Wisconsin, along with Minnesota and Michigan, was among the leaders of the Midwest in the emerging American state university movement after the Civil War in the United States.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the state spoke out for the "Wisconsin Idea," which emphasized service to the people of the state. The "Wisconsin Idea" illustrated the
progressive movement in the colleges and universities of that time.
Today, public post-secondary education in Wisconsin includes both the 26-campus Wisconsin University System,
with the flagship University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the 16-campus Wisconsin Technical College System