MADISON — University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents President Andrew S. Petersen announced this week a series of virtual stakeholder partner meetings to discuss and solicit feedback on the Blueprint for the UW System Beyond COVID-19. The dialogues will also seek other reform ideas from shared governance leaders. The meetings follow the release last week of the Blueprint by UW System President Ray Cross.

“We appreciate President Cross’ thoughtful and measured vision for the UW System,” Petersen said in a news release. “Now it’s time for input from faculty and staff through their shared governance representatives. With the looming financial challenges, we want to absorb all ideas as we approach difficult decisions in the months ahead.”

Details about the one-hour meetings for UW System shared governance representatives are as follows:

  • May 18: UW-La Crosse, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, UW-Stout, UW-Superior
  • May 19: UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Parkside, UW-Whitewater
  • May 21: UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW Oshkosh, UW-Stevens Point

The stakeholder feedback meetings will be recorded and shared with the full Board of Regents.

The Blueprint proposed by President Cross calls for more decision-making at the UW System level to:

  • Refine the missions of the comprehensive universities; assess programs and eliminate unnecessary duplication.
  • Further consolidate administrative functions under UW-Shared Services.
  • Increase the UW System’s online courses through UW Extended Campus.

Cross said universities will also have to review non-academic student services and administrative programs.