Noel Radomski, director and associate researcher of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), was quoted extensively in the Badger Herald about UW-Madison’s new tenure policy.
“Though (the policy) has been dubbed as ‘fake’ tenure, there is nothing fake about it,” said Radomski.
“As an outsider, my view is that (the Board of Regents) understood that if they went further (with layoff procedures), that could have serious consequences -- both from a public perception problem, but also how that might be implemented, (whether it) would … trigger more faculty layoffs,” he said.
However, he said, the finalization of the policy was not without "hiccups."
“Before the board approved UW-Madison’s tenure policy, the UW System’s education committee revised the policy to give the chancellor a bit more power in the discontinuance of a program process,” explained Radomski. This upset the Faculty Senate, because "the finalized policy was different from the one it approved last fall."
“Many campuses have been waiting for UW-Madison’s proposal to be voted on before building their own,” Radomski continued.
“But what will be interesting to see in the future will be not how the tenure policy changes affect UW-Madison, but how they will affect other UW System schools,”he said.
WISCAPE is housed within the School of Education.