University of Wisconsin System prepares to increase out-of-state tuition

Also looking for a 2-percent raise for system employees

University of Wisconsin officials are poised to raise out-of-state and graduate tuition again to help offset the impact of Governor Scott Walker’s resident undergraduate tuition freeze.

The Board of Regents is scheduled to vote on a plan Thursday, that would raise out-of-state and graduate tuition by hundreds of dollars at six four-year campuses and all the system’s two-year schools.

The largest increase would come at UW-Madison, which has proposed raising nonresident undergraduate tuition by $2,000 in each of the next two years and raising tuition for some graduate programs by as much as $5,000 annually.

The regents in 2015, approved raising nonresident and graduate tuition at eight four-year campuses and this past spring signed off on raising nonresident and graduate tuition at five schools.

University of Wisconsin System regents are also set to vote on giving system employees a 2-percent raise in each of the next two fiscal years.

System officials told the regents in a memo that other public universities have been steadily increasing compensation at the rate of inflation, or better annually, creating a pay gap with UW workers.

According to the memo, UW-Madison faculty trailed peers salaries by 18-percent in fiscal 2014-15 year, as adjusted for geographic cost of living differences.

The increases would be paid for through the state’s compensation reserve, a pot of money set aside for each state budget to cover unforeseen increases and salary and benefit costs.

The regents are scheduled to vote on the increases at a meeting Thursday. Regent approval would send the proposal on the Legislature’s employment relations committee, which would have the final say on whether the raises would go into effect.

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