Impact of UW research, teaching on state’s economy cannot be overstated

Impact of UW research, teaching on state’s economy cannot be overstated

As we collectively sift through priorities for the Wisconsin state budget currently being put together, certainly the University of Wisconsin deserves thoughtful consideration.

We received further justification for that over the last couple of weeks.

First came the news that UW-Madison ranked No. 1 among large schools on the Peace Corps’ 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list.

UW has long been a leader in producing Peace Corps volunteers and we’re proud of that.

Next, however, came the annual U.S. News rankings of the nation’s best graduate schools and here the UW really shined. Thirteen UW-Madison programs made the rankings, including the law school, medical school and business MBA program, and the school of education, which was ranked third in the nation.

These honors are wonderful. The good work done by UW grads is even better. And the impact of UW research and teaching on the state’s economy cannot be overstated. But it all requires resources and investment. Let’s not put UW’s best at unnecessary risk.

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