Cost-Cutting Hurts U Of Wisconsin System's Quality, Administrators Say

Monday, February 13, 2012

Cost-cutting at Wisconsin's public universities may soon cut into the quality of education provided, university administrators warned Thursday.

A cap on enrollment may have to be considered if cuts go deeper and quality can't be maintained, several administrators told the University of Wisconsin System's Board of Regents during a meeting on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

"How do we avoid where you take so much pride in reducing, and being more cost-efficient and cheaper, to the point where someone says, 'Boy, if you're that cheap, you're probably not very good?' " Regent Jose Vasquez of Wauwatosa said. "You get to a point and then it starts to work against you."

That's a philosophical question, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chancellor Michael Lovell said.

"I'm not sure what else I can do to cut the cost without degrading the quality," Lovell said.

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