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Editorial: Taking the initiative

From the Badger Herald: At a meeting with student leaders Tuesday, University of Wisconsin Chancellor Biddy Martin took the first 6 1/2 months of her term spent fact-finding and listening and turned it into a bold proposal to increase funding to attract tenured faculty, need-based financial aid and student services — calling it the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates.

We believe this decision is a necessary and dynamic step for UW and one that, even in the face of a harsh recession, will lead to a much-needed boost in the quality and accessibility of our university. These two goals are not mutually exclusive, and it is refreshing to see Martin put a plan into effect that recognizes our flagship institution must make retain its world-class status while also making the university affordable for working- and middle-class students. Read the full editorial.

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