UW-Madison Should Dissolve The Division Of International Studies, Panel Recommends

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
A UW-Madison faculty committee is recommending major changes to the structure of UW-Madison’s international programs and suggests that campus leaders eliminate the main organizing body: The Division of International Studies. The committee’s report cited widespread confusion over the purpose of the division and a perceived lack of transparency. The issue arises as UW-Madison — like many major universities — is attempting to forge closer ties across the globe. UW-Madison plans to open an office in Shanghai in June — it’s first foreign outpost. The 11-member committee talked to more than 72 faculty and staff. The committee’s report found that “it is apparent the University of Wisconsin-Madison faces significant challenges with respect to the organization of international studies, and how we, as an institution, approach ‘internationalization’ more generally.”

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