Core Strategies

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As illustrated at right, the UW System is advancing a plan with two “core goals” – increasing the number of Wisconsin residents who have a college degree, and   leveraging the UW’s research capacity to grow more well-paying jobs.

More Graduates (educational attainment)

This plan includes specific, measurable goals that will move Wisconsin (and the nation) closer to the number of college-educated workers found inbest-performing nations such as Canada (55%), Japan (54%), and Korea (53%).

At some UW institutions, increasing the number of graduates will entail a renewed focus on graduation rates. Other campuses may look to expanded enrollment, or a combination of retention and enrollment. Some will focus on traditional audiences and delivery methods, while others will turn to distance education and returning adult students. There is no “one-size-fits-all” solution. Rather, institutions will adopt tailored strategies to address local needs and leverage existing strengths.

Better Jobs

New strategies will also build upon the recommendations provided by the UW System’s “Research to Jobs” task force. These efforts will preserve UW-Madison’s national and global leadership as a research institution and identify new ways to expand UW-Milwaukee’s research capabilities. The plan will also accelerate R&D support at the UW System’s 11 regional comprehensive universities. In each case, expanded research and development activities will be designed to enrich, not diminish, undergraduate education.

Competitive University Workforce

Diverse, vibrant, and high quality faculty and staff are essential to the success of UW System’s Growth Agenda. New strategies must focus on engaging outside experts in a thorough, objective analysis of compensation and benefits, and solutions that will enable and empower the UW System to address specific shortcomings. Salaries of faculty and staff at UW institutions must be measured against market data, including institutions with which we compete for talent.


As the diagram above illustrates, to provide a quality education to more students, engage in more research, and sustain a competitive university workforce, the UW System needs not only continued state support, but also new administrative and managerial flexibility – the freedom to innovate and embrace best business practices.