UW System leader calls for academic cuts, layoffs, online advances to survive in post-pandemic world

Devi Shastri:

President Ray Cross, declaring that immediate action is crucial to the survival of the System, will call for consolidating academic programs, streamlining business operations and scaling up online degree programs across the state.

The proposal requires all campuses except for UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee, to complete a review of academic offerings by the end of 2020, opening the way for program cuts, staff reductions and new investment to “provide greater institutional distinctiveness and identity.”

It also requires campuses to more rapidly centralize administrative functions  — like IT and human resources — and calls for the creation of a uniform online learning model that can serve working adults and traditional undergraduates.