The relationship between the State of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin System is one of the most important connections in this State. The State of Wisconsin is the single largest stakeholder in the University of Wisconsin System, providing over $1 billion annually to support the operations of the institutions within the UW System. The UW System, in turn, is also the largest state entity with more than 35,000 public employees scattered throughout 26 campuses and 72 county extension offices.
The State Relations team manages that relationship, serving as the primary points of contact at UW System for all state government agencies and the legislature. The team monitors legislation, provides legislative and political updates, and advocates on behalf of the system. They also work closely with the Board of Regents, as well as the legislative liaisons, public information officers and Chancellors of each UW institution to ensure a consistent legislative strategy and advocacy plan.
The team also coordinates the annual Research in the Rotunda event, which celebrates undergraduate student research in the Capitol Rotunda each spring. Faculty and staff from each UW System institution bring research to present to legislators and the public.
The State Relations team closely monitors and all legislation that could impact the University of Wisconsin System and regularly shares that information with their colleagues at institutions throughout the System for review and comment. Each bill being tracked by the State Relations Team is sent to campus and UW System administration staff for review. In some cases, that feedback received in this process will lead the State Relations team and President Cross to recommend that the Board of Regents take a formal position on a specific piece of legislation. The bill position memos on legislation that the Board has taken a formal position on is available to view below.
Track bills of interest to the University of Wisconsin System.
Contact state legislators, government relations staff, and UW System legislative liaisons.