Opinion: UWM deserves better

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 14, 2015 UWM deserves better The July 7 op-ed piece by Kurt Bauer, president and CEO of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, sought to explain why Wisconsin has not performed economically as well as Minnesota over the… Read More

JFC Omnibus Motion, May 29, 2015

Download Omnibus Motion  Today the Joint Committee on Finance concluded their deliberations on the UW System components of the 2015-17 biennial budget. JFC passed an omnibus motion that combined all of their actions on the LFB papers. The following table… Read More

UW Daily: May 6, 2015

UW System No hike in revenue estimates forces tough budget decisions, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, May 6 State estimators: No new revenue available for state budget, Wisconsin State Journal, May 6 Bad budget news for Wisconsin: No new money, Associated Press, May… Read More

Chancellor’s Update on Board of Regents and Budget

Tomorrow and Friday, the UW System Board of Regents meets at UW-Waukesha to discuss, among many items, the proposed 2015-17 Wisconsin Biennial Budget. Part of that discussion will include proposed tuition increases at various institutions throughout the UW System for non-resident students, graduate students, and some professional schools at nine UW campuses, starting next year.

UWM Budget Impact Advocacy Facts

Download Word Document Student Success The proposed 2015-17 budget for Wisconsin disinvests in our students. UWM is the State’s second largest public university and is vital to the region. We educate more Wisconsin residents than any institution – 28,000+ students… Read More

UW Daily: Feb. 24 2015

UW System Thomas Pleger: Budget shouldn’t decide UW System’s future, Green Bay Press-Gazette, February 23 Rep. Sargent: Step up to protect our UW family, Capital Times, February 23 Critics: Scott Walker’s redraft of Wisconsin Idea an intentional play to win… Read More

FOX6NOW.com: UWM Effort to Garner Support Rallying Online

UWM effort to garner support in light of proposed budget cuts evolves from rallies on campus to rallying online

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Chancellors within the University of Wisconsin System continue to develop new ways to garner support — as Governor Scott Walker’s two-year budget proposal calls for $300 million in cuts to the UW System. At UW-Milwaukee, the effort involves sharing the school’s story with as many people as possible.

The effort has evolved from rallies on campus to rallying online.

“Our goal right now is to communicate the value of higher education,” UW-Milwaukee Vice Chancellor Tom Luljak said.

On Tuesday, February 10th, one week after Governor Walker unveiled his two-year budget proposal at the Capitol in Madison, Luljak detailed the university’s efforts to share some perspective on the estimated impact of Governor Walker’s proposed cuts to the UW System’s budget.

“Over the last few days, our chancellor has reached out in a message to alumni, faculty, staff, students — to our donors, to people who support us, and has asked them to help tell the story of UWM,” Luljak said.

On Wednesday, a newsletter is set to debut which features stories from those hoping to highlight their experience at UWM — stories which can be shared via Facebook and Twitter with the click of a mouse.

“The new electronic newsletter is not advocacy. It’s not saying, ‘get on the phone and call someone.’ It really is helping people understand what difference a big, research university can make in our own lives,” Luljak said.

Luljak estimates the proposed cuts to the UW System would mean $20 million fewer dollars coming to UWM, and while there are certainly those who support Governor Walker’s proposal, there are also plenty who support this new effort.

“Cutting out unnecessary expenses, unnecessary programs will help in the long run,” Nate Marshall said.

“I think that if it’s gonna get a rise out of any of us, that’s gonna be the way to do it,”

Luljak says university administrators have instructed anyone who is in any way employed by UWM to avoid using any state resources, such as email accounts for any advocacy-related activities.