In addition to the funding cut, Governor Walker announced that he would provide the UW System with significantly more autonomy from state laws that govern contracting for services and construction projects. Perhaps more importantly, the Governor's proposal would eliminate state laws that govern professor tenure and shared institutional governance. While it appears that many UW System administrators would like to maintain tenure and shared governance policies, such non-statutory policies could be abolished by the Board of Regents if Governor Walker's proposal becomes law.
For an idea of how these massive cuts to higher education may affect women and girls in Wisconsin, see pages 20-21 of the WAWH's 2013-2015 Wisconsin Women and the Budget Project. Please stay tuned for updates and a more detailed analysis as we begin our work on the 2015-2017 Report!