In fact, 70% of the overall budget increase of $92 million is at UW-Madison, mostly due to increased enrollment and higher tuition for out-of-state and graduate students, along with more money from Bucky's self-supporting entities. In contrast, 3 4-year campuses (Milwaukee, Stevens Point and Superior) will have less total funding funding in 2017-18 than they had this year, and UW Colleges and Extension are also looking at cuts in total money available. This partly helps explain why the UW Board of Regents chose to reallocate more money to the non-flagship schools, and away from Madison.
Under the operating budget proposal released Monday, UW officials would not distribute the $25 million increase using the enrollment-based formula they typically use to divide money among institutions — a plan that directs the lion’s share of funding to UW-Madison.As a damn proud Badger, you may expect me to be angry about this, but I don’t have much of a problem with this decision. The non-Madison campuses rely on state aid and tuition more than Madison does, because Madison has much more funding through research and its larger donor base.
Instead, they would use a different formula that shrinks UW-Madison’s allocation of the new money by more than two-thirds: Whereas the campus would have received an additional $9.4 million under the prior formula, it stands to receive $2.9 million.
Other System campuses would in turn get bigger shares of the state money — UW-Milwaukee would be the biggest beneficiary, receiving an additional $1.7 million.
UW-Whitewater would get an extra $1 million, while other System institutions would receive between $205,300 and $423,600 in additional funding.
GPR/Tuition as % of total budget
Rest of UW System 49.6%
But as UW Professor Don Moynihan brings up, you’d think a “pro-business" State Legislature would then allow Madison to raise more of its own revenues through tuition to make up the difference and continue its ability to invest.
Someone who believed in free markets might say it would make more sense to allow the flagship institution to charge more to make up for cuts https://t.co/iAvu73TCm6— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) July 5, 2017
Of course, that's not going to happen under the state budget as it stands, because the GOP talking point of "low cost" is more important to them than having UW-Madison (and the state as a whole) maintain its excellence and attract talent. Which means Madison will likely continue to lag when it comes to paying for their staff when compared to their peers, a problem when you consider that Madison had to pay $23 million in additional compensation and supplies in 2015-16 just to hold on to who they had.
The Board of Regents item that did piss me off came at the meeting on Friday, where new Walker-appointed UW System President John Behling shot his right-wing mouth off. Not only did Behling say that the tiny increase in state aid in this budget proved that giving in to WisGOP by eradicting tenure and UW self-governance was "the right move", but he also had this brilliant idea.
Behling wants to open up hiring of UW chancellors to more people from outside academia, and is starting a task force on hiring practices— Nico Savidge (@NSavidge) July 7, 2017
Current and former UW professors quickly called out the absurdity behind Behling's "run UW like a corporation producing widgets" mentality.
longer explanation for why it's a bad managerial decision to hire ppl w/o higher ed experience to lead universities: expertise matters pic.twitter.com/RzaP1Hvmtr— Don Moynihan (@donmoyn) July 7, 2017
Behling et al have no vision of universities as producers of citizens, engines of scientific progress or cultural advance.— Steven N. Durlauf (@sndurlauf) July 8, 2017
But John Behling is reflecting the vision that the ALEC/GOP crew wants from higher education. They don't want universities to produce independent research that benefits the public good or to produce well-rounded, citizens that can recognize things past their own noses and advance our society. They want higher education to be nothing more than subsidized help that produces workers for the corporations they own. This seems doubly true when the ALEC/GOP LEgislature and Walker cronies on the Board of Regents comes to dealing with the over-ejukayted liberals in Madison (aka- the only place in Wisconsin that's actually attracting talent and having big-time economic growth).
George Carlin had it cornered 20+ years ago, and it's worse today.