A group of Republican lawmakers want to make sure the top high school graduates in the state have a seat at the University of Wisconsin’s biggest campus.
State Rep. Jerry O’Connor and others are pitching a plan that would give automatic UW-Madison admission to anyone who graduates in the top five-percent of their class. O’Connor says the idea is to keep the state’s best and brightest within Wisconsin. The university yesterday said it shares the same goal, but didn’t say if the school supports the lawmakers’ plan. Republicans are concerned about Wisconsin kids getting into the University of Wisconsin.
The UW’s own numbers show that less than half of this year’s freshman class is from in-state, the rest are from out of state or from another country.