Take Action for the UW

Gov. Scott Walker released his proposal for funding state government over the next two years. His budget includes roughly $105 million in new funding for the University of Wisconsin System, and $35 million to fund a 5 percent tuition reduction.

Specific aspects of the governor’s proposal include:

  • $50 million the UW was required to lapse back to the state in the last budget but is returned to its base budget in this biennium.
  • $35 million to cover a 5 percent tuition cut for in-state undergrad students in the 2018-19 school year.
  • $42.5 million tied to performance metrics in areas including affordability, workforce readiness, student success, efficiency and service.
  • $11.6 million for UW employee compensation increases.
  • $10 million in additional funding for the Wisconsin Grants need based financial aid program, including nearly $5.7 million for UW System student aid.
  • Approximately $900,000 for a variety of other specific programs, including $200,000 for the Wisconsin Rural Physician Residency Assistance Program and $100,000 for Alzheimer’s research at UW–Madison.

UW-Madison encourages members of the Wisconsin legislature, who are currently debating the budget, to support the following campus priorities:

  • Maintain the reinvestment in the UW System that Gov. Walker has proposed. Doing so is an investment in a strong economy and the workforce of our state.
  • Authorize two building projects funded with program revenue that UW–Madison requested. Two projects for which UW–Madison has already secured funding were not authorized in the capital budget. Both will cost the state nothing and delays will add to the total cost of the projects.
    • Construction of the Lot 62 ramp – This project is a key piece to the expansion of the School of Veterinary Medicine, which serves farmers and pet owners from across the state and provides free consultations to veterinarians in every county. If the parking lot project is delayed two years, it will become more difficult for the School of Veterinary Medicine to raise private funds for the expansion.

Take Action

On Tuesday, May 23, the Legislative Joint Finance Committee will vote on the University of Wisconsin part of the 2017-19 state budget. Now is the time to urge your legislators to contact the Joint Committee on Finance and ask them to support the Unviersity of Wisconsin and higher education in this budget.

    • Renovation of Slichter Residence Hall – Built in 1946, Slichter needs upgrades for mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems – as well as a new fire protection and smoke detection systems. This project has already been delayed by several years, leading to cost escalation of $2 million so far.
  • Treat all state employees the same when determining salary increases. Investing in people is crucial to maintaining our faculty and staff, but the increase for UW System employees is tied to savings generated from the state moving to a self-insurance model for health insurance. With some legislators questioning whether to move forward with a self-insurance model, it could mean the increase for UW employees is not funded.

More information will be available throughout the state budget process at budget.wisc.edu.

Investments in students, faculty, and facilities are what make a great university a world-class university. As governor two decades ago, I proudly invested in knowledge and research—and the return on that investment continues across campus.Governor Tommy Thompson

At a Crossroads

For more than 160 years, the state of Wisconsin and its flagship university have worked together to improve life for all Wisconsinites.

The Wisconsin Idea is alive and well, but it still needs your support. Facing declining state funds and rising educational costs, UW—Madison is at a crossroads. While the state once contributed more than 40% of our budget, today it provides just 15%. We have relentlessly pursued costs savings and efficiencies across campus, from facilities to administration to IT to personnel. But it’s not enough. In order to continue providing a world-class education for Wisconsin families, we need a reinvestment from the state.

The state’s generous support of the university built a world-renowned institution with a global footprint right in our own backyard. For the future students across this state — and for the future of this state — reinvest in UW.

Learn More

University Basics

A crash course on the issues.

UW 2017 Budget Talking Points

Talking points on how to support UW-Madison during the 2017 budget cycle. Learn more at budget.wisc.edu

The UW Budget in Brief

Revenue and how it’s distributed.

Learn more about lifesaving research and the use of fetal tissue

Research using fetal tissue contributes to the fight against a long list of illnesses, including asthma, birth defects, cancer, heart failure, and Alzheimer’s disease.

For questions or more information, contact Mike Fahey at 608-308-5110.

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Stay Informed

Recent News

Stay up-to-date on the issues facing the UW. Below you’ll find recent articles and reports from the press and the university.

The 2017–19 Budget Cycle May Include Performance-Based Funding

Following UW System requests for extended state funding over the next two years, Governor Scott Walker’s spokesman Tony Evenson divulged that the upcoming budget will include new performance-based funding for the system. The Governor also plans to reinstate the tuition freeze for resident tuition, an action that UW advocates fear could threaten the system’s quality […]

Via Wisconsin State Journal

Gov. Scott Walker Plans to Extend Tuition Freeze for UW System

The tuition-freeze on resident tuition is now on its fourth year, and has managed to keep the cost of a UW education low for in-state students. Governor Walker has announced plans to reinstate the tuition-freeze for the 2017–2019 budget cycle, which university officials and advocates fear will lead to fewer course options, faculty departures and […]

Via Wisconsin Public Radio

Gaming Experts and Professors to Leave UW-Madison

UW-Madison professors, married couple and co-directors of the UW-Madison Games + Learning + Society Center, Kurt Squire and Constance Steinkuehler, have decided to leave the University, both accepting positions at the University of California-Irvine. While their decision to leave was partially based on the academic and professional opportunities that Irvine presented them, they each noted […]

Via Isthmus