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About the Madison Initiative

Update January 30, 2015

MIU was approved in April 2009 by the Board of Regents and was initiated in Fall 2009. The annual MIU investment of $40M, derived from a supplemental tuition charge, was divided equally between funding for instructional support and student services and funding for need-based financial aid.

Proposals were reviewed by both an Associated Students of Madison-appointed Student Board and the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates Oversight Committee, composed of students, faculty, staff and administrators.

In all, 54 specific projects were funded in three rounds of competitive allocation.

The educational experience has improved through academic advising and through expanded learning opportunities, both in the classroom and outside of the classroom. The project-based format allowed the funds to target specific areas, addressing the most pressing educational needs. In many cases, this occurred by bolstering the base budgets of academic departments and student support units, particularly in high-demand fields.

MIU has supported tremendous enhancements in UW-Madison’s ability to provide need-based financial aid. The initiative created a positive effect on low-income students from Wisconsin by providing more institutional grants to more students. Between 2009-2014, more than $90M in MIU-funded institutional grants have been distributed to students.

Since Fall 2008, the percent of financial need met by institutional grant aid increased from 15% to 21%. MIU has offset a decline in the share of state gift aid, federal gift aid, and need met by subsidized loans.

These changes have contributed to a range of gains in outcomes. Key indicators of student progress to degree all show improvement: students are making timely progress to degree, graduating at higher rates, and 9 in 10 graduates have participated in high-impact activities that are characteristic of the Wisconsin Experience.

Campus leaders have lauded MIU for helping the university achieve administrative flexibility in key areas, including:

The MIU investment has been a foundation for future innovation and improvement through Educational Innovation, which will continue to fashion the high-quality undergraduate experience envisioned for every student’s Wisconsin Experience.

In 2013, then-Provost Paul DeLuca said that the effort clearly shows the benefits that can be realized when the campus achieves administrative flexibility in key areas, including tuition.

“We are enriching the undergraduate experience, removing the barriers to an affordable university education, and preserving the value of the degree,” said DeLuca.

Archived news about MIU

Fourth year of MIU brings stability, success

Jan 27, 2014

Madison Initiative for Undergraduates: A UW Success Story

Expanding the Global Classroom

Dec 10, 2013

Grants help students learn at the cutting edge of international agriculture

Nov 14, 2013

New living, learning community to welcome biology students

Apr 24, 2013

New office supports the academic advisors who support students

Mar 21, 2013

Early-career faculty improving undergraduate education

Feb 19, 2013

Demand grows for Economics major

Feb 13, 2013

Class explores worldwide picture for AIDS, HIV

Nov 29, 2012

Third year’s a charm for Madison Initiative for Undergraduates

Oct 9, 2012

FIGs program to receive regents’ teaching excellence award

Aug 21, 2012

Student orientation launches with a renewed focus

Jun 5, 2012

Residential community helps science-minded college women succeed

Mar 20, 2012

Student services enhance College Library

Feb 28, 2012

WisCEL: New learning center to open

Feb 23, 2012

Transfer Transition Program: Providing innovative ways to serve transfer students

Jan 24, 2012

Singer named campus advising director

Dec 21, 2011

University Housing to launch Creative Arts and Design Community

Nov 4, 2011

MIU awards 15 new undergraduate academic and career advisers

Sep 27, 2011

MIU tackles campus advising issues

May 2, 2011

MIU final round awards announced

Apr 12, 2011

Campus welcomes new transfer students

Jan 19, 2011

University Health Services initiates mental health case-management program

Jan 6, 2011

Recruiting the best

Dec 2, 2010

Cows, up close and personal

MIU featured as ‘Madison Minute’

Nov 22, 2010

New GreenHouse for sustainability nurtures community

Nov 15, 2010

Enhanced services for students considering health careers

Oct 7, 2010

Results and rewards for MIU-funded projects

Oct 6, 2010

MIU Round 3 guidelines finalized

Sep 13, 2010

Reports for Round 1 Projects

Sep 3, 2010

Language program opens professional doors, boosts job prospects for students

New advising system keys student success, progress

Sep 2, 2010

Draft Round 3 guidelines now available

Jun 25, 2010

Chancellor announces final second-round awards

May 3, 2010

Chancellor announces second round of Madison Initiative awards

Mar 24, 2010

All MIU meetings open to the public, media

Feb 2, 2010

Madison Initiative accepts 114 second-round proposals

Dec 1, 2009

MIU open discussion scheduled for Nov. 16

Nov 11, 2009

Chancellor announces first Madison Initiative awards

Nov 6, 2009

October 1 MIU Proposals Ready for Review

Oct 15, 2009

ASM hosting Madison Initiative forum

Sep 25, 2009

Martin discusses MIU with Daily Cardinal

Sep 23, 2009

Wisconsin Week: Proposals sought for MIU funds

Sep 10, 2009

Madison Initiative Proposal Guidelines

Sep 4, 2009

Madison Initiative Request for Proposals

Madison Initiative Oversight Committee Roster

Chancellor Martin statement on the passage of the Madison Initiative

May 8, 2009

Regents approve 4-year UW-Madison tuition hike

UW-Madison chancellor’s tuition initiative poised for regents’ approval

Madison Initiative passes initial hurdle

May 7, 2009

Martin to propose new initiative to UW System Board of Regents

The Board of Regents’ Madison Initiative for Undergraduates proposal

May 6, 2009

Martin hosts Madison Initiative discussion dinner

May 4, 2009

University Bookstore to donate $25,000

May 1, 2009

Editorial: Keep UW-Madison strong with tuition boost, additional financial aid

Apr 27, 2009

Editorial: Initiative deserves support

Student Council votes to endorse tuition hikes

Apr 23, 2009

ASM endorses Martin’s new tuition initiative

Biddy Martin statement on ASM endorsement of Madison Initiative

Apr 22, 2009

Alumni group gives OK to Martin’s initiative

Martin provides update on tuition hike

Apr 20, 2009

Ryan: Biddy’s plan to improve advising

Apr 17, 2009

Paulson: Biddy’s initiative helps grads too

Apr 16, 2009

Colleges Ask Donors to Help Meet Demand for Aid

Apr 15, 2009

Lubar: Madison Initiative gets it right

Martin advances Madison Initiative

Apr 14, 2009

John & Tashia Morgridge: Martin’s plan worthy of your support

Apr 13, 2009

UW tuition initiative good investment for all students

Apr 10, 2009

ASM passes partial endorsement of chancellor’s new initiative

Apr 9, 2009

ASM partially supports chancellor’s tuition hike

Sandefur: Tuition increase worth it

Apr 7, 2009

Feeling the pain on campus

Apr 6, 2009

Editorial: Itty Biddy More

Apr 2, 2009

Editorial: Tuition increase a necessity

Apr 1, 2009

In the news: New Strategy at Wisconsin

Staff to hold office hours to answer questions

Mar 31, 2009

Editorial: Taking the initiative

Mar 27, 2009

Press release: Madison Initiative for Undergraduates promises quality, affordability

Mar 25, 2009

Campus forums set

Mar 24, 2009