Government Relations

Government Relations Legislative Update

Government Relations Legislative Update

Updates on state and federal issues relating to the UW System.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Regents Approve 2009-10 Operating Budget, Set Tuition/Fee Schedules

The UW System Board of Regents met yesterday in Madison. Below is a brief summary of major items, with links to related materials and news accounts. A detailed news summary is posted online, with links to related presentation materials. You can also watch archived video of the Board’s public discussions.


  • As part of approving a $2.2 billion annual operating budget, the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents set tuition for the 2009-10 academic year, agreeing to a 5.5 percent tuition increase for most undergraduate students at the four-year campuses. The Board froze tuition at the UW Colleges for the third year in a row, leaving it at 2006-07 levels. See our July 3 news release for more details, as well as news coverage from the Associated Press and the Wisconsin State Journal.
  • The Board held an in-depth discussion of the UW’s role in Wisconsin’s workforce development. Presenters included JoAnna Richard, Deputy Secretary of Workforce Development; Kim Kindschi, Director of the Division of Entrepreneurship & Economic Development at UW-Extension; and Carl Gulbrandsen, Managing Director of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. See the presentation offered by DWD, UW-Extension, and WARF.
  • The Board welcomed its newest Regents: State Superintendent Tony Evers, WTCS Board President Stan Davis, and Student Regent Aaron Wingad. It also recognized several departing leaders: Regent Mary Quinnette Cuene; UW-Platteville Chancellor David Markee; and Interim UW-Parkside Chancellor Lane Earns, who will return to his post as the UW-Oshkosh Provost.

Analysis of the 2009-10 State Budget

The 2009-11 Wisconsin State Budget was signed by Governor Doyle on June 30 as 2009 Wisconsin Act 28. The UW System Budget Fact Sheet provides analysis of the challenges and opportunities presented by the state budget.