Category Archives: College costs

The history of tuition and state support at UW-Madison

Many people are understandably confused by arguments concerning declines in state support, increases in tuition, and total support available for the instructional mission of the university.  This analysis tries to make the relationships clearer by looking at historical data. When … Continue reading

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Reframing the conversation about tuition.

Chancellor Rebecca Blank has spoken recently of the desirability of raising out-of-state tuition to help make ends meet on the UW-Madison campus.  Her proposal offers one of the few potentially viable pathways to budget stability in a landscape dominated by … Continue reading

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The missing message about universities and society.

The role of public higher education in a rapidly changing world rose to prominence  last week with two developments:  the University of Virginia’s governance debacle (see local commentary here) and the announcement of Gov. Scott Walker’s Flexible Online Degree initiative. … Continue reading

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“We won’t take it anymore”: UW-Madison students mobilize for student loan debt relief.

As students in Wisconsin, we have the right to allocate our own segregated fees for student activities and services that serve the student interest such as student organizations, the Student Union, and University Health Services.  Although recently we have seen … Continue reading

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Is this what shared governance looks like?

The following has been cross-posted from The Education Optimists: For decades, the price of higher education has been rising at colleges and universities nationwide, and relatively few students and families have done so much as sniff.  While occasional concerns about … Continue reading

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Anecdotes don’t reflect UW reality

“Students should be working 40 hours a week, but these days they are taking off work to hang out with their friends and then are abusing Badger Care and the food pantries. Students need to pay attention to what’s going … Continue reading

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Responding to decreased state support: A modest proposal.

The Commission on Faculty Compensation and Economic Benefits has issued its annual report for 2011-2012 [PDF].  The commission rightly identifies a looming crisis in compensation for faculty and staff  at UW-Madison.  The report provides not only a thoughtful and sober … Continue reading

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Give the Wisconsin Compact some teeth.

Last Wednesday, the Joint Finance Committee handed UW System an additional $46.1 million cut in the form a budget lapse, continuing the deleterious trend of divestment from public higher education and the economic engine of Wisconsin. Like the $250 million … Continue reading

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Supporting our future.

As the new year approaches, I have our future students on my mind. Today one of our core values is at stake—something that should concern all of us who are committed to the future of our college, UW–Madison and Wisconsin. … Continue reading

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Rise in sticker price at public colleges outpaces that at private colleges for 5th year in a row.

The Chronicle of Higher Education recently published the following article on rising costs at public universities: Rise in Sticker Price at Public Colleges Outpaces That at Private Colleges for 5th Year in a Row, by Beckie Supiano, October 26, 2011 … Continue reading

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