MADISON, Wis.— UW System President Tommy Thompson issued this statement today:
“The UW System’s faculty and staff are the best in the country and that has never been clearer than it has been during this pandemic. They worked to ensure our students had a safe and productive academic experience, while at the same time taking furloughs and working through incredibly difficult situations on our campuses. Today’s vote by the committee is a recognition of the vital role faculty and staff play in our campus communities, and I applaud the committee for making this investment.”
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.