UW-La Crosse Growth and Access Agenda

Frequently Asked Questions – and Useful Answers

1)        Why does UW-L seek to implement the Growth and Access Agenda?

The top priority of our Growth and Access Agenda is to increase UW-L’s enrollment by 1,000 students over the next six to eight years without undercutting academic quality. Because our current student-to-faculty ratio (a key measure of quality) is approaching 24/1, we plan to gradually hire additional faculty as we increase enrollment in order to protect the quality of the academic experience we provide to our students. Approximately, $7.9 million (53%) of the revenues raised by our Growth and Access Agenda will be dedicated to funding the salaries and benefits of approximately 105 new faculty. At present we are engaged in a planning process to identify programs with the greatest staffing needs and growth potential, so that we will be ready to recruit faculty possessing the disciplinary expertise that will best meet future student demands.

2)        What other goals does the UW-L Growth and Access Agenda seek to accomplish?

We also seek to provide access to greater numbers of financially needy students and attain a student body that more closely reflects the diversity found in the state of Wisconsin. To do this, we’ll provide increased financial aid to students from what the U.S. Census Bureau calls the “two lowest economic quintiles.” According to the Bureau’s latest data (2004), these students are members of families that earn incomes below $47,000. (When our plan is implemented we’ll adjust this figure for the inflation that has occurred since 2004.) Approximately $3.8 million (25%) of the revenues raised by our Growth and Access Agenda will be dedicated to financial aid for these low-income students.

3)        How will UW-L grow enrollment and continue to provide excellent support to all student?

Growing our enrollment by 1,000 students will require hiring additional support staff, as well as increasing budgets associated with services and supplies for both academic and extracurricular activities. In particular, if we are to recruit and retain more financially needy and diverse students we will need to hire additional recruiters, advisors and support personnel for these populations. While we continue to determine where staffing needs will be greatest, in order to better serve all UW-L students we know we will need to hire additional staff in our admissions, financial aid, academic advising, career counseling and student life areas. We anticipate using approximately $3.3 million (22%) of the revenues raised by our Growth and Access Agenda to increase our staff by approximately 34 positions and augment operating budgets for appropriate areas.

4)        How much Growth and Access Agenda funding will UW-L devote to enhancing diversity?

While attaining a student body that more closely reflects the diversity found in our state is a key priority of our Growth and Access Agenda, it is not possible to specify exactly how much of the $15 million our plan will raise will be specifically dedicated to this effort. Nonetheless, we are certain that a significant amount of funding (as described above) will be dedicated to financial aid and recruiting/retention services for low-income and diverse students.

5)        Does UW-L’s Growth and Access Agenda require any additional funding from Wisconsin taxpayers?                                                   

Our “Growth and Access Agenda” is a pilot program that relies entirely on student tuition, rather than taxpayer dollars, to promote a better educated Wisconsin citizenry. By increasing tuition $220 a semester for three years (2008-2011) we’ll raise approximately $15 million in new revenues to attain the goals of our initiative. And once we have completed this adjustment our tuition will remain below the level charged at UW-Madison and more closely resemble the national average for comprehensive public institutions like UW-La Crosse.





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