Last year's proposal to split UW-Madison from the rest of the University of Wisconsin System may have flopped, but it prompted a committee of Regents and chancellors to ask: should individual campuses in the UW System have their own governing boards?
In a http://www.wisconsin.edu/bor/agenda/2012/february.pdf">report released this week, the committee responded with a resounding 'no' - or, at least, not yet.
The recommendation is not surprising given System-wide opposition to the failed proposal last year to give UW-Madison its own governing board.
Instead, the group called for the state to give more power to the UW Board of Regents, the governing body of all 26 campuses in the UW System.
"Only when the Board of Regents gains much greater authority for management and leadership decision-making does the Work Group believe it would be worthwhile to discuss possible delegation of a greater degree of authority from the Board to institution-level councils," the group wrote.
The group called for the state to delegate full authority to the Regents to set tuition and to manage building projects, procurement and financial and human resources.
The working group did recommend that individual campuses could enhance - or create, in some cases - their own advisory boards. The main role of such a board would be to advise the chancellor and advocate for the institution's needs in the community, according to the report.
The work group is chaired by Regents Vice President Brent Smith, and includes two other Regents, three UW System chancellors and a UW System staff member.
The report was prepared for Thursday's Board of Regents meeting, but will also be given to the members of a http://legis.wisconsin.gov/lfb/UW_Task_Force/Documents/2012_02_08_Agenda.pdf"> legislative Special Task Force on UW Restructuring and Operational Flexibilities, which is meeting Wednesday.
The Task Force will discuss what role the state Legislature, the UW Board of Regents and chancellors should play in setting tuition. The task force will also discuss the issue of institutional governing boards, according to the agenda.
The recommendations of the UW System work group include:
• The Board of Regents should seek full authority to set tuition and to manage the UW System's financial and human resources, capital projects and procurement.
• UW System chancellors should continue to develop institution-level advisory boards. Upon a chancellor's request, the Regent president could appoint one to three Regents to serve on each chancellor's advisory council.
• The Board of Regents should consider implementing a system wide advisory council.
• UW System chancellors should develop regional councils to enhance collaboration among education institutions and businesses in the region.