University of Wisconsin panel calls for tuition change for Minn. students

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: May 9, 2013 - 6:28 PM
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farcicalMay. 9, 13 7:34 PM

I still don't get it - they supposedly want more Wisconsin natives to actually attend Madison - increasing tuition rates for Minn residents would only discourage matriculation of MN natives, not necessarily increase Wis resident matriculation...unless they're banking on UMinn-TC returning the favor. UWisc-Madison needs to work on incentives for Wisconsin resident matriculation rather than trying to provoke a de-facto tariff war with MN.

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jbpaperMay. 9, 13 7:45 PM

I don't have a problem with this as long as the U of M ends the deal we give Wisconsin students.

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medwickMay. 9, 13 8:21 PM

This Star Tribune article, picked up from the AP, is very misleading. Use the link to go to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Article, and you'll see that it's "highly unlikely" that Minnesota reciprocity would ever be dropped.

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gvflorenceMay. 9, 13 9:37 PM

Cancel the St. Croix bridge!!!! Make them drive further down to 94 and over. And raise the Duluth lift bridge! Retaliate!

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elmore1May. 9, 1310:25 PM

I would like to see a college headline "College X Restructures and REDUCES Tuition" that is what is needed. Playing the funding/tuition games just keeps adding costs and crushing debt on students. The bloated and inefficient universities just keep playing games.

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jweb1958May. 10, 13 4:56 AM

Yet another example how the top priority of the higher education system is satisfying the financial desires of their employees; this is all about money - gouge students and parents more. Too bad very few journalists will dig into this corruption of their ideological soulmates in academia.

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jathu001May. 10, 13 5:15 AM

I don't quite understand what is behind this. They don't want Minnesota students to attend UW-Madison? Why not? They actually bring badly needed sanity to the place. My son attended this year as a freshman. The stories of drunken, raucous behavior every "Thursday through Sunday" as he describes it, have been mind-boggling. It's not a myth that UW-Madison is a "party college." It's the absolute truth. I think UW-Madison needs the Minnesota students to maintain some legitimacy to their supposed prestige as a top university. Without the reciprocity agreement it's pretty obvious what will happen. Minnesota students will attend the every bit as great University of Minnesota, where they are making honest efforts to stop the crazy tuition increases. UW-Madison seems to have no concern about this--and they are banking on the idea that the rest of the country will be happy to pay skyrocketing tuition for the kids to party, party, party.

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wa0tdaMay. 10, 13 6:07 AM

A revolution is coming in higher education no matter what. The reality is that college costs more than it should, and the market will force an adjustment. There is a growing realization that jobs for grads are just not there and the ones that are will not pay enough to recoup enormous student loan debt. It may be a better economic choice to attend a local college and incur less debt.

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jathu001May. 10, 13 6:19 AM

Furthermore, they nickel and dime the students for every little thing. Their dorm food service system is one of the most expensive around, charging students on a per item basis rather than a meal plan or comprehensive, annual fee--so the cost is easily double what they publish. The classes are huge with absent and/or unresponsive profs. The scholarship program forces students to declare a major early, and shuts down its applications for new freshmen (for their sophomore year)in early October--just one month into their first year while they are trying to adjust and "too bad if you didn't notice that" because they don't tell you--and finally, at the end of the financial aid application the summary reads something like: "If your estimated need is much greater than what we can offer you, UW-Madison may not be the place for you." Not to mention their "tough luck you're on your own" approach to serving students and helping them succeed. And they want Minnesota students to pay non-resident tuition for all this? Hmmm. Bucky or Goldy? Bucky or Goldy? . . . . Honestly, the only reason UW Madison is considered "top notch" is because only the wealthiest and most well-connected families can afford it. These are the kids who are pretty much predestined to succeed anyway--no matter where they go. I think the panel needs to re-think much more about the direction of UW-Madison, than the Minnesota reciprocity issue.

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TLangevinMay. 10, 13 6:51 AM

What is their concept of the ideal college freshman and what is it about MN kids that disqualifies them? They can do what they want but reciprocity should then end at U of MN.

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