Colleges Are Contributing Less, Not More, to Economic Development

Academic institutions around the United States are wooing legislators with claims that they can help their states' economies. In Wisconsin, politicians have heard those claims and believed them. After years of mediocre economic development in the state, the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents and the governor's office organized statewide meetings to consider ways of improving the economy.

As a 27-year veteran of the system, I am delighted that the governor and other state leaders