MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson issued this statement today:
“When Governor Evers announced the lapses, I understood his desire to be fiscally responsible during the pandemic, and we worked closely with him to create a workable plan for UW System’s share.
“Now that Wisconsin is coming out of those difficult times, I appreciate his willingness to eliminate the lapse for the current fiscal year.
“This restored funding will be a significant help to our campuses as we fully open this fall.”
The University of Wisconsin System serves approximately 165,000 students. Awarding nearly 37,000 degrees annually, the UW System is Wisconsin’s talent pipeline, putting graduates in position to increase their earning power, contribute to their communities, and make Wisconsin a better place to live. Nearly 90 percent of in-state UW System graduates stay in Wisconsin five years after earning a degree. The UW System provides a 23:1 return on state investment. UW System institutions also contribute to the richness of Wisconsin’s culture and economy with groundbreaking research, new companies and patents, and boundless creative intellectual energy.