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Departing Chancellor concerned over future of higher ed

The chancellor at UW-Superior says the future of publicly-funded higher education is in deep trouble. In announcing his retirement this week, Chancellor Julius Erlenbach says state budget cuts to ease massive deficits means the UW's focus is chan...

The chancellor at UW-Superior says the future of publicly-funded higher education is in deep trouble. In announcing his retirement this week, Chancellor Julius Erlenbach says state budget cuts to ease massive deficits means the UW's focus is changing.

Chancellor Erlenbach says it isn't the $161-million cut in this budget or other cuts in past budgets. Erlenbach says it's the long-term trend that disturbs him. He says public higher education is in "deep trouble" because the states are simply not in the position to provide the kind of support and resources that are necessary to really have it aggressively move forward.

But Erlenbach says there's an upside. The UW's "Growth Agenda" focuses on recruiting and retaining more students, leading to more college graduates. That will mean more people with higher paying jobs and increasing the state and local tax base in Wisconsin. He says that could lead the state into a much more desirable revenue flow.

Erlenbach is stepping down August first after 14 years as Chancellor at UW-Superior.

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