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U of Wisconsin’s consolidation critics fear cuts to its regional colleges

Nationwide, public systems’ finances will be stressed as they brace for an anticipated downturn in state support and other hits to their budgets as a result of the pandemic.

The University of Wisconsin System is not immune to these factors. And so system President Ray Cross, citing declining state investments and already-stunted tuition revenue, released a blueprint for the system last week that entails the academic cuts. Cross told local news media that layoffs are “inevitable,” but didn’t specify their scope or how many programs would be scaled back.

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