Mike Brost, a University of Wisconsin-Madison senior from Shorewood, asks in Friday’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel at what point does a state university cease to be a university?
Brost writes that state spending on higher education has fallen 28 percent since 2008, and UW-Madison receives just 15 percent of its budget from the state. Nationally, as state funding drops, tuition increases — 231 percent over the past 30 years.
At the same time, Brost observes investment in public higher education is a good for the state’s economy:
With $1.2 billion in state funding, the UW System contributes more than $15 billion to Wisconsin’s economy.
Brost argues that if current trends continue, Wisconsin’s funding of higher education will end in 2040.
The full article is here.