University of Wisconsin-Madison could admit more out-of-state and international students in upcoming years if the UW Board of Regents approves a proposal at its meetings Thursday and Friday, when the Regents are also scheduled to cast the deciding vote on the Human Resources redesign project.
The Regents are proposing to increase UW system enrollment of nonresident students, not including Minnesota residents, from 25 percent to 30 percent, noting in its agenda that UW-Madison is the only university in the Big 10 to cap the amount of out-of-state and international students it admits.
Although the university would enroll more non-resident students, it would still plan to enroll 3,500 in-state students, which is 200 more in-state students than its traditional admission goal, according to the Regents’ meeting agenda.
The UW system would use extra revenue generated from increased out-of-state student tuition “to build on its national and international reputation for educational excellence,” according to the agenda.
The Regents also plan to cast a final vote on the proposed HR redesign plan, which aims to improve university employee recruitment and retainment in response to the recent decline in state financial support.
“We are committed to the Wisconsin Idea, which is to develop and create knowledge that enriches the state, the nation and the world,” Director of Human Resources and Project Leader Robert Lavigna said in a September interview. “In order to do that we have to have the best talent and we have to have the flexibility to attract and hire the best talent.”
Additionally, the Regents will vote on a proposal to increase the UW-Madison Chancellor’s salary range, which could exceed $500,000 if passed, to meet competitive market ranges and attract an adequate candidate to fill the position upon Chancellor David Ward’s departure.
The current salary range maximum is $452,109, and could increase to $522,500.