In a Daily Cardinal article
, Noel Radomski, the managing director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education
(WISCAPE), blamed concerns about affordability for why students in Wisconsin are favoring two-year colleges over four-year universities.
“Limited increases in state financial aid does not help to address students’ and parents’ perceptions of college costs,” said Radomski. “It is becoming more likely that the focus on affordability may be at the expense of academic quality.”
Radomski continued that the shift may be "a consequence of the 2015 Walker administration budget cuts, which took $300 million in state funds from academic programs."
“Six years of budget cuts to the UW System campuses, especially regional universities, such as UW-Stevens Point, UW-Parkside and especially the formerly-called UW Colleges may have encouraged prospective students and their parents to pursue other post-secondary education options,” he said.
Radomski said retaining and encouraging students to enroll at UW-Madison can be done through increasing state and campus financial aid services, advisory boards for academic departments, and increasing the amount of online courses and degrees.
WISCAPE is housed in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
(ELPA) within UW-Madison's School of Education.