Wisconsin Regents Give Campus Leaders More Autonomy

The governing board of the University of Wisconsin adopted a pair of proposals on Thursday that will give the chancellors of individual campuses a more direct role in running the system and streamline the process for approving new degree programs on campuses, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. The proposals were prompted in part by belt-tightening—the campuses are facing an 11-percent reduction in state funds, and the system needs to trim 25 percent of its administrative costs. They also come on the heels of other moves to give the campuses more autonomy that followed the unsuccessful effort this past spring to separate the flagship campus at Madison from the system. The Madison effort was championed by Gov. Scott Walker and the campus’s chancellor at the time, Carolyn A. (Biddy) Martin.

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