UW-Madison budget forum set for Sept. 14

The campus community is invited to be part of a discussion about the state budget and its impact on the University of Wisconsin–Madison in a forum on Wednesday, Sept. 14, from 3:30-5 p.m. at Gordon Dining & Event Center, 770 W. Dayton St.

Cross urges support for budget proposal at La Crosse newspaper visit

In a visit with the editorial board of the La Crosse Tribune, UW System President Ray Cross said investment in the system in an investment in the future of Wisconsin.

Read the article here.

Blank, Regents weigh in on System budget request

UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank writes in her blog that the System budget request aligns well with the institution’s goals.

“I’m happy to support this request, and I hope you will join our efforts over the next nine months as part of the state budget process,” Blank says.

University of Wisconsin Board of Regents President Regina Millner and Vice President John Behling write that the System can play an important role in reinvigorating the state economy.

“All of our UW System campuses are in an ideal position to drive a stronger Wisconsin economy – something we all want for students, for families, and for Wisconsin.”

Read the column from Millner and Behling here.

Regents approve 2020FWD, UW-System’s new strategic framework

The board voted unanimously Thursday to approve the plan. It provides strategic direction for the UW System in four key areas: the educational pipeline, the university experience, business and community mobilization, and operational excellence.

Coverage of UW System budget request

Wisconsin State Journal: UW budget request seeks new outreach programs, $4M for student advising

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: UW System details new initiatives

Capital Times: UW System seeks $42.5 million to cut student costs, develop workforce

Wisconsin State Journal editorial: Keep tuition freeze but increase state aid to University of Wisconsin

Eau Claire Leader-Telegram editorial: UW System budget request reasonable

UW System releases strategic framework, 2017-19 budget request

The University of Wisconsin System today released details of the strategic framework, 2020FWD, and the 2017-19 biennial budget request.

The items will be presented UW System Board of Regents for discussion and a vote during Thursday’s meeting at the Gordon Dining & Event Center on the UW-Madison campus.

Cross: Now is the Time to Stand with Your UW

University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross writes in a new column that the state of Wisconsin is at a crossroads.

“We can choose either to invest in our future, in the future of our children, and in the future of our state, or we can give the university system a lower priority and put our future at risk. The choice is ours.

“We need your support. Now is the time to stand with the University of Wisconsin System,” Cross writes.

Read the full column here.

Blank: On the end of the academic year and a way forward

In a recent post on her blog, Chancellor Blank addressed recent discourse around UW-Madison and UW System, along with ways the university can work with the state to move both forward. Related: View the UW-Madison Budget in Brief document (PDF).

UW–Madison, UW System schools detail budget cut impacts

In a summary on budget impacts submitted to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, UW–Madison reported that a 10.6 percent reduction in state support in the current fiscal year has created an $86 million budget deficit.

To close the budget gap, UW–Madison has cut or redirected spending by $50 million over the next two years. The rest of the deficit will be filled by tuition increases to non-resident students.

Impacts of the cuts include:

  • In the largest college, Letters & Science, all general fund hiring was frozen this year. L&S ultimately will cut 48 faculty and 44 staff positions. With these losses, departments are reducing the number of courses offered, increasing class sizes or substituting staff for faculty instructors.
  • During the 2015-17 biennium, we expect to lose 418 faculty and staff positions through layoffs or attrition.
  • In the Office of Undergraduate Advising, cuts will impact the ability to work with students, potentially increasing time to graduation for more students. The College of Engineering has halted a planned expansion of advisors. The College currently has 17 advisors to serve 6,600 students – at least five advisors below the minimum needed to serve students effectively.
  • Student employment positions have been drastically reduced across campus. For example, Human Resources cut more than 6,500 hours of student employment. Research and Sponsored Programs cut about 6,300 hours of student employment. Not only do these reductions decrease the level of service, but they also reduce learning opportunities and financial support for students.
  • The university are unable to expand enrollments in areas of increased student demand in important areas such as Business, Engineering and Nursing because of the budget cuts.
  • The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) reports an array of service reductions to students in 2015-16. Labs are updated less frequently as a result of computer lab support reductions. Due to a digital media lab closing, students now must pay for these services elsewhere. In addition, early-morning and late-night help desk hours for students were reduced.

Go here to view the full UW–Madison summary and the summaries from other System school.


Information on UW-Madison program revenue fund balances


Tuition balances carried over from prior fiscal years have been reduced by more than 50% – from $143M in FY13 to $71.1M in FY15.

This represents a decrease from a 16% carryover at the end of FY 2013 to 7.3% at the end of FY 2015, well below the 12% threshold established by new Board of Regents and legislative policies.
All but $3.8M of the carryover from FY15 is already obligated or planned for various university programs.


Overall PR balances have decreased by 10% over the same period.

81% of carryover balances are obligated or planned for expenses the campus will incur in FY16. Another 4.8% has been designated for specific uses.
Of the $52.2M among ALL funds classified as reserves, 93% are federal dollars essential to the research enterprise, especially at a time when federal research funding is declining. Only $3.8M is available for other uses.
Our balances are well below those of peer institutions, including Big 10 peers.
There are no state tax dollars in any of these funds.


The campus has instituted a new system of quarterly reporting of balances – the only campus in the UW System with such a reporting method. Campus units are reporting balances in a number of categories, including tuition, general operations and auxiliary operations so that we can monitor balances and make adjustments on a real time basis.

If we exceed balances of 12% in any of these areas, we will provide detailed explanations of how we intend to use these funds.


Detailed Information by Fund Type:


The tuition balance was reduced from $143M in FY13 to $71.1M in FY 15 – a decrease of $71.9M. This is a decrease from 16% to 7% in carryover.
Of the $71.1M carried over from FY15, $67.3M is either obligated or planned for expenses the campus will incur in FY16. Only $3.8M is a true reserve. The reserve will be utilized this year as we experienced a modest decline in our enrollment.

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