PolitiFact: Walker Wrong on Student-Faculty Ratio

May 16, 2016

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a Republican who has had numerous fights with faculty groups, last week said that professors at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee enjoy a low 2.8 to 1 student-faculty ratio. One problem, as PolitiFact explained, is that the governor's statistics are completely wrong. The 2.8 figure comes from a figure for "individual instruction" programs, which are a minority of programs taught through independent study, a type of instruction that naturally involves low student-faculty ratios. The real ratio (counting all students and faculty members, on full-time equivalent basis) is 29 to 1, and it has been going up. As recently as 1994, the ratio was 21 to 1. (Governor Walker has since clarified his original statement.)

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