As members of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents gathered to consider new tenure policies for the UW System, AFT-Wisconsin and the American Association of University Professors issued the following joint statement (PDF):
Since 2011, the governor and the legislature of the state of Wisconsin have been engaged in an attack on the University of Wisconsin System as a public good that exists for the benefit of all citizens of the state. This vision of higher education has shaped the UW System since the formulation of the Wisconsin Idea in 1904. The attack began with the assault on collective bargaining in the state through Act 10, and continued with legislative changes to tenure, due process, and shared governance, changes that threaten to undermine academic freedom. This attack jeopardizes the working conditions of faculty and academic staff as well as the learning conditions of students in the UW System.