UW System President Ray Cross proposes merging UW Colleges with four-year UW institutions as part of a broader restructuring of UW Colleges and UW-Extension.  UW Colleges campuses will be integrated into UW four-year institutions, and divisions within UW-Extension will be assigned to UW-Madison and UW System Administration.  These changes will be effective July 1, 2018.  Please submit your questions about the proposal below.

The objectives of the restructuring include:

  • Expanding access to higher education by offering more general education and upper-level courses at the integrated branch campuses
  • Identifying and reducing barriers to transferring credits within the UW System
  • Maintaining affordability by continuing current tuition levels at the branch campuses post-merger for general education courses
  • Further standardizing and regionalizing administrative operations and services to more efficiently use resources
  • Leveraging resources and shared talent at our institutions to get more students into and through the educational pipeline, better aligning the university to meet Wisconsin’s projected workforce needs