Wisconsin is launching an electronic transcript
initiative that will allow high school and college students in the
state to use Docufide, a secure transcript service, for a discount.
The project is being sponsored by a group of higher education organizations,
including the University of Wisconsin System, the Wisconsin Association
of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Wisconsin Technical
College System, the Department of Public Instruction, and Midwestern
Higher Education Compact. So far, 13 schools have asked to be pilot
schools to try the service...
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside has announced
dates for its fall 2009 Experience Days. More targeted than an open house,
each of the four Experience Days focuses on specific majors giving prospective
students the opportunity to question current students and meet with professors
from featured programs...
Despite the worst economic downturn since
the Great Depression, college athletics, especially college football,
remain a very big business in the United States, and the program
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of the biggest revenue
generators among some very affluent programs...
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin
- Madison have developed a synthetic protein that could prevent human
immunodeficiency virus, or HIV...
The University of Wisconsin - Madison
is trying to make it easier for students to volunteer. UW-Madison
Morgridge Center civic engagement coordinator Anne Whisner wants
to make it easier for students to give back to the community without
...One downtown landlord is on a mission
to educate his tenants about the new rules. Before University of
Wisconsin-Madison student Josh Moss finishes unpacking a few essentials
and settles into his new home away from home on Garfield Street in
Madison's downtown, he's getting a lesson in safety. Moss and thousands
of student tenants are getting fire and personal safety tips from
flyers that are being distributed...
A bill in the state Legislature would
require UW-Madison to establish a program called "career conversations" that
would introduce middle and high school students to high-tech jobs.
The bill doesn't set aside any money for the project, but the university's
Center on Education and Work has much of the infrastructure in place
to conduct a pilot program, said Sen. Julie Lassa, D-Stevens Point...The
program would allow students in grades 7 through 12 to engage in
Webcam conversations with individuals who have careers in math, science,
agricultural education, technology education, and information technology.
The conversations would be recorded for future viewing...
Francis S. Collins took the leadership
of the National Institutes of Health on Monday,
telling the NIH staff his biggest fear centers on the possibility of
a renewed decline in federal support for scientific research...
A large part of the much-ballyhooed decline
in the international standing of American higher education can be attributed
to the fact that other countries have finally gotten more serious about
pursuing excellence in and expanding access to their postsecondary
systems -- which is not exactly a sign of U.S. failure. But a paper
published this week by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds
one measure of U.S. research prowess that is actually dipping -- and
attributes that decline to a larger issue that has gotten significant
attention of late: the growing disadvantage of public universities
against their private counterparts...
Shaky state financial support for public
research universities threatens American higher education's global
standing, says a new working paper from the National Bureau of
Economic Research that examines trends in scientific publications.
Since the 1980s, the growth of scientific research, as measured
by scholarly papers and citations, in Europe and East Asia has
outpaced that of American universities, in part because countries
in those regions have dedicated significant resources to higher
education...But James D. Adams, a professor of economics at Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute, points to another culprit. In the
paper, "Is the U.S. Losing Its Preeminence in Higher Education?," Mr.
Adams documents a slowdown in scientific publications by American
researchers in the 1990s, following a long period of significant
A report of major delays in government
processing of enhanced veterans' educational benefits -- a report denied
by the Department of Veterans Affairs -- is alarming some campus officials
because they believe the report may reflect
very real problems...
For most teens starting college this fall,
rap music has always been mainstream, Mike Tyson has always been a
felon, and wars have always unfolded on TV in real time. Incoming freshmen
never used a card catalog, never knew a world without the Cartoon Network,
and never had to wait for the evening news to find out that evening's
news. Those are some of the 75 cultural landmarks on the Beloit College
Mindset List. The 12th annual compilation, which offers a glimpse of
the world through the eyes of each incoming class, was released Tuesday by
this private school of 1,350 in southern Wisconsin...
The 18-year-olds entering college this fall
have lived their entire lives with Iraq as an enemy, Russia as a friend
(and investment opportunity) and Ozzy Osbourne as a perpetual comeback
kid. Born in 1991, most freshmen have grown up in a world that has
always had mega-churches, chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, Planet
Hollywood and the Cartoon Network. These cultural touchstones, part
of the annual Beloit College Mindset List, aim to remind adults that
the incoming crop of freshmen brings to classrooms a very different
frame of reference than their parents'...
Extreme binge-drinking may be
putting college students at significant risk of accidents and injuries,
a new study suggests. Researchers found that among more than 2,000
college students with drinking problems, those who admitted to "extreme" drinking
-- eight or more drinks in day for men, five or more for women -- were
more likely than their peers to have suffered a recent alcohol-related
A federal judge on Monday tossed
out a lawsuit filed by two white applicants to the University of Texas
at Austin who said they were rejected because of admissions policies
that unfairly favored members of minority groups. Judge Sam Sparks
of the U.S. District Court here ruled that the university's admissions
policies were narrowly tailored, especially as they relate to race,
and were thus constitutional...