UWS to cost more after budget cutsMADISON - It will cost $11,821 for fulltime resident freshmen to attend, live in a dorm and eat at University of Wisconsin-Superior for the next academic year beginning this fall – a 6.1 percent or a $678 increase over last year – after UW System Regents approved budget resolutions Thursday.
By: By Kevin Murphy/For the Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
MADISON - It will cost $11,821 for fulltime resident freshmen to attend, live in a dorm and eat at University of Wisconsin-Superior for the next academic year beginning this fall – a 6.1 percent or a $678 increase over last year – after UW System Regents approved budget resolutions Thursday.
On average, UW System total costs will increase $684, or 5.8 percent, as fees for dorms and meals and tuition will be higher than amounts charged by the UWS.
UWS resident activity fees will go up $97 to $1,165, the second-highest amount in the UW System, as the fourth annual $80 fee increase is implemented to fund construction of the new student union.
The Regents reacted to the 2009-11 state budget recently signed by Gov. Jim Doyle, which took more than $100 million from the UW System’s budget, imposed a 1 percent across-the-board cut on state nonpublic safety agencies, rescinded a 2 percent salary increase for 2009 and puts state employees on eight day- furlough in each of the next two years.
Speaking to Regents Thursday, UW System President Kevin Reilly said the “fiscal shockwave,” the UW System will face this year will mean students will have larger class sizes, less contact with professors and fewer visits with academic counselors.
However, a “hold harmless” provision of financial aid packages for students with family incomes of less than $60,000 annually will offset tuition fee increase to last year’s levels, O’Reilly said.
A 5.5 percent overall increase in tuition is the same as last year and the year before, Reilly said.
UWS is expecting a $1.9 million decrease in state support in the next two years, said campus spokesman Al Miller.
“We’re striving to keep our core services, instruction and student support services, and we’ll protect those assets by shifting staff to where they’re most needed … holding open positions for as long as we can, reducing overhead costs and trimming employee travel and meal expense,” Miller said Wednesday.
Women’s golf will be an early budget casualty as the varsity sport will be suspended for the next two years.
“This is part of what we have to do to maintain our department’s financial goals,” Athletic Director Steve Nelson said in a release issued Wednesday.
Women’s golf was selected for the cut because it would affect the fewest participants, said Nelson. Typically, five to seven student athletes compete in the intercollegiate sport. UWS doesn’t have a men’s golf team.
UWS will continue to offer seven intercollegiate sports for women: basketball, cross country, ice hockey, soccer, softball, track and field, and volleyball. The university offers six sports for men: baseball, basketball, cross country, hockey, soccer, and track and field.
Enrollment isn’t expected to decrease in the coming school year, said Miller. About 2,800 students are expected to enroll this fall.
“Our numbers are looking good. We’re adding sections in entry level courses in business and communication courses, accounting, economics, statistics, computer information systems … to accommodate student interest we’ve seen in those areas,” he said.