

Under the agreement, the UW System will be able to use cost saving measures, using its authorization to negotiate and enter into procurement contracts that meet its needs and can seek lower costs by working with other higher education institutions.

The UW System will be authorized to plan, design, and manage construction projects funded with tuition, fees, gifts and grants, thus reducing project time to completion.

The amount of reporting will be reduced and streamlined, while maintaining necessary state oversight.

The UW System will manage the Minnesota/Wisconsin student reciprocity program for the state, allowing UW institutions to better compete with Minnesota and serve the education needs of students.

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Budget proposal includes $300 million cut to UW System, public authority http://budget.wisc.edu/budget-news/budget-proposal-includes-300-million-cut-to-uw-system-public-authority/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=budget-proposal-includes-300-million-cut-to-uw-system-public-authority http://budget.wisc.edu/budget-news/budget-proposal-includes-300-million-cut-to-uw-system-public-authority/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:21:20 +0000 http://budget.wisc.edu/?p=2067 Gov. Scott Walker laid out some details of how his budget will affect the UW System in an interview with the Associated Press. Read the article.

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Columnist: UW System budget discussion deserves public attention http://budget.wisc.edu/budget-news/columnist-uw-system-budget-discussion-deserves-public-attention/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=columnist-uw-system-budget-discussion-deserves-public-attention http://budget.wisc.edu/budget-news/columnist-uw-system-budget-discussion-deserves-public-attention/#comments Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:45:23 +0000 http://budget.wisc.edu/?p=2063 In the Wisconsin State Journal, columnist Tom Still sets the stage for the coming debate on funding the UW System.

“The details aren’t known because Gov. Scott Walker is keeping his cards vested, but the UW System is bracing itself for a round of state budget cuts in the two-year cycle that begins July 1. That’s the ‘stick,’” Still writes. “The ‘carrot’ may be enhanced management flexibility for the UW in areas such as hiring and pay decisions, certain tuition categories, construction projects and other areas now overseen by the state.”

“The question is whether the budget cuts, which may total hundreds of millions of dollars, will be offset by cost savings and other efficiencies generated by looser apron strings tied to state government.”


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State budget projected to close with $283 million deficit http://budget.wisc.edu/budget-news/state-budget-projected-to-close-with-283-million-deficit/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=state-budget-projected-to-close-with-283-million-deficit http://budget.wisc.edu/budget-news/state-budget-projected-to-close-with-283-million-deficit/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 20:47:10 +0000 http://budget.wisc.edu/?p=2065 The Legislative Fiscal Bureau is projecting a shortfall of $283 million in the state budget when the 2014-15 fiscal year ends on June 30.

Read the LFB memo.

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