ERIC Number: ED217809
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Nov-30
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing for a Decade of Enrollment Decline: A Report from the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System to State Government and the People of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin State Univ. System, Madison.
The implications of declining enrollments for the University of Wisconsin (UW) system are addressed. The Wisconsin State Legislature mandated that the Board of Regents report by November 30, 1979, on its plans to deal with the prospect of a significant decline in University of Wisconsin enrollments in the 1980s. Basic assumptions are as follows: (1) enrollment of degree-credit students will decline sharply between 1983 and 1993; (2) enrollment-related funding supplied by state government to the UW system will decline in constant dollar terms during the period of enrollment decline; (3) enrollment and fiscal decline will require hard choices made in timely ways; and (4) analysis and recommendations should address both enrollment decline and enrollment-related fiscal decline facing the system and its institutions in the next 13 years. The Regents have conducted a review of the missions of the 13 universities and the Center System. Recommendations regarding the UW-Superior and the UW Center system, their current situation and projected changes in enrollment and fiscal allocations, are reviewed. Based on the review, it is concluded that: effective and efficient management tools for addressing and resolving most of the academic and institutional problems associated with enrollment decline (program reductions, mission changes, and fiscal constraints) are already in place in the UW system, are working, and should be continued. Special planning and allocation mechanisms that are recommended include: a 6-year planning cycle for all institutions and system administration and a special planning requirement regarding institutional review. Instructional personnel policies and enrollment-related funding are also addressed. (SW)
Descriptors: College Planning, College Role, Declining Enrollment, Enrollment Trends, Financial Problems, Financial Support, Government School Relationship, Higher Education, Institutional Evaluation, Long Range Planning, Personnel Policy, Public Policy, Resource Allocation, Retrenchment, State Aid, State Colleges
Wisconsin State University System, 142 E. Gilman, Madison, WI 53703.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Univ. System, Madison.