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Radomski discusses potential changes to state budget allocations for UW-Madison

March 06, 2017

Noel Radomski, associate researcher and managing director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), was quoted in a Wisconsin State Journal article discussing changes that System leaders and state lawmakers are considering that could shrink the share of new funding that ends up at UW-Madison.

​"UW officials are weighing changes to the formula they use to decide how much state funding each System institution receives​," the article explains. While currently, UW-Madison "receives more funding than the 12 other four-year UW schools combined," experts expect that UW officials will make changes that give "smaller campuses a larger piece of the funding pie.”

“Those smaller campuses, such as UW-Eau Claire and UW-Superior, depend more on state funding than UW-Madison does​,” Radomski explained. 

Considering the effects of state budget cuts, “At Madison, people retired, people left, but the offices and the lights are still on,” Radomski said. “It’s all relative.”

The article also notes that Gov. Walker’s “plan to tie a $42.5 million increase in higher education spending to how UW campuses perform on certain measures could have a similar effect, because the categories it uses to judge institutions play more to the strength of regional campuses than a research institution such as UW-Madison.”

Radomski suggested that “lawmakers should change the performance categories so that UW’s comprehensive campuses and its research universities, in Madison and Milwaukee, are judged based on their different roles.”

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