Regents met in committee this morning:
- The Business and Finance Committee considered approval of several agreements and contracts and discussed UW System’s 403(b) program.
- The Education Committee considered approval of four new degree programs and heard an update on the Freshwater Collaborative of Wisconsin.
- The Audit Committee discussed current audits and considered approval of the FY2022 Compliance Plan.
- The Research, Economic Development, and Innovation Committee heard a presentation on the WiSys Technology Foundation.
The full board is meeting this afternoon and tomorrow morning:
Thursday afternoon, the board will hear reports from Board of Regents President Edmund Manydeeds and Interim President Tommy Thompson. Manydeeds is presiding over his first meeting since his election as board president last month.
The board will discuss a return to in-person instruction in the fall and hear an update on legislative issues before voting on the 2021-22 annual operating budget. The proposed budget does not include a tuition increase despite the decision by the state’s Joint Finance Committee to not extend the 8-year tuition freeze, freeing the Regents to include a tuition increase this fiscal year.
On Friday, the board will discuss the presidential search process, approve committee action, hear a report on summer bridge programs for incoming freshmen, and recognize the service of Emeritus Regents John Behling and Becky Levzow.
Last night, the Wisconsin State Senate approved the the 2021-23 state budget proposal by a vote of 23-9. Three Democrats — Senate Majority Leader Janet Bewley, Brad Pfaff and Jeff Smith — joined all the Republicans present to vote in favor of the bill. This is the first time since 2007 that a budget bill passed with bipartisan support. The bill now awaits action from Governor Tony Evers who can sign the bill into law, sign it with partial vetoes, or fully veto the bill.
PROFS statement on the budget is below: