Past Workshops
Public Good University

Financial Stability and the Public Good University in the 21st Century

Coordinators:

  • Greg Downey (Journalism & Mass Communication and SLIS)
  • Daniel Lee Kleinman (Community and Environmental Sociology)
  • Adam Nelson (Education Policy Studies)
  • Sigrid Peterson (Geography)

Contact: Daniel Kleinman (dlkleinman@wisc.edu)

The aim of this initiative is to provide a group of current University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty, staff, and graduate students an opportunity to think through the issues at stake as public higher education institutions seek simultaneously to advance a market-oriented income-generation agenda and maintain an institutional profile consistent with a commitment to the public good.  This workshop will not only allow a group of members of the UW-Madison community an opportunity to read relevant scholarship and topical material from a wide array of fields and discuss it with colleagues, but also to build a network of people on campus who have considered the issues at stake for the future of public higher education and are positioned to provide informed input in discussions about the future of the UW-Madison.

 

Photo credit: Agricultural Hall columns and engraved College of Agriculture wording during an autumn sunset. Photo by Jeff Miller, UW Communications, 2000.

Workshop meeting

Tuesday, April 13, 2015, 5:30-7:30pm
University Club, room 313

  • Carey, Kevin. The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere. New York: Riverhead Books, 2015. (Selections: Chapters 1-3 (pp. 1-68) and Chapter 12 (pp. 239-256)
  • Mettler, Suzanne. Degrees of Inequality: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream. New York: Basic Books, 2014. (Selections: Intro (pp. 1-18); Chapter 1 (pp. 19-51); Chapter 4-5 (pp. 111-160)

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Workshop meeting

Tuesday, March 23, 2015, 5:30-7:30pm
University Club, room 313

Suggested by Kevin Walters on the subject of the 1925 UW Budget Battle

  • Alumni Mag issue with the letter from E.A. Birge, which begins "If the financial measures now before he Legislature are enacted into law, they will not only prevent the development of the University, but they will also cripple it beyond recognition." The Wisconsin Alumni Magazine, vol. XXVI, no. 5 (March 1925).
  • 8-page excerpt that tells the story of the alumni public relations push that prompted that magazine: Cronon and Jenkins, The University of Wisconsin: A History, vol. 3, pp. 38-46. The section is titled, "Manning the Ramparts"

Suggested by Lew Friedland on the subject of looking at models in other states (in this case, Minnesota) of public universities proactively connecting with broader state audiences, balancing public engagement and the public good with interests in supply side education

Suggested by Daniel Kleinman and Sigrid Peterson on the subject of the public authority model and efforts in other states toward models of autonomy

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Workshop meeting

Monday, February 16, 2015, 5:30-7:30pm
University Club, room 313

Optional 

  • Chopp, Rebecca, Susan Frost, and Daniel H. Weiss, eds. 2013. Remaking College: Innovation and the Liberal Arts. Johns Hopkins University Press. [Chapter 2: “Challenges and Opportunities in the Changing Landscape,” by Daniel H. Weiss, President, Haverford College]
  • Collini, Stefan. 2012. What Are Universities For?. Penguin. [Intro, Chapter 3: “The Useful and the Useless: Newman Revisited,” and Chapter 5: “The Highest Aspirations and Ideals: Universities as a Public Good,”]
  • Menand, Louis. 2010. The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University. Reprint edition. New York: W. W. Norton & Company. [Intro and Chapter 1: “The Problem of General Education”]
  • Of note for a comprehensive compendium of coverage of proposed budget cuts to the UW is the Facebook page of “Badger Futures: Resources for Debate about UW-Madison’s Future

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Workshop meeting

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014, 5:30-7:30pm
University Club, room 313

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Workshop meeting

Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 5:30-7:30pm
University Club, room 313

This meeting will focus around four readings on capitalism and the university.

Readings