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Board of Regents visit UW-L

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW)- The states colleges and universities are not immune from the impact of the struggling economy and the state budget deficit. The State Board of Regents met at UW-La Crosse today to discuss the challenges.

This visit marks the first time in eight ears that the Regents have visited the La Crosse campus.

Chancellor Gow says it's an opportunity for the Regents to see all that Uw-L has to offer. It's also an opportunity for the administration, faculty and students to discuss any concerns they might have. The state budget situation remains on everyone's mind.

Challenges include managing tuition costs and expenses while still preserving the quality of higher education.

The President of the University of Wisconsin System has asked that small changes be made to help tighten spending. For example, the Chancellor's approval is now needed for things like out-of-state travel.

"The state of Wisconsin like many of our states 45 others, I think, now have significant budget deficits due to the national economic downturn so when that happens the state, the state's public higher education system feels some of that as every other state agencies and so do people generally do in their pocket books, " says Kevin Reilly, President of the University of Wisconsin system.

The Regents meet about eight times a year. Tomorrow, students will have the chance to talk with the board members.

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