The UW Board of Regents could decide today whether to ask for another $95 million in the next two-year state budget.
University of Wisconsin System officials say they need more tax dollars to help pay for the school’s new Talent Development Initiative, to create new STEM-related jobs — science, technology, engineering, and math.
The UW also says it needs to boost the numbers of graduates while reducing the time to receive a degree. Officials also want to maintain the quality of academic instruction and research in the UW System.
Officials say the 26 campuses need to preserve academic quality, in the face of another tuition freeze. Governor Scott Walker had told state agencies last month not to expect any increase in tax funding in the next budget that he’d propose in February — if he gets re-elected this fall.
The Regents meet Thursday at the Oshkosh campus. They’re scheduled to take up the budget in the afternoon.