Wisconsin Idea Database project reports UW–Madison’s statewide impact 

A UW–Madison news article regarding the Wisconsin Idea Database project details the ways in which the university benefits the state through career preparation, economic development, innovative partnerships, and workforce development. The project builds on a 2021 economic impact report that showed UW–Madison, UW–affiliated organizations, and UW–related startups contribute $30.8 billion to the Wisconsin economy each year.  

One highlight of the reports centers on the university’s provision of access to higher education. In the 2022–23 academic year, UW–Madison awarded around $69 million in financial aid to Wisconsin resident undergraduates, and nearly 20% of all state undergrads receive aid fully covering tuition and fees through Bucky’s Tuition Promise or the Badger Promise. 

Other highlights include UW–Madison’s provision of on-the-job training to medical, nursing, and pharmacy students, the university’s professional development opportunities and support of Wisconsin businesses, and its advancement of the state’s world-class dairy and cheese-making reputation.  

The project also details hundreds of collaborations between UW–Madison and Wisconsin communities through programs like UniverCity Year, in which students and faculty partner with state counties and local governments to help solve real-world problems.