State budget cuts will result in a number of changes for the University of Wisconsin System’s 13 two-year college campuses. The budget signed by the governor earlier this month cut about $5 million from the colleges, which was part of the overall $250 million in cuts made to the UW System.
UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor Cathy Sandeen said Tuesday that they will deal with the reduced funding by eliminating the equivalent of 83 full-time positions and consolidating leadership of the colleges into four geographic regions.
Most of the job reductions will come in campus administration and no faculty positions are being targeted. Only $100,000 will be cut from instructional budgets.
Sandeen said the cuts were extremely difficult, but will help UW Colleges position itself for the future. “We are consolidating and regionalizing our administrative functions so that we can keep our promise to Wisconsin students, families and communities to provide access to a high quality University of Wisconsin education,” she said.