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UW-Madison Prepares to Eliminate 400 Positions

Apr 17, 2015
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In anticipation of state budget cuts, University of Wisconsin Chancellor Rebecca Blank says the flagship campus will have to eliminate approximately 400 positions and end some programs and restructure others. She specifically cites the fields of information technology, agriculture and the arts.

Gov. Walker cuts state funding for the UW System by $300 million in his two-year budget proposal. Republican leaders say they hope to reduce the cuts, particularly if state revenue increases by the end of the current fiscal year.

UWM Officials Announce Buyout Program

Apr 14, 2015
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UW-Milwaukee officials on Monday explained details of a new buyout offer for employees. The plan encourages faculty and staff who are close to retirement to leave early.

The campus stands to lose as much as $40 million in state aid over the next two years, if lawmakers approve Gov. Walker’s budget. One way UWM is looking to deal with the shortfall is through a buyout program.

Chancellor Mark Mone says the university will offer the deal to about 300 of its 4,500 employees.

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The UW Board of Regents began a two-day meeting in Waukesha on Thursday.

They heard from UW System President Ray Cross, who told regents he’s making progress in swaying legislators, on the next two-year state budget. Cross is working to convince lawmakers not to go ahead with Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal, to strip $300 million from the system in the next two years. Cross wants a smaller cut, in addition to greater autonomy for the system.

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Wisconsin is experiencing two major political battles right now – right-to-work and higher education funding. They’re debates that largely skew down partisan lines. But one analyst says they actually have similarities that go deeper.

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At state university campuses around Wisconsin, department heads are going into budgeting processes contemplating cuts that could be as small as five percent or as large as 20 percent – or more.

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One observer says presidential hopefuls might raise the issue, thinking it could hurt Gov. Walker in polls. Another stunned that Wisconsin is talking cuts.

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As Governor Scott Walker prepares to officially unveil his proposed budget for the coming biennium, UW-Milwaukee leaders are preparing to cope with potentially historic funding cuts.

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Gov. Walker said several times, after calling for deep funding cuts in the UW System in exchange for autonomy, that faculty might need to work more.

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Gov. Scott Walker is again taking aim at public education.

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UW System President Ray Cross is ordering cost-saving moves, in light of Gov. Walker's plan to cut funding for the system by 13%, while freezing tuition.

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Across the U.S., public universities are seeking less input from state leaders, on how to spend money, build and teach.

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Gov. Walker says he’s giving university leaders what they’ve wanted for years.

Pres. Ray Cross wants the UW System to consider reducing the number of credits needed for graduation and the need for elective courses.

Federal appeals court wants a state response to a request, that the full court reconsider the status of Wisconsin's Voter ID law.

The U.S. Dept. of Education has agreed to award financial aid to students enrolled in one of the UW System's new competency-based programs.

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