Audit committee approves new UW surplus policy

University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
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MADISON (AP) – The Legislature’s audit committee has unanimously approved the University of Wisconsin System’s new policy for reporting surpluses.

Entrance to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus (file photo)
Entrance to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus (file photo)

The committee voted Thursday, with lawmakers praising the work of new UW President Ray Cross to better report the status of reserves and other funds throughout the university system.

The state budget required the regents to write a policy governing how much cash campuses can have on hand after word broke last year that campuses finished fiscal year 2012 with huge surpluses.

The regents’ plan calls for campuses to finish each fiscal year with cash on hand totaling at least 10 percent of annual expenditures. The campuses would need regent approval to finish with more than 15 percent.

The plan prohibits campuses from using the 10 percent target as justification for raising tuition.

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