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Radomski discusses changes in UW-Madison shared governance

March 06, 2017

Noel Radomski, associate researcher and managing director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), was quoted in a Daily Cardinal article discussing shifts in shared governance at UW-Madison.

Last year, the approval of the use of UW's Red Gym as an Amazon package pickup zone (without consultation from student or faculty groups) raised concerns.

"As a part of his 2015-’17 budget," the article explain​ed, "Gov. Scott Walker edited the language in state statute outlining the responsibilities of the UW System. In essence, the role of students, faculty and staff shifted from that of policy developers to policy advisors, a move that left many in fear over the true weight of their voice."

​Radomski said "that education policies are changing all across the world, some more restrictive than others."

“As it relates to UW-Madison in particular," he continued, "the question is how are the students, academic staff, faculty and the university staff, going to move forward because [on] this campus, shared governance is expressed through campus committees.”

“Even with the changes in state law... unless there is noticeable change at the committee level, student governance won’t be severely impacted​,” he said.

Radomski concluded that “the administration needs the input of students, faculty and staff to tell them what needs improvement on campus.”

Radomski said we might not see a lot of change in shared governance at UW-Madison, “because you have engagement by students, academic staff, university staff and faculty.”

WISCAPE is housed in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) within UW-Madison's School of Education.

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