Knowing that student enrollments will decline significantly over the next 10-20 years, Roger Roth went sideways on the matter.
No closings. Nope. "Regionalization" is the solution. Yup. And tuition increases are back!!
...Roth's headlining recommendation was to consolidate the 12 UW universities — and their branch campuses — into four geographic groups, while retaining their individual identities.
The system would save money, Roth suggests, through streamlining administrative operations and services (such as IT, human resources and procurement), consolidating and integrating budgeting functions and "standardizing and regionalizing" educational programs within each region....
That's supposed to save 15% in costs.
Naturally, Tommy Thompson objected to Roth's idea--except for the "tuition increases" part.
This is what passes for 'conservatism' in the Modern Pubbie Party. Makes you want to join right up, no?