The university’s reach is not just civic—it is financial as well. In fact, the Wisconsin Idea even began in part as a way to ensure that the knowledge from state universities would be a way to for citizens to exercise power in their economy. UW-Madison is credited with generating an estimated $15 billion in statewide economic activity in 2015 and many of its programs are considered vital in producing the next generation of the state’s doctors, engineers and scientists.
Badger Advocates Mission Statement
Badger Advocates, Inc., is a section 501(c)4 advocacy organization. It was created independently from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and its supporting organizations. It exists to advocate in the interests of improving and expanding support for the campus in the state of Wisconsin and among elected officials.
Badger Advocates Board members, supporters, and stakeholders recognize the importance of UW-Madison to our state and our nation and they are committed to ensuring that it has the resources necessary to be successful in fulfilling its mission. Badger Advocates will amplify the voices that support UW-Madison to positively influence elected, appointed, corporate and community leaders, and other citizens of the state.
University of Wisconsin Madison
By the Numbers
Producing Peace Corps volunteers
Top College Sports Towns
Top producer of Fortune 500 CEOs
Number of doctorates granted
Patents among U.S. universities
Best College Values among public universities
America’s Best Colleges among public universities
(U.S. News & World Report, 2015)
Best Public Colleges
Washington Monthly College Ranking
Academic Ranking of World Universities
(Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2015)
In the News
It has been a challenging year for Wisconsin’s top research university, and the ability of the university to keep pace with the nation’s elite research institutions has been affected as the University of Wisconsin-Madison saw its ranking for research activity drop from fourth to sixth.