Engineering building, reciprocity changes receive final approval

An artist’s rendering of the new UW College of Engineering building.

An artist’s rendering of the new College of Engineering building.

Gov. Tony Evers today, Wednesday, March 6, signed into law a series of bipartisan bills that include state funding for a new College of Engineering building, much-needed campus infrastructure projects, and changes to the Wisconsin-Minnesota reciprocity agreement allowing Universities of Wisconsin campuses to retain the full amount of tuition paid by Minnesota students.

The legislation marks the latest phase of an agreement struck in December between Universities of Wisconsin leadership and legislative leaders.

Taken together, the legislation represents a significant capital investment in higher education in Wisconsin and the future of the state’s economy, says University of Wisconsin–Madison Chancellor Jennifer L. Mnookin.

“We are grateful to the legislature and governor for their support of UW–Madison’s priorities, in particular a new building for our College of Engineering, which will help us respond to Wisconsin’s critical workforce needs,” Mnookin says. “I also appreciate the overwhelming bipartisan support, a recognition of the need for investment in higher education and the significant contributions we make to the state through our mission of educating the next generation of leaders and innovating for the public good.

“I look forward to continued cooperation with the governor, legislative leaders, the Board of Regents and Universities of Wisconsin leadership as we look toward supporting our students, our research enterprise and our campus infrastructure in future budgets,” she added.

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