UW–Madison’s Hillman says Gov. Evers’ proposed budget for UW includes evidence-based, ‘smart’ recommendations

The Capital Times utilized the expertise of UW–Madison’s Nicholas Hillman for an article reporting on Gov. Tony Evers’ proposed $190 million in new investments to the UW System over the 2021-2023 biennium, which he announced during his budget address on Feb. 16.

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Hillman is an associate professor in the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and serves as the director of the Student Success Through Applied Research (SSTAR) lab.

Hillman said he was pleasantly surprised by the proposed increase.

“Finally Wisconsin’s like other states investing and putting money into appropriations. It made me feel like part of the club,” he said.

Speaking about a proposed $39 million expansion of UW–Madison’s “Bucky’s Tuition Promise” program to all 13 UW System campuses, Hillman noted how programs like this can simplify the process of applying for financial aid for students.

“The things I saw in the budget seemed to be evidence-based, just smart recommendations,” Hillman said. “It seems to be an efficient use of money to give and target money to low-income students. You get more bang for your buck that way. The politics of this will certainly get in the way, but from my read of it, this did not come across as a political document.”

Read the full article at madison.com, here.