Decision

Effective immediately, we are encouraging open access recruitment opportunities for all UWS institutions at all two-year campuses.

Background

Project Sponsor Ray Cross sent the following letter to Chancellors at all UWS institutions on February 23, 2018:

Our shared goal is to serve the best and brightest students in Wisconsin, giving them the opportunity to hone their intellect and shape their future at our family of UW System campuses. As we move into planning our restructuring initiative, student success remains our top priority.

That is why I am pleased to announce that, effective immediately, we are encouraging open access recruitment opportunities for all UWS institutions at all two-year campuses.

There are several reasons for us to take this path at this juncture. Open recruitment at two-year campuses puts the interests of students first, supporting the mission of helping students find their academic fit without limiting them to a geographic region—in other words, it broadens their opportunities to include the entire state. At the same time, it provides opportunities for enrollment growth for all UWS institutions, regardless of their regional affiliation.

Under open recruitment, four-year campuses will be able to leverage their unique institutional strengths and identities to attract transfer students. Open recruitment has the added benefit of incentivizing those institutions to strengthen transfer pathways from our two-year campuses, a key goal of restructuring. Each of these benefits is centered on expanding opportunities for students at our two- and four-year campuses, and for those campuses themselves.

The specific terms of how recruiting activities are to be coordinated will be determined by the UW System Admissions Directors group in collaboration with their partner campuses. As an important point of clarification, open-access recruitment refers to two-year campus recruitment only; UW four-year institutions cannot recruit at other four-year campuses within the UW System as they are currently prohibited from doing now.

An individual student’s success may be found at a large research institution or a smaller campus closer to home, and it is our responsibility to provide our students with options to pursue paths that best serve their needs, interests and personal preferences. This important collaboration and partnership will benefit the students we all serve.

Our strength comes from our ability to operate cohesively. Together, we can continue to place student success first—and each be the stronger for it.