After the University of Wisconsin system made efforts last year to turn the state’s two-year UW Colleges and Extension programs into satellite institutions of the system’s four-year universities, officials now say that many New investments are needed for student support services during this transition period.
According to The Associated Press, UW system president Ray Cross said one of his biggest concerns was a lack of adequate funding for services like financial aid and tutoring at two-year colleges. .
“Student support activities on these campuses have been exhausted in many ways,” Cross said, “and now how do we restore that in a way that makes sense? And that’s going to take investment.
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The injection of new funds in the next state budget will be dedicated to student support services with the goal of bringing them up to par with the support services of their partner schools over four years, Cross said.
According to Robert Cramer, vice president of UW system administration, the biggest risk to the restructuring project is maintaining student services staff during the transition period for UW colleges.
“[For] some of these people, November 2019 is sort of the end of their jobs. So how do we maintain [staffing]?” said Cramer.
Discussions on a formal plan for UW Colleges and UW Extension staff transitions will take place in January. The system will also make plans to transfer assets, finances and records during this meeting, Cramer said.
At the meeting, multimillion-dollar tuition increases for international and graduate students at the Madison campus were also authorized, AP reported.
The undergraduate tuition increases will increase non-resident tuition by $810 and international tuition by $828, which will result in approximately $16 million more for the university.
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Increases for graduate programs include an annual increase of nearly 10% for the School of Business, $2,000 for law students, 5% for resident medical students and 8% for nonresidents.
The increases were approved by the regents unanimously, without any discussion.