The President of the UW System says campuses will be ready to deal with the first class of students signing the Wisconsin Covenant. Thousands of 8th graders are expected to sign the agreement in May, which will guarantee them access to a college education. UW System president Kevin Reilly says they're gearing up to meet that expected increase in students with their growth agenda. That includes increasing physical space at UW schools and adding more faculty.

Reilly says several options are being considered to make more room. Although, he believes technology may offer the best solution. He says online course offerings have already shown to be valuable in expanding who has access to a UW education. Reilly says even students who are living on campus are already using the technology.

Reilly says it's important for the state to be ready to offer students a college education.

AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (MP3 1:13)

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