UWGB campus in Marinette to end in-person instruction

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Marinette campus will cease in-person instruction at the end of the spring semester, the fourth two-year school in the Universities of Wisconsin system to drop face-to-face classes in the face of financial hardships.

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Chancellor Michael Alexander announced Friday that the university’s branch campus in Marinette will cease in-person instruction beginning with the fall semester, WLUK-TV reported. The school will continue to offer online instruction.

The Marinette campus is one of three two-year branch schools that UWGB runs. The others are in Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Only 213 students enrolled at the Marinette campus for the 2023-24 academic year, about half of the enrollment at each of the other two-year campuses. Of the 213 students at Marinette, 109 are high school students taking college credits. Only 99 students are undergraduates.

Years of declining enrollment across the Universities of Wisconsin system coupled with a lack of state aid has left 10 of the system’s 13 four-year campuses facing a combined $18 million deficit by this summer. UWGB is facing a $2.2 million shortfall.

Three other two-year campuses have ended in-person instruction since the beginning of 2023, including UW-Milwaukee’s Washington County campus, UW-Oshkosh’s Fond du Lac campus and UW-Platteville’s Richland campus. UW-Milwaukee also has put the $1.4 million home that serves as the chancellor’s residence up for sale.


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