UW - Milwaukee planning to absorb UW - Waukesha and UW - Washington County

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The University of Wisconsin System is planning to merge two University of Wisconsin campuses. If the plan is approved, the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee would absorb both UW - Waukesha and UW - Washington County. 

The UW System restructuring plan still needs to be approved by the UW Board of Regents. If approved, the reconstruction would go into effect on July 1, 2018.

UWM Chancellor Mark Mone announced in an email to students and faculty Thursday that he is working with the UW System President and the UW Colleges and Extension Chancellor on specific details to the plan.

UW System President Raymond Cross said that this decision was motivated by the uphill battle that the UW system is facing when it comes to enrollment and financial challenges. 

Cross said in an email, "Demographic trends indicate that current enrollment challenges are not likely to significantly improve in coming years." 

Chancellor Mone recently announced in his 2017 Fall Plenary address that the UWM campus is expecting a 2.4% decline in enrollments due to prior year enrollments. 

Cross remains hopeful that the reconstruction will improve student success. "This plan will improve access to higher education with a continued focus on affordability for students and families, as well as access to extension programs for local communities," said Cross. 

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