Friday, September 23, 2016

UW-Madison losing ground to competitors amid budget cuts, Rebecca Blank says - Nico Savidge,

UW-Madison eliminated 420 positions and laid off 50 employees over the past year as it managed its share of a $250 million reduction in state higher education funding, Chancellor Rebecca Blank told faculty, lawmakers and employees Wednesday. And with other states pouring money back into their university systems, Blank said during a forum on the budget, competing institutions have improved while UW-Madison has fallen behind. As the University of Wisconsin System focuses its attention on the next state budget and UW’s request for $42.5 million in new funding, Blank and other officials sought to hammer home a message Wednesday that they hope will resonate with legislators, alumni and parents: “It’s time to reinvest in the University of Wisconsin.”

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