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Update on academic freedom, tenure, and shared governance

by WISCAPE Staff | Nov 30, 2015

The University of Wisconsin System Tenure Task Force released its draft policies on ​faculty ​layoff and ​tenured ​faculty ​review and ​development earlier this month. This work comes on the heels of the passage of Act 55, which removed provisions for academic freedom, tenure, and much of shared governance from state statute. The Board of Regents established th​e task force to create policies for ​board consideration. The UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, and UW-Whitewater chapters of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) have expressed serious concerns about the draft ​policies and their adherence to common professional standards of academic freedom, tenure, and shared governance.

​Links to the ​task ​force draft​ policies as well as the response from the AAUP chapters​ are ​included below for your information.

Task Force draft layoff policy recommendations
Task Force draft faculty post-tenure review recommendations
Task Force draft suggested definitions
Response from Wisconsin chapters of the AAUP

The ​task ​force meets today, November 30, to discuss the draft policies. The Board of Regents meets December 10-11 (the final agenda has not been released).

What are your reactions to the draft polic​ies​ from the task force and the AAUP chapters’ response? We encourage you to ​comment using the form below.

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