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UW System regents meet to discuss funding needs

The University of Wisconsin System regents are meeting to discuss funding needs for the upcoming budget cycle and to review the system's annual performance.

The full Board of Regents meets Thursday in Madison.

The board is expected to approve a budget that asks for an additional $21 million in state funding. The money would be used in part to fund the UW System's new flexible-degree initiative, a program that would grant college credit for real-world life experience.

The system also seeks $187 million for construction projects in Madison, La Crosse and Stevens Point. That money would be in the form of state-supported bonds but is separate from the 2013-15 budget.

There were 34,608 UW degrees conferred in 2010-11. Almost one in five was in a science, technology, engineering or math field.

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