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Radomski comments on Gov. Walker's impact on higher education in Wisconsin

March 30, 2016

Noel Radomski, director and associate researcher of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), was quoted in the Wisconsin State Journal about Gov. Walker’s influence on public higher education in Wisconsin. Radomski said Walker’s impact “has been greater than any Wisconsin governor since Patrick Lucey merged UW-Madison with the rest of the System in the 1970s.”

Radomski explained that though “Wisconsin’s technical colleges have traditionally focused on job training, …Walker has pushed the UW System to make preparing students for the workforce a higher priority.” This path comes “with less of an emphasis on research or broader undergraduate education.”

“The governor’s goal for higher education is very narrow,” Radomski continued, “and it also doesn’t stress a lot of the strengths of UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee.”

Radomski has also ​discussed the impact of removing UW-Madison's ​cap on out-of-state ​students, saying it ​will mean "the campus will admit fewer low-income and under-represented students." The UW System Board of Regents lifted the cap at Chancellor Blank's request to adapt to a $250 million reduction in state funding imposed by Gov. Walker and the Republican-led state legislature.

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