OPINION: A modest proposal for UW System schools
Outgoing University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross surprised us all last week. In response to the loss of revenue caused by COVID-19, he announced that every System school except Madison and Milwaukee would have to change its core mission, each to a distinctive individual specialty. These schools “cannot continue to be all things to all people,” Cross wrote...

...Joking aside, our state universities will lose a lot if we change each of them into one thing for just a few people. As public goods, they are and they should continue to be many things to many people. We need teachers and engineers and accountants and social workers and artists all across the state. And we need to train them as whole human beings — citizens who provide much more to Wisconsin than what can be captured in a dollar sign...
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Ken Notes: President Cross may have proposed a bridge too far, but their is merit in creating UW Centers of excellence at the undergraduate level and maybe creating fewer but better graduate programs at select UW Systems. Cross asked us to think and discuss new and challenging ideas, once upon a time that was the Wisconsin Idea....



- - Volume: 8 - WEEK: 20 Date: 5/14/2020 11:14:40 AM -