January 29, 2015 - 8:35pm
UW-La Crosse custodian Paul Lacoste cleans a vent on campus. He's one of the thousands of back-office staff within the UW-System. Photo: Maureen McCollum/WPR.
UW System President Ray Cross recently laid out a number of proposals for the university, included an analysis of “back-office” operations. It's a call for reform that has left UW staff workers — including payroll employees, IT technicians and maintenance workers — worried about their future.
January 29, 2015 - 6:40pm
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State Sen. Paul Farrow said the legislature may look into switching standardized tests in the future for elementary and junior high school students.
January 29, 2015 - 6:05pm
University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross said he's not sure how the UW can avoid layoffs if Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget becomes law. Cross told Wisconsin Public Radio Thursday morning that UW leaders would work with legislators and the governor to try to reduce the $300 million...
January 29, 2015 - 2:30pm
Ray Cross, left, talked about Walker's budget cuts on Wisconsin Public Radio Thursday morning. Photo: Ray Cross (CC-BY-NC).
University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross said he's frustrated with Gov. Scott Walker's suggestion that faculty could work more and teach more classes to offset budget cuts.
January 29, 2015 - 11:15am
UW System President Ray Cross sent out a memo regarding new moratoriums on Wednesday. Photo: Ray Cross (CC-BY-NC).
Ray Cross, president of the University of Wisconsin System, has ordered a moratorium on hiring for non-essential state-funded positions, out-of-state travel, raises and promotions after Gov. Scott Walker revealed a plan to cut $300 million from the System's budget.
January 29, 2015 - 8:30am
Photo: Maureen McCollumn/WPR
The University of Wisconsin System has come under increased scrutiny from the state Legislature in recent years, with some lawmakers questioning the need for certain programs and research. To address some of that criticism, UW System President Ray Cross said he wants to take a closer look at what's going on inside and out of the classrooms.
January 28, 2015 - 4:35pm
Many rural school districts have been calling an increase in state aid. Photo: Alexei & Verne Stakhavnov (CC-BY-NC-SA).
Gov. Scott Walker said his next budget will include special funding for rural school districts and an economic development fund for rural areas.
January 28, 2015 - 3:55pm
Gov. Scott Walker said on Wednesday that with the autonomy the University of Wisconsin System could get under his state budget proposal, university officials could offset major cuts by asking professors to begin teaching more classes and working more.
January 28, 2015 - 10:35am
Public school administrators have lined up in support of a school accountability bill authored by Republicans in the Wisconsin state Senate.
January 27, 2015 - 9:35pm
A 30,000 square-foot expansion of UWL's Rec Center will include more courts for intramural sports and expanded work out facilities. Photo: Maureen McCollum/WPR.
Each campus in the University of Wisconsin System is unique in the way it spends money on student activities and building projects. But in order to deal with continuing state budget cuts and high education costs, UW System officials are taking a hard look at both.