The two-year campus’ enrollment is currently just 60 degree-seeking students. The last state campus that was closed down was UW-Medford Center in 1981 when it had less than 100 students.

Rothman in an email to interim Chancellor Tammy Evetovich said she would have until Jan. 15 at the latest to make a plan to transfer the campus’ in-person degree programs to either the main UW-Platteville campus or Baraboo campus and a plan to convert Richland campus education into online programs. He asked for the plan to consider offering enrichment programs, online reskilling and upskilling courses for adults and online degree completion courses.

Rothman said despite the university’s efforts to maintain enrollment, numbers had continued to decline. The amount of full-time equivalent fall enrollments at the campus has decreased over the past ten years, except for increases in 2017 and 2018, from 224 full-time equivalent enrollments in 2018 to 60 this year.

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