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Radomski comments on proposed tuition increase at UW-Madison

October 04, 2016

Noel Radomski, associate researcher and managing director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), was quoted in a Daily Cardinal article discussing Chancellor Rebecca Blank’s announcement that tuition may increase for out-of-state and professional students at UW-Madison.

Blank reported that “she does not believe that [the increase in] tuition will affect student enrollment, noting that applicant rates continue to rise.”

Radomski ​said that “prices are increasing due to the need to diversify revenue, which means getting tuition from out-of-state and professional students​." However, the “academic qualifications of students needs to be looked at more as well.”

“She’s talking about one strategy as it relates to revenue and enrollment,” Radomski said. “What she hasn’t talked about yet, and I’m surprised she hasn’t, is that she’s going to take a market-based approach to enrollment. What impact will that have on segments of the population that have difficulty paying or don’t fully understand the grants?”

Radomski said he wonders if UW-Madison is trying to become more ​"elite​," accepting more out-of-state and fewer Wisconsin students.

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