Wisconsin-Madison Gets Approval for Tuition Plan

May 11, 2009

The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents on Friday approved a plan to raise tuition at the flagship campus at Madison by substantial amounts, but to designate those funds for spending -- such as additional faculty slots -- that directly improves undergraduate education. Biddy Martin, the new chancellor at Madison, championed the plan -- and won student support for it -- by noting the many ways that inadequate state funding has hurt the student experience. For example, she noted that the university has lost faculty slots, and that students are turned away regularly from key courses they need for their majors. Students from families with incomes up to $80,000 will be exempt from the tuition surcharge. Following the board vote, Martin issued a statement that said in part: "We pledge to deliver value. We'll do this by providing more faculty and instructional support in high-demand areas, classroom innovations and better student-support services."

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