University of Wisconsin—Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank issued the following statement today in reaction to Gov. Tony Evers’ proposal for UW System:
“I applaud the new investments in the UW System proposed by Governor Evers today and appreciate his strong commitment to giving us the tools needed to continue providing a high-quality, affordable education for Wisconsin students.
“Fully funding the tuition freeze and the investment in our faculty ensures we can increase access for our students in high-demand programs, helping build the talent pipeline while driving economic growth for Wisconsin. These funds will help UW–Madison produce more graduates in nursing, computer science, business and engineering.
“Additionally, the proposed funding increase for Extension strengthens the commitment to the Wisconsin Idea and will help Extension continue the important work they do around our state.
“I look forward to working with the governor and the Legislature through the rest of the budget process to ensure UW–Madison students, faculty, staff and alumni can continue changing lives in communities all across Wisconsin.”
UW System President Ray Cross’ released the following statement on the budget address:
“We applaud Governor Evers’ enthusiastic commitment to funding higher education and the University of Wisconsin System. We agree that higher education is vital to growing Wisconsin’s talent pipeline, improving lives, and providing Wisconsinites opportunities to earn higher wages.
“By fully funding the tuition freeze in his proposed budget, Governor Evers is committed to preserving the quality of education critical to student success.
“Additionally, his proposed investments in capacity-building initiatives of high-demand programs can help position Wisconsin for an even brighter future.
“We look forward to working with the Governor and legislators to advance our shared priorities.”