Category Archives: University of Wisconsin System

Are community colleges a good answer?

More than two dozen leaders in Washington County showed up last week to show their support for West Bend’s two-year liberal arts campus. Despite grievous enrollment declines, there was unanimity that some way forward must be found for the satellite … Read the rest

Two-year UW colleges in big trouble

Something has gone terribly wrong with the consolidation of the former UW College System and its 13 campuses into the comprehensive UW 4-6 year degree colleges. These were thriving community colleges 10-20 years ago with more than 12,000 students. At … Read the rest

Will Rothman clean up UW conglomerate?

Jay Rothman may be just the right choice to deal with UW Madison that has become a conglomerate. The newly selected UW System president spent his career at Foley and Lardner, the state’s largest law firm, where he dealt with … Read the rest

Rothman Task: Re-balance UW System

It is crystal clear that the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents had the Wisconsin Idea in mind when its 17 members unanimously chose Jay Rothman as the next present of the UW System. The historic Wisconsin Idea holds that … Read the rest

New UW President Must Be Change Agent

The search committee for a new University of Wisconsin System (UWS) president has surfaced two candidates who look to have the chops necessary for leading the university through some turbulent times in the next five to ten years. Jay Rothman, … Read the rest

Tommy would add depth to the 2022 campaign

Within a few months, UW regents president Edmund Manydeeds will accept the resignation of Tommy Thompson as interim UW president. “Tommy,” as he was known during his four terms as Wisconsin governor, stepped into a vacuum when a UW Regents’ … Read the rest

A Roth Challenge: rethinking education bottom to top

As Sen. Roger Roth pursues reorganization of the University of Wisconsin System, he has a chance to put Wisconsin in the vanguard for getting every invaluable child off to a successful life and career. The temptation over the next decade … Read the rest

Thompson Right on Need for UW Commission

The Grand Old Man of the Wisconsin Grand Old Party in Wisconsin, Tommy Thompson, never lacks for ideas to move the state forward. But maybe because he is a short-timer as interim UW System president, his good ideas don’t automatically … Read the rest