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UW-Madison Chancellor Wiley Challenges State to Think About Universitys Future

MADISON Its the Great (Non)Debate: Can the UW-Madison survive as a public university when public dollars make up a declining share of its budget?

Thats the question being posed these days by UW-Madison Chancellor John Wiley, whose believes the universitys role as a catalyst for Wisconsins high-tech, high-growth economy will diminish if state investment in higher education stalls.

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We do have an impact, much bigger than most people realize, Wiley said.

But is that economic engine getting the fuel it needs? From 1973 to 2003, Wiley said, the taxpayer-funded portion of UW-Madisons budget has decreased from 43 percent to 21 percent; tuition increases, private dol......

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Wileys message may not be welcome in the Capitol or the corporate board rooms, but it deserves a fair hearing. The state must build a knowledge-based economy to prosper in the 21st century, and a cornerstone in that base is its public university system. There simply arent enough private dollars and tuition increases to substitute for public investment in higher educati......

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