Regent Mark Bradley mingles with students
By Kelsey Hoff
Mark Bradley is one of 18 regents in the University of Wisconsin system. He received his law degree from UW-Madison, and is now a liaison between campuses and the state government. Thursday, April 5, he ended his day of meetings at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside with members of Parkside Student Government, their advisor, and Chancellor Deborah Ford.
"Every regent looks forward most to meeting the students," explained Bradley.
The goal of the meeting was to get a feel for UW-Parkside's climate and opinions on key issues from informed students. He started the dialogue by asking "Do students feel safe on campus?" and "What do I need to know about UW-Parkside?"
Representatives from the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the LGBTQ Resource Center answered that students feel safe and free to be themselves on campus without fear.
The next topic was tuition.
"Tuition is a very strange thing in the state of Wisconsin," said Bradley.
He said he gathered from the students that debt loads are not unbearable, but students do not want to see a tuition hike.
Student Kurt Stadler raised the point that teacher workloads are causing stress that transfers to the students, and Pearl Outland asserted that she would not mind a small tuition increase if it meant rewarding the professors.
Bradley then proceeded to explain the problem of allocating state funds.He closed by saying state government constantly tells regents and chancellors to run their campuses "like a business," and the regents and chancellors steadily push back by saying "give us flexibility so we can do so."