Fewer attempts to recruit UW faculty

Fewer attempts to recruit UW faculty

Universities made fewer attempts to recruit professors away from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the last academic year after a spike officials attribute to budget cuts and tenure policies.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the university had 92 faculty retention cases caused by outside offers or recruitment efforts during the 2016-17 school year, down from 144 the year before.

Provost Sarah Mangelsdorf says the numbers show that the increased efforts to attract faculty have subsided.

Some faculty members who left the university say they were motivated to take jobs elsewhere after lawmakers cut $250 million from the university system’s budget and faculty tenure protections were weakened.

The university averaged about 100 retention cases and 21 faculty departures in the five years prior to the policy changes.