The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents voted Friday (March 8) to suspend any further undergraduate admissions at all 26 campuses, pending additional information on proposed cuts to the UW budget.

The suspension on undergraduate admissions starts Saturday (March 9) until further notice. Applicants who already have been notified by campuses that they are admitted for Fall 2002 are not affected by this decision.

Regent President Jay L. Smith told the board he hoped the suspension on admissions “is a temporary one and can be lifted in the near future.” The board directed UW System President Katharine Lyall and UW chancellors to act “as soon as possible” to determine the full impact of the budget cuts on the campuses.

“We realize the impact this has on the lives of our applicants and their families, and we apologize for the inconvenience,” Smith said. “But we have no other choice.”

President’s Report

UW System President Katharine Lyall indicated to the board this morning that planning for the 2003-05 biennial budget had begun and needed to move forward. She mentioned that the two main themes for the next state budget would be meeting the economic development needs of Wisconsin and strengthening service to students.

President Lyall also mentioned several “good news” items in a report to the board, including mentioning that UW-Stout and UW System officials were in Washington, D.C., on Thursday (March 7) to receive the Malcolm Baldrige Award from President George W. Bush. UW-Stout is the first university ever to win the Malcolm Baldrige Award, considered the nation’s top honor for performance excellence and quality improvement.

Malcolm Baldrige Award links

Regent Decisions

The Board of Regents approved several items of interest at this morning’s meeting:

  • UW-Parkside charter school contract with Racine Charter One, Inc.
  • 2002-03 Annual Budget Allocation Decision Rules.
  • UW-Superior Aquaculture Demonstration Facility.
  • UW Colleges authority to terminate leased property rights to land leased from Taylor County for the site of the former UW-Center Medford campus.
  • UW-Green Bay authority to accept a gift of three parcels of land at Point au Sauble on the east short of Green Bay from the Wisconsin chapter of the Nature Conservancy.
  • UW-La Crosse Cartwright Student Center Chilled Water Utility Connection.

Background information on approved items

Dean Appointments

In closed session, the regents approved the following UW Colleges appointments:

  • Michael Brophy, dean, UW-Baraboo/Sauk County
  • Daniel J. Blankenship, dean, UW-Fond du Lac
  • Andrew J. Keogh, dean, UW-Marshfield/Wood County

Next Meeting

The Board of Regents will hold its next meeting April 4-5 in Van Hise Hall on the UW-Madison campus.

Media Contact

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