Recent news and updates

Budget address set for 7 p.m. tonight

by University Communications

Gov. Scott Walker’s 2013-15 budget address will begin at 7 p.m. It can be viewed online at WisconsinEye.

Walker to deliver budget address Wednesday

by University Communications

Gov. Scott Walker will lay out his proposals for the state’s 2013-15 biennial budget at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Walker has given some insight into his plan to the press. He has said he’ll propose giving the UW–Madison chancellor the authority to set compensation plans at the campus, and giving the same power to the UW Board of Regents at other UW System campuses. Walker has also announced his plan for a $20 million grant program to support workforce and economic development at UW System schools, a block grant to provide flexibility to UW System schools, a plan to ease class credit transfers between UW System and Wisconsin technical colleges, and funding for the UW Flexible Degree option. The governor also proposes increasing block grants for the UW System by $110.7 million.

The budget address can be viewed online live Wednesday night at WisconsinEye.

UW-Madison a leader in value among public universities

by University Communications

According to a national survey, the University of Wisconsin-Madison is among the best values in public universities. For the second year in a row, the magazine Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has ranked UW-Madison 13th in its list of 100 best values in public colleges.

UW System unveils new branding campaign

by University Communications

UW System unveiled a new branding strategy – “Knowledge Powers Wisconsin” – designed to highlight the essential role UW System institutions play in powering the state’s economic strength.

HR Design team releases strategic plan

by University Communications

The HR Design project team has released its strategic plan for the personnel system at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Campus leaders encourage employees review the plan. Related: Campus information sessions, web chats set.

System’s budget request will help boost economic growth in the state

by University Communications

The University of Wisconsin System is seeking reinvestment from the State to help power its contribution to workforce development and economic growth. Read more.

Walker says budget cuts to UW will not be permanent

by University Communications

A $66 million cut to the University of Wisconsin System’s budget will not be made permanent, Gov. Scott Walker said in a letter to state agencies. Read the Associated Press account.

 

Flexibility task force recommends changes to offer UW autonomy

by University Communications

A task force looking into UW System governance and operations is recommending a variety of changes that would give the UW System more autonomy over operational and governance matters, and transfer some authority over spending from state government to the Board of Regents. Read more.

Appointment to leverage the university’s economic development assets to drive job growth

by University Communications

David A. Brukardt has been named associate vice president for economic development for the University of Wisconsin System. UW System President Kevin P. Reilly announced the appointment, following a national search.  In this new position, Brukardt will strengthen relationships between the university system and businesses statewide while also connecting researchers and others among the various campuses, with a goal of driving statewide economic growth. For more information, click here.

Administrative Excellence project holds web chat

by University Communications

Representatives from four Administrative Excellence work teams at UW-Madison – Computer Bundling, Office Supplies, Scientific Supplies, and Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) Supplies – held an  informational web chat on Thursday, May 31. The team members will discuss their recently released recommendations which are aimed at creating efficiency opportunities, and providing a new strategic purchasing direction for the university. Read a transcript of the chat.

Task force grapples with UW System cuts

by University Communications

The Special Task Force on UW Restructuring and Operational Flexibilities heard testimony from representatives of students, faculty, academic staff and classified staff – those closest to the impact of budget cuts. The task force is expected to make its recommendations to the Legislature this summer,the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

HR Design teams submit draft recommendations

by University Communications

A compensation system that is more driven by market and performance factors, a more flexible hiring system, realigning vacation and sick leave into a single system, and redefining the academic staff employee category are among the first draft recommendations from the teams working on the HR Design project. Read more.

Lavigna message on the upcoming release of draft recommendations

by University Communications

UW–Madison’s director of human resources, Bob Lavigna, sent a message this week to employees regarding the progress of the HR Design project. In the message, Lavigna says that preliminary recommendations from seven of the project’s work teams will be released on April 9, and that multiple campus engagement events are planned to gather campus feedback on the initial recommendations. Read more here.

HR Design project seizes an opportunity

by University Communications

University of Wisconsin–Madison Vice Chancellor Darrell Bazzell said this week that the chance to reshape the university’s human resources  system doesn’t come along frequently. Read more here.

Walker: No plans to change WRS

by University Communications

A spokesman for Gov. Scott Walker tells the Wisconsin State Journal that the governor has “zero plans” to change the Wisconsin Retirement System. Read the State Journal’s story.

Ward: Advisory panels would strengthen campus relationships

by University Communications

Advisory committees consisting of regents and local stakeholders could help foster better communication between the UW System Board of Regents and local campuses, Interim Chancellor David Ward on Wednesday told the Legislative Task Force on UW Restructuring. Read more.

Journal Sentinel: Give UW the freedom to manage its own affairs

by University Communications

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel makes the case for more administrative flexibility in a staff editorial. “We support giving the campuses more flexibility to govern themselves. And that includes establishing a local governing board,” the editorial states.

Reilly’s remarks to the state task force on restructuring

by University Communications

UW System President Kevin Reilly also delivered testimony to the Task Force on UW Restructuring and Operational Flexibilities in which he said, “Without adequate state support, the quality of a UW education will slip. Without sufficient and smart investments in need-based financial aid, affordable access to our campuses will shrink, and our economic engine will stall.” Read the text of his remarks.

Task force hears recommendations for flexibility

by University Communications

Wells

The Task Force on UW Restructuring and Operational Flexibility heard from three chancellors — including UW-Oshkosh Chancellor Richard Wells — this week about giving campuses more flexibility. This Oshkosh Northwestern account quotes Wells as saying the focus need to be campus-centric “and the UW System can support us to be even more entrepreneurial and they can hold us accountable.”

Department of Administration announces budget lapses, UW System hard hit

by University Communications

The state Department of Administration announced budget lapses required of state agencies on Friday, with the UW System taking the biggest hit — $46 million — with the vast majority of the cuts coming in this fiscal year. The Wisconsin State Journal offers this account.

Ward says joint stewardship of higher ed is needed

by University Communications

Public universities need to develop a new strategy to remain competitive and advance their vision, University of Wisconsin-Madison’s David Ward told the UW System Board of Regents on Thursday. Read more.

Faculty Senate urges state to reduce proposed budget lapses

by University Communications

The Faculty Senate Monday passed a resolution in support of public funding for higher education, calling on Gov. Scott Walker and the state Legislature to reduce the budget cut targeted at the UW System. Read more.

UW students carry load of Walker’s budget cuts

by University Communications

UW System President Kevin Reilly and CEOs from System campuses — including UW-Madison Interim Chancellor David Ward — say students will suffer the unintended consequences of budget lapses that weigh disproportionately on UW campuses. They say: “There is still time to reconsider the methodology behind this midyear budget lapse and redress its inequities. By doing so, state leaders can send a message to all UW students and their families that higher education is a higher priority in Wisconsin.” Read their Milwaukee Journal Sentinel column.

Chancellor’s message on state budget lapses

by University Communications

Ward

Interim Chancellor David Ward today issued a message regarding state budget lapses. In the message, Ward says: “The university today faces a tough budget situation, one that challenges all of us to be problem solvers.” Read the entire message here.

 

Employee information on the state compensation plan

by University Communications

This week a new state compensation plan was submitted to the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Employment Relations. Click here to read three important messages regarding the state compensation plan. The first is from Robert Lavigna, UW-Madison director of human resources. The others include a message from Michael Huebsch, secretary of the state Department of Administration, and another is from state Office of State Employment Relations Gregory Gracz.