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Madison professors press regents to defend tenure, shared governance

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A group of University of Wisconsin-Madison professors is appealing to the UW Board of Regents to preserve tenure protections and standards of shared governance.

More than 360 professors have signed a letter that says the university would suffer significant competitive disadvantages if the Legislature adopts the Joint Finance Committee's recommendation to eliminate tenure protections.

The professors say the job protection that tenure offers ensures faculty members are "free to pursue knowledge and express ideas without fear of dismissal." The group also urges regents, Chancellor Rebecca Blank and System President Ray Cross to defend shared governance, which allows faculty, staff and students to guide campus policy.

Blank said in a statement that the higher education community did not have input before the changes were adopted by the committee.

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