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On-campus voting places will be open for the election on Tuesday, April 3, and resources will be available for students to register to vote.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. On-campus polling places include Memorial Union, Red Gym Memorial Library and Eagle Heights Community Center. To find out where to vote, go to https://myvote.wi.gov/en-us/FindMyPollingPlace.

Via Students can vote, register at on-campus polling places in April 3 election.


The hashtag #TheRealUW began trending shortly after reports surfaced that a freshman was pushed and spat on by a neighbor in Sellery Hall in the early morning hours of March 12. The alleged attacker shouted profanities and made racially motivated comments, calling the student poor, telling her she “didn’t deserve to be at [UW-Madison]” and that “she wasn’t pulling her own weight because she was on scholarship,” according to a blog post by Nora Herzog, who was present for the incident. Both Herzog and the victim are members of First Wave, a hip-hop scholarship program.

Via Inside #TheRealUW @ Isthmus.

Haves, Have Nots

UW-Madison’s strong tenure policy, combined with its relatively healthy financial situation, means faculty layoffs at the flagship campus would be unlikely, Radomski [executive director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education] said. But at smaller UW campuses where declining enrollment has magnified the impact of state budget cuts, such as UW-Milwaukee, he said administrators could use weaker tenure policies to close programs and fire professors.

“The new uncertainty, and the new concern, is going to be: Are the enrollment and the fiscal problems going to trigger program discontinuation, and therefore trigger faculty layoffs?” Radomski said.

Via UW Regents set for vote on new faculty tenure policies @ madison.com.

UW-Madison Twitter Star Decamps

Sara Goldrick-Rab, the outspoken University of Wisconsin-Madison professor who vowed to leave Wisconsin after state lawmakers changed tenure protections last year, announced on her blog Monday night that she has accepted a job at Temple University and will start July 1.

She is known for her research on college access and affordability and her prolific activity on Twitter @saragoldrickrab.

Goldrick-Rab will continue to be a professor of higher education policy and sociology at the public university in Philadelphia, which has a faculty union with collective bargaining rights.

Via Outspoken UW professor Sara Goldrick-Rab says she’s leaving @ JSOnline.


The University of Wisconsin-Madison last semester doled out $726,436 in raises and $8 million in research support to retain 40 faculty members who brought outside job offers to the central administration, according to information obtained by the Journal Sentinel through an open records request.

The $8.72 million went to individuals who got job offers between July 1 and Dec. 31, and agreed within that time frame to stay at UW-Madison. Other retention efforts within schools and colleges during that time were not included in those numbers.

The university did not receive new funding to support faculty salary increases, and in fact, the rest of the faculty got the same 1% raises as other state employees.

The raises to 38 of the 40 individuals retained by the central administration ranged from 4.34% to 49.68%. Some of the $726,436 was associated with promotions.

Via UW-Madison spends nearly $9 million to retain faculty stars @ JSOnline.

For Tenure

But why tenure at all? Because innovative research requires risk. While on the tenure track, insufficient research productivity results in the loss of one’s job. Therefore, research on the tenure track is often “safe”: research that is incremental and likely to gain publication.

Once the threat of losing one’s job is reduced — after tenure is earned — researchers can take on riskier projects. A researcher may pursue a novel physics experiment in the hopes of the next breakthrough. Riskier research may fail or benefit society in a big way. Tenure allows the researcher to take the risk of failure while worrying less about job loss.

Tenure also allows for longer-term projects that may not produce publications in the short run but promise to have a transformational impact. In writing “Principia Mathematica” — the book that laid the mathematical foundation for the digital computer — Bertrand Russell experienced a two-year hiatus of publications as he struggled to break conceptual barriers.

Tenure also allows for risky, politically controversial research — isolating that research from the partisan political winds that might otherwise make it impossible to explore topics such as public health, weather patterns, history, psychology, diplomacy and so much more. Tenure allows for the “continual and fearless sifting and winnowing” that is central to the University of Wisconsin System mission.

Via This is why tenure matters @ JSOnline.com Opinion.