Report: U of Wisconsin System Should Give More Power To Campuses To Compensate For Budget Cuts

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UW System administration should relax its grip on the 26 University of Wisconsin campuses and give individual chancellors more authority, according to a new report.

The recommendations are in large part motivated by necessity: UW System must reduce its operating budget by $2.4 million a year and eliminate 51 full-time positions under Gov. Scott Walker's two-year state budget.

The report is the result of a committee that UW System President Kevin Reilly convened to evaluate the role of UW System and advise him on how to make those cuts. The committee included campus representatives and members of the UW Board of Regents.

The report's authors describe the need for a fundamental shift from a centralized model to one that distributes more power to the campuses.

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