Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Public universities and tin ears 

A story in this week's Chronicle of Higher Education (the weekly: temporary link, permalink for subscribers only) describes how the University of Wisconsin has gotten itself into hot water with the legislature and the public. It's a series of missteps largely caused by the UW system itself:

You thought the Packers were having a bad year? One administrator complains that the Legislature "get[s] two people to issue press releases when anybody burps." That animosity appears in many ways, the article details, and it has caused Republicans in the Wisconsin legislature to become bolder in setting tighter budgets and proposing other restraints on the system. The faculty and administrators quoted would seem to indicate a university that thinks it's owed by the great unwashed. It may take them some time to learn.

(h/t: reader jw)