Lawmakers to Study Merger of Two-year UW Campuses and Tech Colleges

Some state lawmakers are reviving an idea to merge the University of Wisconsin System’s 13 two-year colleges with the state’s 16 technical college districts. A handful of Assembly Republican lawmakers began considering the proposal to reshape higher education in Wisconsin earlier this week. The goal would be to cut duplication and save taxpayer money.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the idea to merge the systems was initiated by lawmakers but no legislation has been drafted yet. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) told the newspaper that Rep. Dave Murphy (R-Greenville) came to him and proposed taking a closer look at ways to find efficiencies and coordinate services to better serve students.

The potential for such a merger has been broached over the years but has not been publicly studied.