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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 60, Number 13 (May 1959)

Berge, John
Keeping in touch with Wisconsin,   pp. [5]-[6]


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T UITION BOOSTS of $10 and $25.
     per semester were recommended by
 the joint finance committee of the leg-
 islature at its April 7 session. Resident
 tuition will be increased from $100 to
 $110 a semester and non-resident tuition
 from $275 to $300. These recommenda-
 tions have not yet been acted upon by
 the Board of Regents.
   Tuition fees have been going up for
 the last decade. Two years ago, resident
 fees were increased from $90 to the cur-
 rent rate of $100. Wisconsin's resident
 fees are lower than most universities in
 this area but non-resident fees continue
 to be comparatively high.
   Over the years, resident tuition fees at
 Wisconsin have averaged about 20 per
 cent of total education cost for a student.
 The increases just approved are designed
 to maintain this 20 per cent level.
   Recent reports from the capital indi-
 cate that the Legislature may go along
 with Governor Nelson's reduced budget
 for the University for 1959-1960. This
 budget has been approved by the joint
 finance committee of the legislature.
   'Governor Nelson recommended a
budget of $23,577,658 for the Univer-
sity for the coming year-a cuniof
$3,456,494. The University requested
$27,034,152 for 1959-60.
   His biggest cut, unfortunately, was in
faculty salaries. The University requested
$3,170,072 for salaries. Governor Nel-
son countered with two recommenda-
tions. First, he suggested that $849,842
be included in the budget to provide
4 per cent salary increases. Secondly, he
proposed a separate salary adjustment
measure which would add another 4 per
cent to both faculty and civil service
employes. This would give the faculty
$662,274 in addition to the $849,842
included in his budget, or a total of
$1,512,816. This is $1,657,256 less than
the University requested. Furthermore,
this second 4 per cent increase must be
voted by the legislature as a separate
appropriation measure. Without this fa-
vorable action by the legislature, faculty
salaries would be limited to the 4 per
cent included in the Governor's budget.
   The salary increases requested by the
 University are important in maintaining
 Wisconsin's leadership among American
 universities. Wisconsin now is in the top
 ten because we have a top flight faculty.
 Faculty salaries must be increased if Wis-
 consin is to stay in the top ten. Wiscon-
 sin cannot afford to go on a reducing
 diet when other Universities are comb-
 ing the country for professors and offer-
 ing higher salaries than now are being
 paid in our University. Here is how Wis-
 consin ranks in the Big Ten on this sal-
 ary question:
 Professors ------------Sixth
   Associate Professors ---- Eighth
   Assistant Professors -.-- Eighth
   Instructors -----------Eighth
   Ordinarily, Wisconsin budgets are
worked out on a two-year basis. Gover-
nor Nelson, however, has pointed out
that his figures for the second year of
the 1959-61 biennium are token figures.
Consequently, the figures used here re-.
late to the -University's requests and the
Governor's recommendations for the first
year of the biennium, 1959-60.
  In addition to the salary reductions
outlined above, the Governor's recomw-
mendations also induded the reduc-
tions listed in the table below.-JOHN
BERGE, Executive Director.


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