At a meeting of the Regents today, Representative Robin Vos suggested that the Wisconsin Legislature Republican caucus is rethinking the faculty’s role in governance on UW System campuses, out of a sense that they are keeping the System from being “nimble.” I am concerned that Representative Vos may be unaware of economic research that indicates that faculty involvement in decision-making through shared governance appears to contribute to the containment of college costs. Reducing faculty power in favor of increasing the administration’s relative power could make college less affordable for Wisconsin students. These unintended consequences of Vos’s short-sighted idea deserve close examination, and I urge him to attend to these before pursuing it further.
Here is the video from the conference. Vos begins speaking at the 1:17 minute mark on the first video, and these comments come just after the 1:18 minute mark.