UW-Madison has spent at least $8 million since last summer to retain top professors after state legislators cut higher education funding and changed faculty tenure policies, Chancellor Rebecca Blank told the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents on Thursday.The mind-set of many administrators has been, "If you find a better offer, take it." But U.S. News continues to sell those guides, and a lot of faculty turnover can affect the profile of a highly regarded university, which Wisconsin remains.
Campus officials have said national attention from the budget fallout has emboldened other universities to go after UW-Madison’s top faculty, and made professors more open to their offers.
Blank said faculty are asking, “Is UW going to remain a top university, or do I need to go elsewhere?”
In that way, do limits to restructuring and re-engineering and downsizing emerge.