On November 9, 2017, the Board of Regents approved a proposal from the University of Wisconsin (UW) System to restructure the UW Colleges and UW-Extension, effective July 1, 2018. Under the plan, UW-Waukesha and UW-Washington County will be joined with UW-Milwaukee.
The UW System (UWS) has formed a Steering Committee comprised of representatives from UWS, UW Colleges and UW-Extension to oversee the planning and implementation of the restructuring. Each of the joining institutions, including shared governance representatives, also will be part of the team. The restructuring will require significant collaboration as we work through a range of issues including student support issues, academic offerings, budget, governance, operational structure, and other areas.
The primary purpose of the UW-Milwaukee Regional Campus Transition Committee is to develop a shared vision of a new, regional campus collaboration that capitalizes on the opportunities that restructuring presents for combining the strengths of UW-Waukesha, UW-Washington County and UW-Milwaukee. Specifically, I ask the Regional Campus Transition Committee to first identify the most critical academic and administrative functions that need to be combined, and the steps necessary to effectively provide those functions, by July 1, 2018. At the same time, the Transition Committee should create a roadmap for the continued merger of academic and administrative functions beyond the initial merger date.
The Regional Campus Transition Committee will appoint and charge “Functional Teams” which will address specific areas, such as:
- Governance – Academic Staff Council, Student Association, University Committee, University Staff Council, and UW-Waukesha and Washington County groups
- Academic Affairs– Curriculum, Research, Libraries and Student Advising
- Higher Learning Commission HLC – Accreditation
- Enrollment Management– Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar, and Student Internships/Work Experiences
- Student Affairs– Athletics, Student Organizations, and Student Services
- Finance and Operations – Budget & Finance, Facilities, Foundations, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Safety & Compliance
- Communications/External Relations – Alumni Relations, Branding/Marketing, Community Engagement, Development, Government Relations, and Media Relations
The Regional Campus Transition Committee is charged to:
- Oversee and monitor the Functional Teams to translate current four-year and research institution and UW Colleges processes, norms, cultures, into a new context.
- Coordinate with and report to the UW System Steering Committee at key milestones/deliverables.
- Represent the restructuring process to the three campuses.
- Track local problems, issues, and challenges and raise those with the UW System Steering Committee.
- Provide local context and process expertise to the Functional Teams as appropriate.
- Propose a new organizational structure (with reporting lines) that is comprehensive and integrates the input from the Functional Teams.
Each Functional Team is charged to:
- Identify opportunities within the functional area that can evolve via the restructuring.
- Identify problems, issues, and challenges to be addressed within the functional area to ensure a successful transition.
- Gather information pertinent to the identified problems, issues and challenges that will lead to the identification of problem-solving strategies relative to the functional area.
- Recommend one or more plans with specific strategies to capitalize on the identified opportunities and address the identified problems, issues, and challenges within the functional area, including timelines for implementation of the plan(s).
- Propose an organizational structure (including reporting lines) within the functional area. The proposed organizational structure will likely evolve over time following implementation.
- Outline key areas and priorities in the restructuring about effectiveness and administrative processes.
- Communicate consistently with other functional teams and the Regional Campus Transition Committee leadership regarding the work and needs of the functional team to continue forward progress toward successful restructuring.
- Where appropriate, implement specific strategies as designated by the chancellors of UWM, UW-Waukesha, and UW-Washington County.
Given the nature of the work that lies ahead for each Functional Team, each team will be comprised of a core set of members and will be supplemented with additional members as needed to effectively address its charge. The Regional Campus Transition Committee may appoint and charge additional Functional Teams as needed to address needs that have not been identified or if deemed appropriate.