MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker's top aide is defending the governor's proposal to allow the University of Wisconsin-Madison to break off from the rest of the university system.

Department of Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch was at a meeting Tuesday of the Legislature's budget writing committee why the governor didn't give the other four-year campuses the same authority.

Huebsch says the governor considered that possibility, but determined the other campuses weren't as prepared as Madison for the change.

Huebsch says Madison can serve as an example that the other campuses can learn from.

Last week chancellors of the 13 other campuses asked lawmakers to support a plan that would give their campuses more autonomy but would keep the Madison campus under the UW System umbrella.