Growth, Quality and Access (GQ&A) Initiative

In order to maintain its record of excellence and provide access for more students, the University of Wisconsin La Crosse (UW-L) received UW Regent’s approval to implement an undergraduate differential tuition that simultaneously grew undergraduate enrollments and resulted in hiring additional faculty and staff. Consequently, the initiative speaks to GROWTH (more graduates), QUALITY (decreased student-faculty ratios) and ACCESS (a larger number of students now attend UW-L). New students started paying the slightly higher tuition beginning in the 2008-2009 academic year resulting in a final total annual differential tuition of $1,000 per student. UW-L’s tuition remains lower than both UW Madison and UW Milwaukee and comparable to peer institutions across the upper Midwest. UW-L will request reauthorization for the initiative in January 2013.

As of Spring 2012, 115 new faculty and 20 new staff positions have been added to UW-L due to GQ&A and the undergraduate student population has grown from 7,973 (FTE) in 2006 to 8,798 for the 2011-2012 year. More impressively, the academic profile for incoming freshmen continues to rank first amongst the UW System Comprehensives.

UW-L reports data associated with GQ&A to UW System via the yearly accountability reports and the Joint Planning and Budget Committee developed indices and benchmarks for monitoring the progress of G,Q and A.