MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The College of Wisconsin System’s new president stated Thursday that he needs to proceed a freeze on tuition for in-state graduates by way of not less than the following educational yr.
Jay Rothman took over as president on Wednesday. He held a brief question-and-answer session with reporters on Thursday. He stated that system officers plant to current their 2022-23 price range to regents subsequent week and the spending plan will embrace the freeze.
Tuition for in-state undergraduates has remained flat for the final 9 years. Republican legislators imposed the freeze within the 2013-15 state price range. College officers complained concerning the freeze routinely for years, saying it damage their income and the state wasn’t offering sufficient help to offset the losses.
Republican lawmakers voted final yr to carry the freeze however regents selected to maintain it in place for the 2021-22 educational yr.
Rothman stated his core goals are holding faculty inexpensive, sustaining enrollment ranges and attracting college students from underrepresented teams. Extending the freeze is an important step towards all three objectives, he stated.
He declined to say if system officers plan to ask legislators for more cash to offset the freeze within the subsequent state price range.
Rothman served as chairman and CEO of the Foley & Lardner regulation agency earlier than the regents picked him to take over as UW president. He changed Ray Cross, who retired in 2020. Former Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson served as interim president earlier than Rothman was employed.
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