Category Archives: Business and Education

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 role … Read the rest

Who will replace Professor Cluster?

don nichols

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 … Read the rest

Chancellor cooks recipe for transformation


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 shift in … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

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 … Read the rest

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) participants concluded that those seeking help … Read the rest

UW-Madison expands statewide impact via WARF

The expansion of the mission of WARF could harness a powerful jet engine to the economy of Wisconsin. At a time when political, academic and business leaders are desperate for ways to revitalize and reinvent the U.S. economy, the Wisconsin … Read the rest

University can’t duck health cost reform

The new task force looking at ways to restructure the University of Wisconsin System will be looking at many issues, but it will be unable to avoid the funding crisis caused by the state’s unimaginative management of its soaring costs … Read the rest