UW Regents show what matter most

It costs a Wisconsin student $26,443 a year to attend UW Madison.

The school says 87 percent of students will graduate within six years.

That's a total price tag of $158,658.

For that you can buy this house in Madison, or this house in Mukwonago.

Or you could pay about a third of UW Madison Vice Chancellor Sarah Mangelsdorf's $432,917 salary. The tuition bill would pay about half of UW Madison Vice Chancellor Raymond Taffora's $311,083 salary. Same for the $340,000 salary that UW pays Vice Chancellor Marsha Mailick.

Mangelsdorf, Taffora, and Mailick all could get big raises this year. UW Regents last week approved pay hikes that could hit 27%.

Why? Regents didn't say. In fact they didn't talk about the pay raises at all.

No one said if any of the top administrators earned their raise. No one said if anyone made the UW system 27% better or is anyone made a degree 27% more valuable.

The problem is not paycheck jealousy. No. The problem is that the pay raises show what is important to the the folks who run the UW system. And it's not the students.

Listen to "UW system shows what is important" on Spreaker.

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