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Cuts across the UW System

by Jason Lee, WISCAPE Outreach Programs Manager | Aug 14, 2015

The last update to this post (Sept. 9) includes details on the cuts at UW-River Falls as well as more on cuts at the Milwaukee, Platteville, and Stout campuses, among others. UW-Madison has not released a campus-wide update, but I hope to include information soon. How these cuts will impact student services and classes is not fully known, but ​I will do ​my best to keep track of how ​the cuts influence students’ experiences.

It was a tough summer for the UW System. The governor signed the 2015-17 state budget on July 12th. The final budget included the removal of tenure protections and a significant erosion of campus governance from state statute. It also added new provisions for laying-off faculty to state ​law. And of course, the UW’s budget was reduced by $250 million, with a tuition freeze for resident students remaining in effect.

Below is an attempt to keep track of how these cuts play out across the UW System. President Cross thanked the legislature and governor for reducing the cut by $50 million and then determined how the cuts were shared across the 26 campuses. These cuts, like any, have real-life implications​ for many employees as well as ​for recruiting and retaining faculty and staff. Additionally, and most importantly, ​we don't yet know ​what effects these reductions will ​​have on students.

This list is a work in progress, based mostly on media reports and campus communications. Most campuses have not announced all of their reductions, so I will update this entry as new information emerges. Please contact me if you have updated information for this table.

The UW System has seen reductions in ​several recent state biennial budgets. This time around, most campuses are talking about reducing the number of employees to deal with the cuts -- either through early retirement, buyouts, layoffs, or not filling vacancies. Though campuses generally downplay any​ correlation staff reductions have on reduced student services or classes​, is it reasonable to expect that the elimination of staff well into the hundreds will not​ ​affect students?

​Updated September 9, 2015 -- Click image below for .pdf file, including links.
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  1. Jason Lee
    Helen -- I am working on UWSA info. for the next update as well. -- Jason

  2. Helen Klebesadel
    What about UW System Administration?

  3. Concerned Badger
    Can someone get this to UW-River Falls? They are the only school not represented and I know they had at least one vacancy in World Languages. I don't know if they will be able to fill it with the current budget.

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