The Wisconsin Policy Forum report is the first independent, comprehensive study of higher education in Wisconsin. The study covers a wide range of issues from falling state support to the decline of enrollment. Critically, it concludes that the future of higher education and our flagship university’s world-class status is in jeopardy – harming the economic impact higher education provides to our state. Significant threats include:
National Comparison Shows Wisconsin At Risk
For decades, Wisconsin has slashed investment. With the current revenue cuts from the ongoing global pandemic, UW-Madison is significantly under-supported by the State compared nationally to peers.
Frozen Tuition Restricts Necessary Revenue
The freeze on in-state undergraduate tuition has restricted a vital funding stream, depriving the University of desperately needed funding.
Lack Of Financial Flexibility
UW-Madison cannot access credit markets to secure the necessary resources to mitigate the ongoing revenue crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Limited Investment In The Future
Low faculty pay, a lack of investment in research & development spending and deferred maintenance of crumbling infrastructure raises significant concern for the financial health and performance of UW-Madison and the state’s larger economy.
To address the crisis, Badgers United has put forward a slate of data-driven solutions for the Legislature’s consideration including increasing in-state support for UW-Madison, a thaw of the in-state undergraduate tuition freeze, providing UW-Madison with the financial flexibility to access credit markets, and investing in the future of UW-Madison.