The UW System Board of Regents approved Thursday a proposal to realign the UW Colleges with UW System four-year universities.
Under the plan, UW-Marinette, UW-Manitowoc and UW-Sheboygan will join UW-Green Bay in July 2018. Also, UW-Fox Valley and UW-Fond du Lac will be aligned with UW-Oshkosh. The reorganization plan was proposed in October and is being touted as a way to expand educational opportunities while preserving the UW College’s low cost options and links to regional employers.
“With today’s Board of Regents decision to restructure the University of Wisconsin System campuses, we enter an exciting and historic time for us, for Northeast Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin System,” Andrew Leavitt, chancellor of UW-Oshkosh, said in a statement. “In many ways, today’s board action represents the planting of a seed as we grow a new and stronger institution. We are combining the talent and transformative power of UW-Fond du Lac, UW-Fox Valley and UW Oshkosh to better support our region and state and, most importantly, to better support our students.
UW-Green Bay Chancellor Gary L. Miller struck a similar chord after the UW Regents approved the plan.
“We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to join with our colleagues in Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan to create a dynamic, innovative multi-campus university on the move,” Miller said in a statement. “We share a common set of values and aspirations for this region. We are committed to access to higher education, student success, economic development and the commonwealth good. All of us at UW-Green Bay look forward to learning more about our partners on these great campuses and in these important Wisconsin communities.”
With the Regents’ approval, focus now turns to planning and integration, including campus visits and meetings with members of each County’s Board of Supervisors, College Foundation Leaders and municipal leaders in each community to begin the transition process. Public town halls will also likely be held in the future.