Inside Higher Ed
July 29th, 2015
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is not a particularly wealthy school.
So when the writing on the wall made it clear that the regional
campus, which educates 10,700 students, would have about a quarter of
its state funds cut this year, Eau Claire administrators had already
planned a course of action to trim the fat: significant administrative
reductions, preferably as far away from the academic enterprise as
Yet dealing with a 13.5 percent reduction in operating funds requires
massive change, and it turns out that it’s very difficult to keep the
impact of such a loss entirely off the radar of students.
The funding cuts were part of a controversial and sweeping two-year, $250 million pruning
of Wisconsin’s university system by Governor Scott Walker and fellow
state Republicans, and were passed alongside the continuation of an
existing tuition freeze.