Regarding Gov. Scott Walker’s May 29 column, "We didn't eliminate UW tenure," there seems to be two main issues.
First, he thinks world-class work and education should be had for minimal cost to the student. I agree, but this requires extra state support to fill financial gaps so faculty and staff are not paid less than they’re worth. Faculty and staff have paid for expensive degrees and knowledge while giving up incomes for many years to get to the level of being able to be hired by a university as great as UW.
Second, Gov. Walker doesn't seem to realize UW faculty and staff are already enormously vetted by colleagues and funding agencies or they would not have their positions in the first place. The faculty and staff consist of "type A" individuals in their drive, their accomplishments, and in how much of their lives they give up for their work. They do not need fear losing their job to perform international-level quantity and quality of work.
-- Nancy Wiegand, Madison