Category Archives: Business and Education

Leave tech college tax base alone

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Following the general wisdom that says, “Leave well enough alone,” let’s not mess with the basic structure that supports the Wisconsin Technical College System (WCTS). Gov. Walker and the Republican legislature have opened the subject by… Read more

Return to ‘Wisconsin Idea’ in New Year

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In the aftermath of one of the most polarized periods in Wisconsin history, wouldn’t it be reassuring if the political agenda for Wisconsin in 2014 centered on “The Wisconsin Idea,” a return to deliberative governance? The “Idea” means… Read more

UWM could become E-University

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The accelerated pace of startup activity in the M7 region provides a golden opportunity for the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee to rebrand itself as an E – University –E for Entrepreneur. Unlike UW Madison, a major player in an academic… Read more

Next UW prez should be seasoned executive

University of Wisconsin System President Kevin Reilly (AP File Photo/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Mike De Sisti) The search for a replacement for Kevin Reilly as UW System president gives the board of regents a chance to take a hard look at where… Read more

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