Wisconsin's public colleges and universities aren't making the grade as tuition rises at three times the rate of inflation and student loan debt soars, according to a sobering state-by-state "Leaders & Laggards" report card issued Tuesday in Washington.
Whether schools are adequately preparing students for the job market - and are being held accountable for student success by elected officials and the public - are key questions raised by the third edition of the "Leaders & Laggards" series report card by the Institute for a Competitive Workforce, an affiliate of the politically conservative U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The Journal Sentinel used the national report card to develop a grade-point average for higher education performance in each state. Giving four points for an A, three points for a B, etc., Wisconsin fin ished in a tie for 30th among the 50 states.
Compared with other states with Big Ten Conference schools, Wisconsin tied for second-lowest grade-point average (1.64) in the newspaper's analysis. Only Nebraska was lower at 1.55.