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Radomski discusses possible impacts of Gov. Walker’s proposal to cut UW tuition

January 26, 2017

Noel Radomski, associate researcher and managing director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), was quoted in a Badger Herald article discussing the possible effects of Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to cut tuition for University of Wisconsin System students.

According to the article, UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank voiced her hope that “the governor and Legislature will not only fully fund the proposed tuition reduction but also provide additional investment in the UW System,” which she says is “critical if we are to continue providing an outstanding education experience to our students.”

Radomski ​noted that Walker’s proposed tuition cut is popular among Wisconsin families​. ​“The popularity of saying ‘I propose to reduce undergraduate tuition without any caveats’ — that makes people happy,” Radomski said.

However, Radomski ​said, "It could end up meaning raises in out-of-state or international tuition to make up the difference if the cuts aren’t backfilled." 

"If the budget doesn’t include backfilling the cuts," he continued, "schools with fewer out-of-state and international students will suffer more than campuses like UW, where increasing other students’ tuitions can make up for the cuts."

"That includes the two-year UW colleges located around the state,” he said.

WISCAPE is housed in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) within UW-Madison's School of Education.

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