- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The University of Wisconsin-Madison has spent at least $8 million since last summer to keep top faculty members following the Legislature’s cuts to higher education.

UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank is telling the Board of Regents that retaining key professors will take a continuing investment as other universities try to lure them away. Blank told regents meeting Thursday in Madison that the university is an investment for Wisconsin, not just a budget expense - and it will need more funding to remain a top public research institution.

The State Journal (https://bit.ly/1NTYXa3 ) says Blank cited 48 retention cases in the current fiscal year. She says the $8 million helped keep 41 professors at Madison.

The current state budget cut funding for the UW System by $250 million over two years and stripped tenure policies from state law.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, https://www.madison.com/wsj


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