Letters: Thoughts on the New Badger Partnership

“The financial model for public research universities is broken,” and the UW and Wisconsin should “rewrite their relationship,” claims [Chancellor] Biddy Martin [“Bipartisan Partners,” Spring 2011]. I could not agree more.

However … [p]ublic universities across the country have forgotten their primary mandate is to provide quality and affordable education to the residents of their states.

The UW does not need more money from students, but rather a state directive to reduce the cost of an undergraduate education.

Jon Debling PhD’97

Saline, Michigan

Published in the Summer 2011 issue

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