As tuition rise at UW campuses in recent years, UW-Madison Interim Chancellor David Ward says it’s important to realize times are changing. He tells regents this morning, when coming to Wisconsin in 1960, students covered 10 percent of the costs of their education. Today’s freshmen at UW System campuses can expect to pick up 50 percent.
Ward says this incremental decrease in subsides over the years has happened in every state. He says Wisconsin ranks about average as to how much taxpayers pick up the tab in public colleges and universities.
In speaking broadly about higher education, Ward says the UW system “better take other actions” than to hope that state subsidies will increase in the future.