System President Ray Cross told the Board of Regents last week that the UW System’s program revenue fund balance at the end of fiscal year 2015 was $923.9 million – a 15.7 percent decrease from two years ago. That balance is further projected to drop to $690 million by the end of the current academic year – for a 37 percent decrease since FY 2013. “That ongoing decrease reflects the use of balances to address the tuition freeze and to bridge the 2013-15 budget reductions,” Cross said. See a UW System news recap.
For those of you who are into it, the Board of Regents will once again be video streaming the monthly meeting for the benefit of those who can’t be there in person. Live from Madison, 1:15 to 4 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday.
In a proposed move that could ultimately affect applications and enrollment at other UW System institutions (because Madison’s ripples are felt statewide), the UW’s flagship campus will this week ask UW Regents for permission to lift the school’s cap on out-of-state students. UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank says the move could attract more young people to Wisconsin and boost tuition revenue in the wake of deep budget cuts. Currently, out-of-state undergraduate enrollment at Madison can’t exceed 27.5 percent of total undergraduate enrollment. See news coverage.
On a recent visit to UW-Green Bay, the president of the University of Wisconsin System, Ray Cross, sat down with WLUK-TV investigative reporter Robert Hornacek for a half-hour interview broadcast on the “CW 14 Focus” public affairs program. Cross talks about the recent state budget cuts, his views on tenure, perceptions of UW System “ivory tower arrogance”… and also 300-bushel-an-acre corn yields, spittle beetles, calls for merger of UW Colleges and the state tech schools, and more. Interesting conversation.
More than 150 local school counselors will visit the UW-Green Bay campus Friday (Sept. 18) for an informational workshop featuring representatives from each of the UW System’s 13 institutions. The event is a chance for the various UW schools to share updates about their campuses and curricular changes with a key audience. Staff from the UWGB Admissions Office along with students and faculty assist in hosting. Please give a friendly “hello” to our visitors if you see them in the University Union on Friday.
The news agency Reuters has ranked the University of Wisconsin System eighth on its list of the world’s 100 most innovative universities. The rankings measured such things as academic papers, patent filings and discoveries that have been commercialized. In its analysis, Reuters lauded UW-Madison, in particular, for establishing the nation’s first genetics department in 1910, performing the earliest bone marrow transplant and achieving the first cultivation of human embryonic stem cells in a lab.
Top University of Wisconsin System officials including President Ray Cross and Regent President Regina Millner were on the UW-Green Bay campus Tuesday to host community members, business and health care leaders, school administrators and others as they work to create a long-term strategic plan. Green Bay Press-Gazette reporter Patti Zarling noted that among those attending the afternoon session were state School Superintendent Tony Evers, UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary Miller, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College President Jeff Rafn, and a number of Brown County school district officials. Her story quotes Cross, Miller and the president of the Green Bay Education Association.
Fox 11 News interviewed session participants and quoted UW System President Cross, who said, “Our job (here) is to listen, not lecture.”
WBAY-TV 2 interviewed Cross and others including Mike Blecha of the Green Bay Area School Board, who said, “We need to serve students who come from non-traditional families and backgrounds where a college education is not in the family… then, once those students graduate, to make sure our best and brightest stay here in Wisconsin instead of leaving for other states.”
The Press-Gazette printed a reminder this morning (Tuesday, Sept. 15) on today’s visit by University of Wisconsin System president Ray Cross to host listening sessions at 1:30 and 5 p.m. in the Union’s Phoenix Room.
UW System faculty members might be wondering about the origins of an email survey about tenure and employment being distributed this week. The emails and tenure status of all faculty and instructional staff, statewide, were provided by UW System central administration in response to an open-records request. The survey is being led and overseen by a researcher at the University of Chicago, funded by the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute. Participation in this outside survey is, of course, voluntary and solely at the discretion of the individual.
The University of Wisconsin System’s administrative office reports that it has eliminated 36 positions in a cost-cutting measure a spokesman said will help it cope with state budget cuts. See a Wisconsin State Journal summary.