UW’s Chancellor Biddy Martin spoke this morning at a Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce event and explained her rationale for pursuing a change in status to a public authority. She did a great job of laying out the benefits and encouraged debate based on the merits of the strategy vs. the politics surrounding it. Here are some of the benefits mentioned today.
Chancellor Martin is seeking changes to improve her ability to compete in a global marketplace. The changes make a lot of sense. In an academic ranking of world universities, UW-Madison ranks 17th but if they want to stay there, they’ll need the flexibility public authority status gives them. Kudos to Chancellor Martin for championing just what UW needs to remain in the upper echelons of world universities.