An Inside Higher Ed article reporting on a decision at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point to scrap a controversial proposal to eliminate majors in 13 liberal arts disciplines -- including history and several foreign languages -- includes insights from UW-Madison's Noel Radomski, the managing director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE).
Radomski said in the article that it appeared as if “several things finally coalesced” at the university.
"Many faculty and staff members either accepted voluntary retirement or found jobs elsewhere, reducing the budget deficit," he said. In addition, "governance leaders -- especially professors -- spent 'an inordinate amount of time' in committees. Those leaders are now 'reaping the benefits of looking at trends, asking tough questions, identifying and prioritizing options, and advancing recommendations.'"
Lately, especially, Radomski noted, "faculty members and deans went beyond 'the status quo and incremental solutions.' The curricular innovations are based on a 'strong focus on maintaining and enhancing instructional quality,' and many of the new and modified degree programs are 'likely to be more interdisciplinary, which follows trends in research practices' at Stevens Point."
Radomski also praised UW-Stevens Point's chancellor, Bernie Patterson, and provost, Greg Sommers, for "walking a delicate tightrope of not pursuing top-down decision making and encouraging a collegial decision-making process.”
WISCAPE is housed in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) within UW-Madison's School of Education.
Read the full article on Inside Higher Ed's website.