Category Archives: Business and Education

4th UW college folds, despite obvious solution

And then there were nine. Of the original 13 UW two-year colleges that have been around for a half century or more, nine are still operating despite sharp enrollment declines. But four have bitten the dust, or are about to. … Read the rest

Tommy will be more than ‘interim’ at UW

What can we expect from Tommy Thompson as the interim president of the University of Wisconsin System? First off, the term “interim” implies a year or so. But it doesn’t seem accurate in describing Thompson’s appointment. He’s there for a … Read the rest

Support for survival management at UWM

If ever there were a time for the big hitters in the Milwaukee area to rally behind UW – Milwaukee and the other UW campuses in Southeastern Wisconsin this is it. ...… Read the rest

Cross exit opens door for UW transformation

Ray Cross is retiring after tough five years at the helm of the sprawling University of Wisconsin System (UWS). He had to contend with major challenges that were working against happy times in the president’s office, including: • Declining numbers … Read the rest

Purdue ‘moves’ — a Wisconsin strategic model?

In his “Annual Open Letter to the People of Purdue,” President Mitch Daniels paints a very challenging marketplace for Midwestern colleges and universities and the resulting need for strategic innovation. It’s a remarkable piece of communication, the kind of high-level … Read the rest

UWM deserves fair shake in campus investment

It qualifies as big news that UW – Madison has won approval from the UW Regents and state government for $220 million in capital projects, including $123 million for a chemistry building renovation and addition. The building dates to 1964 … Read the rest

Piecemeal reorganization of UWS marches on

Piece by piece, without an overall strategic plan, forced by financial constraints, the University of Wisconsin System (UWS) is undergoing reorganization. The latest major departure from long-established UWS structure is the decision by UW – Stevens Point to focus on … Read the rest

Bucky Tuition Promise: small step in right direction

Becky Blank and John and Tashia Morgridge have opened the doors wide to applicants from low- and medium-income families who want to go to college at UW – Madison. The Morgridges, who grew up in Wauwatosa, met at UW – … Read the rest

Re: Foxconn: Too Many Gophers at UW — Madison

The time has come for Wisconsin political leaders to address the state’s brain drain, and they can start by renegotiating the student reciprocity agreement with Minnesota. The trip wire for the necessity to deal head-on with the loss of 10,000 … Read the rest

Loose UWO transfers, tighter UWS controls

You can look at the mishandling of funds at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh (UWO) as a blot on the accounting controls of the University of Wisconsin System (UWS), or you can applaud the efforts of former UWO Chancellor … Read the rest