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Madison Initiative for Undergraduates. Improving the quality of undergraduate education and the undergraduate experience while remaining affordable. Goals. Total Institutional Need-Based Aid For Undergraduates (millions of dollars). Example Projects.

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Madison initiative for undergraduates

Madison Initiative for Undergraduates

Improving the quality of undergraduate education and the undergraduate experience while remaining affordable


Total Institutional Need-Based Aid For

Undergraduates (millions of dollars)

Example Projects

  • Preserve affordability of a UW-Madison education

  • Generate faculty and instructional support to offer the courses, majors and experiences students need.

  • Expand best practices and innovation in teaching and learning, curricular design, and student services in order to enhance undergraduate student learning and their educational experience

At A Glance


Campus welcomes new transfer students

University Health Services initiates mental health case-management program

Recruiting the best

Cows, up close and personal

New GreenHouse for sustainability nurtures community

Enhanced services for students considering health careers

Language program opens professional doors, boosts job prospects for students

New advising system keys student success, progress


projects funded


students received grants to offset additional tuition charges, based on family income


students enrolled in 45

First-year Interest Groups, an increase of 50% over Fall 2009


$13M in MIU funds awarded in Rounds 1 & 2

Tuition differential assessed to undergraduates will make available approximately $10M in 2009-10, $20M in 2nd year, $30M in 3rd year, $40M in 4th year and thereafter

Funds allocated go directly into base 101 budgets


new faculty positions added

Academic and Career Advising

11 new faculty hired and already teaching

Academic and student support

Greatest Success

Faculty hiring for course expansion, access to majors, improved educational experience

High Impact Practices, Educational Innovation Projects

Engaging the entire campus on projects that improve undergraduate experience


$5.1 million in need-based financial aid added as a result of MIU in 2009-10

Key to Success:

Half of funds are used for need-based aid pool

Half of funds are allocated through a bottoms up, creative “call for proposals” process

  • Clear Goals

  • Clear criteria for review and impact

  • Ongoing impact accountability

Future Focus

  • $3.8 Million to allocate for round 3

  • In the process of allocating budgets for round 3

  • Yearly Accountability to assess and assure campus impact

A Student Board appointed by ASM and the MIU Oversight Committee review proposals and make recommendations to the chancellor on funding decisions

ContactsAaron Brower -

Mo Bischof, Eden Inoway-Ronnie, Jocelyn Milner, Sheila Voss