Gov. Walker Visits UWS; Talks Tuition

SUPERIOR, WI — Gov­er­nor Scott Walker came to speak in the Yel­low­jacket Union on the sub­ject of the UW-System tuition freeze; a bud­get pro­posal that was approved by the board of UW regents on July 11th.

The tuition freeze being pro­posed would make it so the tuition to attend UWS would not increase for the next two years. “This is impor­tant for the stu­dents here,” said Walker. “It’s impor­tant for the fam­i­lies who sup­port stu­dents here and it’s impor­tant for the state as a whole.”

Tuition costs $7,904 for Wis­con­sin res­i­dents at UWS presently. Direc­tor of Uni­ver­sity Rela­tions, Lynne Williams, stated that we won’t see as much income but we will see the usual costs of oper­a­tions go up.

The tuition freeze…is the right thing to do for the stu­dents at this point in time,” said Williams.

The freeze is par­tially in response to a $650,000 sur­plus of the UW-System in 2012.

Also in the bud­get is a 1% pay raise for employees.

Along with the freeze we will see $200 mil­lion in other cuts to the UW-System. SGA pres­i­dent Gra­ham Garfield spoke against the tuition freeze because of this. “It’s going to force us to cut pro­grams, it’s going to force us to cut fac­ulty,” said Garfield. He also talked about how the bud­get would hurt, and even elim­i­nate the United Coun­cil of UW Stu­dents, an advo­cate for issues of higher edu­ca­tion per­tain­ing to value, and qual­ity of the stu­dent expe­ri­ence. Accord­ing to Garfield this group will be cease to exist in Walk­ers new bud­get. Also, many other stu­dent orga­ni­za­tions will strug­gle with less fund­ing to them.

It’s a small part of a big bud­get that looks stu­dent friendly on the out­side and should be ter­ri­fy­ing to stu­dents on the inside when you con­sider those pro­vi­sions,” said Garfield.

After the Gov­er­nor spoke he then took time to shake hands and answer ques­tions to indi­vid­u­als in the audi­ence. Some atten­dees came to the press con­fer­ence with protest signs. Walker also made stops to other UW-system colleges

 

Gov­er­nor Walker talks with UWS Students

 

 

 

 

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