This analysis of the U. of Wisconsin draft policies on layoff and post-tenure review comes from the blog of Nicholas Fleisher, Vice-President of the U. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee AAUP Chapter.
This week the UW System Board of Regents will take up the draft policies on faculty layoff and post-tenure review developed by the Tenure Policy Task Force, the latest versions of which were circulated on January 22. The policies go before the Education Committee not at its regular Thursday meeting, but at an extraordinary session on Friday, with all Regents in attendance. The policies will go before the full Board for approval at the Regents’ March meeting.
The draft policies are substantially similar to the versions released in December before the final meeting of the task force, and many of the criticisms of the December drafts apply to the current drafts, as well. The “educational considerations” that are to serve as the fundamental criteria for program discontinuance decisions are still defined in such a way as to be inseparable from financial considerations. Negative post-tenure review decisions are still not subject…
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