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UW Colleges and UW-Extension chancellor responds to Gov. Walker's 2013-15 biennial budget

University Relations
Feb 21 2013

MADISON, Wis. – UW Colleges and UW-Extension Chancellor Ray Cross applauds Gov. Scott Walker for his proposal to reinvest in the University of Wisconsin System.

The governor’s 2013-15 biennial budget proposal, presented Feb. 20, 2013, at the State Capitol, includes $181 million in new investments in the UW System. This includes $20 million for initiatives to boost economic development and workforce development.

“Specifically, this budget emphasizes the role UW institutions play in job creation, workforce development and economic growth,” said Cross, who oversees the 13 UW Colleges freshman and sophomore colleges in the UW System and UW-Extension’s four divisions: continuing education on all 26 campuses, Cooperative Extension offices in every county, entrepreneurship and economic development statewide networks and the public broadcasting division including Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television.

“I am especially pleased that this budget includes startup funding to launch the UW Flexible Option,” Cross continued, explaining that UW-Extension is leading this initiative to bridge the gap between what adults know today and the degree or certificate they need to advance their careers. This option allows them to start, progress and complete their education on their own schedules. Details are available at

“Investments in UW System deliver powerful returns for taxpayers statewide through education and services for Wisconsin families, communities and businesses,” Cross said.



Teri Venker
(608) 263-5061