April 12, 2019 – Washington Co., WI – A letter was sent to faculty and staff at UWM at Washington County on Friday morning, April 12, from Stephen E. Schmid, Ph.D.
Interim Dean College of General Studies at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee announcing the conference athletic programs would be cut at the University in Washington County in 2020-2021.[…]The move to sunset competitive conference athletics at the end of the 2019-20 academic year is driven by several factors. Declining enrollments have resulted in declining segregated fee revenues, leaving less funding for non-athletics student life activities and personnel. For this academic year, athletics segregated fee budgets account for approximately 50 percent of all collected segregated fee revenues at Washington County and more than 30 percent at Waukesha. Second, with the end of the UW Colleges, the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference will be unfunded and effectively terminated next year. Continuing support for this conference will incur additional costs to both campuses. Finally, you may know that our coaches have often struggled in many sports to recruit enough students to form a team. On average over the past three years, Washington County has had 60 student athletes per year, and Waukesha 68, with some sports not running this past year due to lack of interest.