WPR, WPT will become part of UW-Madison under system reorganization


Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television will become part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison this summer, members of the UW System Board of Regents decided Tuesday. It represents a backpedal from an earlier vote that put the news operations in President Ray Cross’ office. > Cap Times

Free UW tuition for modest-income families, and possible grants for out-of-state students who stay in Wisconsin


UW-Madison has pledged to provide incoming freshmen with four years’ free tuition if they come from families making $56,000 or less. (AP News)  Meanwhile, the state legislature is considering a bill to offer grants to out-of-state UW students if they live and work in Wisconsin for at least two years after graduation. (Wisconsin Public Radio)

Faculty condemn UW System president for excluding them from restructure talks


A group of 80 UW-Madison faculty members railed against UW System President Ray Cross following a WPR report that he consulted with a Republican lawmaker about his plan to restructure the system before talking to employees, including top administrators. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Sen. Mark Miller: Keep our public broadcasting insulated from politics

In its major restructuring of the UW System, the Board of Regents plans to move WPR and WPT out of UW Extension and into President Ray Cross’ office. State Sen. Mark Miller (D-Monona) says that should not happen. > Isthmus

Performance metrics, teaching load plans approved by UW regents


The UW System Board of Regents has approved a formula for divvying up a chunk of new state aid according to schools’ performances. State public schools Superintendent Tony Evers cast the only dissenting vote, saying such an approach to funding doesn’t work. > Eau Claire Leader-Telegram