MADISON, Wis. (WBAY) - At a time of declining enrollment, the president of the UW System is proposing a plan to merge UW Colleges and UW-Extensions with four-year schools.
The restructuring proposal calls for integrating the college and extension campuses into the four-year institutions by July 1, 2018.
The proposal would offer general education and upper-level courses at the UW branches across the state. That means they would not close the local campuses.
“We want to leverage the strength of our four-year institutions at a time when overall enrollments at UW Colleges are declining. Our goal is to expand access and provide more educational opportunities for more students, while ensuring our faculty are appropriately organized and supported. We are committed to making the transition as smooth as possible for students, faculty, and staff," said UW System President Ray Cross.
There are 13 two-year UW College campuses in Wisconsin.
UW-Manitowoc, UW-Marinette, and UW-Sheboygan would integrate with UW-Green Bay.
UW-Fond du Lac and UW-Fox Valley would integrate with UW-Oshkosh.
Extensions would be integrated with UW-Madison and UW System Administration.
The proposal will go before the Board of Regents in November.
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