The UW has a history as a great academic institution, but that legacy has been endangered in recent years by a neglect of the liberal arts tradition. Too many of the finest faculty members have moved to other schools, leaving once-great departments diminished.They conclude this:
Additionally, the Wisconsin Idea of a university intricately linked to the state and its people has withered as the UW has come to rely more on corporate funding for research. … There are fewer public intellectuals among the ranks of its professors. And its ideals and programs seldom seem to reflect the progressive values of a state that worked hard to make the UW one of the great institutions of higher learning.
John Wiley has been an able administrator in many significant senses. But the next chancellor must take a broader view of the UW's mission and its need to reconnect with Wisconsin.Dead on the money.