December Regents Meeting

uw system logoThe University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will meet at UW-Madison today and tomorrow, December 6 and 7. A full agenda of the meeting is here. Webcast archives of the meetings are here.

Interim Chancellor David Ward addressed the regents the morning to discuss UW-Madison’s strategic priorities. The regents also discussed the Flexible Option degree program that was launched last week.

Four committees will meet this afternoon: Education; Business, Finance and Audit; Capital Planning and Budget; and Research, Economic Development and Innovation.

The Education Committee will consider a proposal to increase the non-resident enrollment at UW-Madison from 25 percent to 30 percent. UW-Madison exceeded the 25 percent cap for the first time this year when it enrolled 25.8 percent non-resident undergraduates from 6,300 new freshmen, the largest freshman class in the history of UW-Madison. The resident freshman class is the largest in seven years.

UW-Madison proposes to guarantee 3,500 resident enrollments (200 more students than its current target) while increasing the non-resident population slightly to maintain an undergraduate enrollment of 29,000. University projections show the plan would result in a non-resident undergraduate population of 26-27 percent over a five-year period.

Wisconsin is the only state in the Big Ten that limits non-resident enrollment, and now ranks sixth among Big Ten universities for out-of-state students. Several universities currently enroll more than 40 percent non-resident undergraduates and this fall the University of Iowa enrolled almost as many out-of-state students as those from in-state (47% compared to 44%).