Executive Report from Oct. 16 Forum on Comprehensive Universities and Affordability

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Executive Report from Oct. 16 Forum on Comprehensive Universities and Affordability

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WISCAPE Staff

Summary

On October 16, 2014, more than 100 state and higher education leaders from Wisconsin and
around the nation met in Oshkosh for a one-day forum focused on the future of Wisconsin’s
public, four-year universities and the growing student and institutional affordability crisis. The
event was convened by WISCAPE and co-sponsored by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Participants engaged in discussions about the nature of the crisis and brainstormed how
Wisconsin’s comprehensive universities could—and should—respond. Though they often disagreed
on details, there was wide agreement among participants that affordability (or the lack thereof) is a
statewide problem requiring collaborative, innovative solutions and that maintaining the status quo is
not sustainable.

After the forum, WISCAPE sent out an online survey focused on the ideas and recommendations
that emerged from the event to collect further input from participants and help establish priorities.
This report summarizes the survey results and discusses our next steps to further the conversation.

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