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UW System leaders issue statement in response to State of the State


MADISON (PRESS RELEASE) -- In response to Gov. Walker's State of the State address tonight, UW System leaders issued this statement:

"As the State of Wisconsin works to address current and future financial challenges, the Governor and State Legislature will need to make many tough decisions.

"The University of Wisconsin System and its 15 institutions are ready, willing, and able to help fuel the state's economic resurgence. We will engage in more cutting-edge research that creates new jobs, and we will produce more graduates who are well prepared to help Wisconsin businesses succeed.

"We believe that all State leaders share our goal of preserving the UW System's reputation as one of America's best, most accessible, and most affordable public systems of higher education. UW employees deserve full credit for creating and maintaining that reputation. Their commitment to educational quality has remained strong even as enrollments surged and wages fell.

"As we ask our faculty and staff to make greater contributions to Wisconsin's long-term economic growth, we will face intense pressure from other universities that compete with us in the national marketplace for talent.

"We are committed to working with Governor Walker and Legislators from both parties to forge a new State/University partnership. Such a new framework should free up the UW System -- all of its institutions across the state -- from bureaucratic regulation that hampers its ability to attract and retain the best teachers and researchers from around the country and the world. Remaining accountable to taxpayers and students, we can find ways to leverage limited resources more efficiently, and contribute more effectively to a brighter Wisconsin future."

-- Charles Pruitt, President, UW System Board of Regents

-- Kevin P. Reilly, President, UW System


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