Office of the President

April 6, 2011

Statement from UW Interim President Phyllis Wise on House budget


It is discouraging to see half of the state’s appropriation for the UW disappear in the space of two biennia. On the one hand, we are grateful that the House budget writers recognize the links among tuition, state funds, and financial aid. When the state does not have the funds to support higher education, raising tuition and preserving the state need grant are mechanisms by which we can try to maintain excellence and access. However, it is disappointing that the dramatic shift in who pays for higher education in our state continues and that students will bear an even greater proportion of the costs for education. While it may enable us to weather this storm, it is certainly not a viable long-term strategy. We need a different model for funding the university.

  • Matthew Phillip FitzGerald

    I completely agree! It is a very unfortunate situation, but I am certain that our University will persevere and succeed. Tough economic times call for tough measures, but hopefully when the good times come back around we can reapir the damage that has beend one and get back on track.

    I thank you and am very grateful for your committment to quality of education – to me, this is the most important priority we can have, for if we do not maintain a high quality education, then it becomes harder to argue for stronger funding contributions by the state. We contribute so much to the community, and continue to contribute more than is invested in us…but tough times are tough times. I am very certain we will pull through and maintain the strength of our various programs, not the least because of the strong leadership provided by our administration!