3-13-15 wi budget-uw professors

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A national group representing university professors is opposing Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to give the University of Wisconsin System more autonomy from state oversight and laws. The American Association of University Professors issued a statement Wednesday in opposition to the plan, which is also running into roadblocks with Republicans who control the Legislature.  Walker also wants to cut UW’s budget by $300 million, something that’s drawing bipartisan opposition.  The AAUP calls Walker’s UW plan a “radical assault on one of the nation’s premiere institutions of public higher education.”  It says the plan could “profoundly undermine tenure, due process, and shared governance in the university system.”  Under the plan, the UW Board of Regents would be given the power to govern the university.  Walker included it in his two-year state budget.

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