- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) - University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross is still making the case for more flexibility despite Republican lawmakers’ opposition.

Gov. Scott Walker’s 2015-17 budget calls for cutting $300 million from the system and decoupling the system from state oversight.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and his fellow Republicans on the Legislature’s finance committee believe the cut is too deep but don’t support more system independence.

Cross told regents at UW-Waukesha on Thursday that autonomy must come with accountability. He says system officials are considering offering lawmakers data tracking graduation and retention rates, the number of students taking remedial math, alumni satisfaction and affordability. He also says autonomy could save up to $20 million by eliminating excessive restrictions.

He also says there’s hope the finance committee will reduce the $300 million cut.

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