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Chancellor Gow weighs in on UW campus merger proposal

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La Crosse, WI (WXOW) -

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse does not anticipate affiliating with any two-year colleges in a proposal raised by UW System President Ray Cross.

Two-year schools saw a 32-percent drop in enrollment over the last seven years. Cross created a proposal that would keep two-year schools open, making them regional branches of the four-year schools.

UW president wants to merge four-year, two-year campuses

Gow says UW-La Crosse might see a change in the number of transfer students if the proposal is adopted.

"We will encourage students to transfer here from two-year campuses. Obviously, I know they'll take a good look at the schools that they're affiliated with, but there are things that we offer here at UWL that other campuses might not," Gow said. "I don't think this is going to make a huge difference for us."

He supports the proposal, believing that it is in the best interest of students in the UW System.

"I think it's a good thing for students in the state, because now they'll have more options to get a four-year degree, and that's always a good development," Gow said.

The proposal will go the Board of Regents for approval. Gow believes the board will look favorably on the merge.

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