Wisconsin Idea Partnership
At its March 25, 2011, meeting, the the Board of Directors of the Oshkosh Area Chamber of Commerce adopted a resolution in support of the Wisconsin Idea Partnership:
Resolution of the Board of Directors of the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce Supporting Wisconsin Idea Partnership
WHEREAS, the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) recognizes the importance of higher education to our state’s economy;
WHEREAS, the Chamber believes it is desirable and long-overdue to deregulate higher education in Wisconsin and that the legislature should provide the necessary management and operational flexibilities required to enable our institutions of higher education to reduce costs by pursuing innovations and cost-savings within a highly competitive marketplace;
WHEREAS, the Chamber believes the Wisconsin Idea Partnership – as advanced by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System – is a solid foundation for action and that the proposal includes a series of changes to state law that are long overdue and ready for immediate enactment without further study. Specifically, the Wisconsin Idea Partnership:
- Couples desired management and operational flexibilities within the existing governance framework that has served and advanced our state’s educational and economic interests; and,
- Preserves the strength of a unified state system of higher education while empowering all UW System institutions to compete in an open marketplace for supplies, materials and human resource talent.
WHEREAS, the Chamber believes the Wisconsin Idea Partnership alters the existing bidding and contract systems to enable local, responsive and campus-based approaches that will benefit local businesses by delegating managerial authority to the campus level and will empower creative, innovative, and cost-saving measures on each and every campus;
WHEREAS, THE Chamber believes the UW System has been viewed as one of the nation’s strongest and most efficiently managed systems of higher education;
AND WHEREAS, the Chamber believes a special study of governance represents a workable and practical approach to the careful and thoughtful review of these issues and removes the governance aspects of how the UW System is structured from the budget proposal, allowing the legislature to concentrate attention on the need for providing management and operational flexibilities to all UW System institutions;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Directors of the Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce strongly supports deregulation of the University of Wisconsin System, as advanced through the Wisconsin Idea Partnership; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Directors recognizes:
1) that management and operational flexibility is a crucial first-step toward reinvigorating our state’s economy;
2) that changes will enable local businesses to compete for opportunities to serve the needs of UW System institutions throughout the state;
3) these improvements should be enacted through the biennial budget bill; and,
4) that any related consideration or discussion of governance changes to the UW System should be subject to careful deliberation with significantly more time for public input and participation by education and business leaders.
Dated the 11th day of April, 2011.
James R. Macy, Chair
The undersigned, as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Oshkosh Area Chamber of Commerce, hereby certifies that the foregoing resolution was adopted at a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Oshkosh Area Chamber of Commerce held on March 25, 2011.
Dated this 11th day of April, 2011.
John Casper, Secretary