Renee Wachter’s New Year’s Resolution: Find a New Job!

Of the five chancellors at 4-year UW System schools who received a raise last December, UW-Superior Chancellor, Renee Wachter, has clearly been the most despised and least-deserving!

Herein, I examine why those in-the-know are avoiding professional contact with Wachter. (She’s in the market for a new job, you know.)

Remember the WPR article that I referenced in my prior article? (Go back and read it — you’ll add another view to my hit counter!)

Relevant for this piece, that very summary cites this understatement-of-the-century from Wachter underling Daniel Fanning, “Our chancellor [and many rank-and-file] have had to make tough budget decisions in the last couple [of] years.”

Right — such as whether to prioritize the athletic center or the dormitories as the next capital project.

Oh, wait — UW-Superior doesn’t have the money for capital projects! Because it’s “in the red,” i.e. poor-broke!!

And can you guess why -that- is? Because UW-Superior has been bleeding headcount, losing students left, right, and center!!!

Sinking Enrollment = Why Wachter Must Not Settle for a “Wait and See” Approach

To recap: UW-Superior has lost an average 73 students annually, or 12-percent of its headcount, since 2010. That’s the result of -very- poor recruitment and retention!

Students are slower to enroll there, because something is rotten at UW-Superior. (To say nothing of Hamlet‘s Denmark.) One can only speculate why, but I’m fairly confident that a study of graduates’ actual occupational outcomes will bear-out the idea that many among UW-Inferior’s recent alumni have not realized their full economic potential — and not for lack of trying, but for lack of their alma mater’s prestige.

Spin Doctors Wanted: The Greatest Challenge for UW-Superior’s Hangers-On

The most “difficult” question Renee and her cohorts face is: “How are we going to regain student confidence — and more importantly, their money — when they see hard-hitting criticisms of us in the news and on blogs?”

Great question… The answer is: “They won’t!”

Time to find a new job, Renee — preferably, in a different line of work. Ever consider a home bakery?

(Never mind. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos might spoil your fun! As well as limit your exclamation-point quota.)

Bonus Section: Satirically Modified Photos Of Renee Wachter!

Coming soon…


Chancellors at Five UW Schools Receive Raise — But How Did They Earn It?

The inspiration for this post was a Wisconsin Public Radio article describing the raises the UW Board of Regents approved for 5 different chancellors.

The question that immediately jumped to (my) mind was, “How many of those chancellors really deserved their raise?”

Question 1) One metric of sound stewardship is budgetary figures. Logically, a well-deserved raise would be a portion of the increased revenue brought-in by the chancellor — or at least, by his or her lackeys.

(I’ll address those budgets in further detail after enrollment, because typically “student headcount” determines the maximum allowable budget, not vice-versa.)

Question 2) I delved into enrollment figures to see how attracted or repelled students were by the results of the chancellor’s management. Absent any obvious “scandal,” a continual decline in enrollment is the clearest indicator of mismanagement.

Question 3) Also, were there any scandals during any of the chancellors’ tenures? To what extent did this top-down supervision produce more “oversights” than insights?