Online education focus proposed for UW-Richland Center campus

UW-Platteville Richland students walk to classes and other activities in the spring 2022 semester. The spring 2023 semester will be the last for students enrolled in degree programs.

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is proposing its smallest campus focus on online education starting next school year while the county that owns the campus buildings is considering other ideas, including legal action against the UW System.

Debate about the future of UW-Platteville Richland is heating up as the campus’ 59 degree-seeking students return to classes next week. UW System President Jay Rothman announced just before Thanksgiving that the spring 2023 semester will be the campus’ last for in-person degree programs. He said low enrollment and financial pressure led him to make the difficult decision.

Some in Richland County have opposed UW System’s plans, with community members and local leaders blaming UW-Platteville for mismanaging the campus since it assumed oversight in 2018. They believe their campus can be saved with more money to adequately support recruitment and enrollment efforts.

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