State budget cuts have led the UW System’s two-year colleges to cut 83 full-time administrative positions. UW Extension and Colleges Chancellor Cathy Sandeen said they’re consolidating into four regions, with one administrative team overseeing each.
“Instead of having full administrative staff on each of our 13 campuses, we’re going to cluster the campuses together in regions under one leadership team,” Sandeen said. “We’re doing that because we’re forced to, and we believe that it also will allow us to provide the services that we need to provide to our students.”
The Colleges are not eliminating any faculty positions, but will cut the instructional budget by $100,000. The 13 campuses lost $5 million in the budget.
“We’re not cutting the academic programs at all. So we’re not cutting any faculty positions and we’re not cutting any classes. What’s being regionalized is administration only,” Sandeen said. “We started this whole process with the assumption that we would not be closing any campuses. They’re too important to the communities they serve.”