Freezing tuition at the University of Wisconsin without adding more state money to offset the loss has contributed to the system falling behind similar institutions and harming its ability to compete, according to a report by the Wisconsin Policy Forum released Tuesday.
University of Wisconsin System officials are proposing that all of its 39,000 employees receive pay raises of 2% and 2.5% over the next two fiscal years, despite a projected $373 million deficit in the state's general fund.
A failed search for a person to lead the University of Wisconsin System has cost taxpayers about $216,000, a cost unlikely to be recouped because of contract language with the company hired to help find the next president.
Wisconsin state agencies are cutting $300 million, including $45 million at the University of Wisconsin System, under the most recent round of reductions Gov. Tony Evers ordered due to losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic.