A national education leader says the proposed mergers of the two and four year U-W campuses shows that the system “can’t do everything they would like.” Terry Hartle of the American Council on Education tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Wednesday’s proposal from U-W president Ray Cross shows that Wisconsin will not have as “robust a system of higher education as it has in the past.” Cross says big enrollment declines are why he wants the two year colleges to become branches of the four year U-W schools in their regions. Cross also cited the need for a “more seamless” structure to make it easier for students to transfer to the bigger schools after two years at a college — although they would have not have to transfer to the local schools in their clusters. The Board of Regents will act on the plan next month, which would be the U-W’s first major overhaul since it merged with the old Wisconsin State University system in 1971.