Category Archives: Business and Education

Apply Wisconsin Idea to UW Finances

The flap in Madison over the appropriate level of reserves for the UW System tees up an opportunity for a broader look at the financing of what may be the state’s finest asset. First, an observation: if the auditors had found deficits or… Read more

Prosperity agenda for new chancellor

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Rebecca Blank, the new chancellor of the University of Wisconsin—Madison, has her work cut out for her if she is to position her taxpayer-built institution as a prime mover for the state’s prosperity. There is a growing concern that part of the… Read more

How about engineer or economist for chancellor?

As Wisconsin struggles to find its way forward from a four-decade pattern of economic slippage compared to other states, the choice of a new chancellor for UW-Madison looms large. It is beyond debate that flagship universities play a pivotal… Read more

Who will replace Professor Cluster?

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When Don Nichols and I worked on white papers for the Wisconsin Economic Summits of 2000 to 2003, we used to kid back and forth. I labeled the head of UW – Madison’s economics department “Professor Cluster.” And he labeled me “General… Read more

Chancellor cooks recipe for transformation

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UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mike Lovell has cooked up a recipe that he predicts will transform the “innovation ecosystem” and economy of southeast Wisconsin. He puts his emerging research university at the center of the action, since he sees a… Read more

Earth moves on dream for biomedical center

The dream of an Innovation Campus in the heart of the biomedical cluster in the Milwaukee region is no longer a dream. Ground is breaking on the first building for the University of Milwaukee’s bold move to connect more closely to the Medical… Read more

Skills gap in key clusters holds back economy

A dozen years ago leading economists introduced the concept of business clusters to the world of economic development as a better way to think about how the economy works. Now, a follow-on concept – skills clusters – has been over-laid on… Read more

Business voice in UW-Madison chancellor selection?

The “diverse committee” to select the next chancellor of UW-Madison needs a business voice. The state’s flagship campus is smack-dab in the middle of the Wisconsin strategy to reinvent its economy. It is not only involved in the supply side of… Read more

Pioneering school districts avoid layoffs

Turn a bit of a deaf ear to the woes of Wisconsin school districts that are terminating staff because of budget constraints and applaud those who have led the way on mining gold from real health care reforms. Most of the districts that are… Read more

401(k) education now mandatory

An updated study on 401(k) retirement plan returns shows even more convincingly than ever that one-on-one financial counseling sessions dramatically improve results. A five-year analysis conducted by Aon and Financial Engines of 425,000 401(k)… Read more