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Rep. Nass rejects plan to allow more out-of-state freshman attend UW


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The head of the Wisconsin Assembly’s colleges committee strongly objects to a plan to let more out-of-state freshmen attend UW schools.

Whitewater Republican Steve Nass said the change could potentially make it harder for Wisconsin students to be admitted to the state’s flagship campus at Madison.

The Board of Regents will consider a plan this week to let up to 30% of new students come from out-of-state, as determined by a three-year average.

The current limit is 25% and it’s been that way ever since the 1970’s when the UW and the old Wisconsin State University system merged.

Nass’s office discovered the proposed change when the Regents issued their public agendas for tomorrow’s-and-Friday’s meetings. He complained that the UW said nothing to lawmakers about it – and he saw it as sign of what the Legislature can expect from the University during its next two-year session.

In a letter to the Regents, Nass said, quote, “I wasn’t given the courtesy of a briefing until (this) morning.” He said he asked Madison Interim Chancellor David Ward to delay the matter until there’s more public discussion – and he said Ward quote, “refused that request.”