Category Archives: UW and Economic Growth

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

President Baerwald, Please think collaboratively on community college.

Bonnie Baerwald, president of Moraine Park Technical College (MPTC), dropped a surprise bombshell on the developing consensus among leaders in Washington County that a consolidation of the county’s two two-year colleges makes pragmatic sense. Baerwald (pictured left) listed “facts” about … Read the rest

R&D spending, startup funding surge in Wisconsin

I made a mistake in a recent column on our university system, and I’m glad I was wrong. In one bullet point, I reported that research and development dollars had fallen off at our state’s research powerhouse, the University of … Read the rest

First step by Cross on UWS reorganization

Falling enrollments at the 13 UW Colleges and mission confusion at UW Extension propelled UW President Ray Cross to embark on a reorganization of those two cornerstones of the UW System (UWS). He did the reorganization along regional lines. That’s … Read the rest

Cross, regents could take the offensive

Ray Cross, UW System President

At a time when the University of Wisconsin System (UWS) is faced with declining enrollments, declining state support, frozen tuition, climbing student debt, a brain drain of its graduates to other states, faculty votes of no confidence in leadership on … Read the rest

Brain drain, UW fiscal strain interconnect


The state’s brain drain and the fiscal crunch at UW System are inter-connected. But the financial clamp on the University of Wisconsin System could be an opportunity for positive change –- if the state’s political and educational leaders keep the … Read the rest

Let’s not dabble with future of UW, tech colleges


The University of Wisconsin – Washington County is 3.6 miles, or a 5-minue drive, from the large West Bend campus of Moraine Park Technical College. The two campuses have been collaborating as never before, but have very different missions. Other … Read the rest

Citizens want fresh vision for Wisconsin education

As the University of Wisconsin System grapples with significant cuts in the emerging Republican budget for 2015-2017, including a round of voluntary and involuntary staff reductions at all 26 UW campuses, how should the state’s citizens respond and how would … Read the rest

Walker on right track with rewrite of Wisconsin Idea


In fairness to Gov. Scott Walker and his staff, who were roasted for daring to tamper with “The Wisconsin Idea,” there is solid precedent and reason to update the mission of the University of Wisconsin System. The governor’s critics, who … Read the rest

UWM rising fast, but anxious about cuts


The mood in the JCI conference room was both celebratory and anxious as Juhong Chen and five others were recognized with bronze plaques describing their new patents. He and his fellow innovators were honored last week by the University of … Read the rest