UW Colleges’ two-year campuses are important access points to higher education for students all across Wisconsin. Their programs offer the quality education the UW System is known for at affordable tuition levels.
Over the last several years, UW Colleges has faced enrollment and financial challenges brought on by Wisconsin’s changing population demographics. To ensure the future viability and sustainability of all our campuses, in November 2017, the UW System Board of Regents passed a resolution approving the restructure of UW Colleges and UW Extension. The resolution allows UW System President Ray Cross to join the 13 two-year UW Colleges with the UW’s four-year comprehensive and research institutions. Divisions within UW-Extension will be assigned to UW-Madison and UW System Administration.
Leveraging resources and shared talent at our institutions will get more students into and through the educational pipeline.
- All UW Colleges campuses will remain open. In fact, we want to bring more classes on-site, including eventually offering upper-level courses. Our goal is to expand the opportunities available to students. Students should continue to apply to the campus they wish to attend – either a two-year or four-year campus.Two-year campuses are still offering the same academic courses and programs. Students can earn an associate’s degree, or use those two years of general education credits to transfer into a four-year UW institution.
- You can still transfer your credits. If you are a student at a two-year campus now or in the future, your credits will transfer to all UW institutions – just as they do now. A key goal of the restructuring is to make it easier to transfer your credits.
- Tuition levels stay the same.Post-integration, we will maintain existing tuition levels for classes currently offered at the two-year institutions to keep them affordable for students and families. Our two-year campuses are important access points for students, particularly those at greater risk of not being able to afford college: first generation, low income, and underserved communities.
- Better use of resources. The UW System will continue to standardize and regionalize administrative operations and services to more efficiently and effectively use resources.