Event Recap


Forum Friday: The Future of the UW System

By Jeffrey Schmidt

The Future of the UW System

Virtual event | December 8, 2023

On Friday, December 8, our popular virtual event series, Forum Friday, focused on the challenges facing the UW System and impacts on the state’s workforce needs.

We began the program an overview of our research on Wisconsin’s public university system, which is grappling with declining enrollment, stagnant state funding, and clashes with lawmakers.

Then our Forum Friday guests discussed the system’s challenges and what they mean for the state’s workforce. Those difficulties have triggered staff cuts, and the closure or end of in-person instruction at several branch campuses at a time when many employers are struggling to find workers.

Our Forum Friday guests were:


Jay Rothman
University of Wisconsin System

Lisa Johnson
BioForward Wisconsin

Tricia Rathermel
President and CEO

Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corp.

During Forum Fridays, we discuss a timely research topic and invite notable guests and Forum members to join the conversation. We hope this can be another way to keep you informed and connected on our state’s most pressing public policy issues. Stay tuned for more Forum Friday events in the near future!

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