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February 2, 2012

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"Unlike Obama, colleges just can't print more money," Editorial, Leader-Telegram, Jan. 30.

You'd think the president of the United States would have enough economic experts around him to understand the basics of taxes and spending...What does the president expect college administrators to do? Rob a bank?You don't have to connect too many dots to understand why college tuition is rising faster than inflation, resulting in higher student debt...

On Campus

"Chris Rickert: Big donors don't make a big impact on tuition at UW-Madison," Column, Wisconsin State Journal, Feb. 2.

...Darrell Bazzell, university vice chancellor for administration, said there's a common misunderstanding among the public about where money for the university comes from and what it can be used for. In general, money to pay for academics comes from tuition and state aid, while money to pay for big flashy buildings and coaches' salaries comes from rich donors who have specified that it be used for big flashy buildings and coaches' salaries...

"Snyder: 'The Rita' makes her grand entrance to Kenosha society," Kenosha News, Feb. 1.

Lookin' good, Rita! I know we just met, and you're new in town, but let me be the first to say you certainly know how to make an entrance. I'm referring, of course, to the gleaming new Rita Tallent Picken Regional Center for Arts and Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside -- known affectionately on campus as The Rita...

"UW-Eau Claire drafting new tobacco policy in light of contradiction," Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, Feb. 2.

A row of silver boxes hangs on the wall outside Hibbard Hall at UW-Eau Claire, each emblazoned with a picture of a cigarette and the words, "Smokers' Station"...Just a few inches above most of the cigarette butt receptacles hang black-and-white signs, each bearing an icon of a cigarette crossed through by a red line accompanied by the words, "No Smoking in this Area"...

"Lauren Mobley: UW-L came together after Drake Hall fire," Letter, La Crosse Tribune, Feb. 2.

I'm writing to express my disappointment with the article in Tuesday's Tribune about the Drake Hall fire at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The article missed an opportunity to describe how a campus came together to help its fellow students. Instead, the article focused on how Drake residents did not have access to the hall...

"UW handled bowl party incident well," Editorial, Racine Journal Times, Feb. 1.

The good news is that Wisconsin is not Penn State. It should stay that way. When John Chadima resigned on Jan. 6, the now former senior associate athletic director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison left behind a considerable mess and many, many questions about off-campus parties. Perhaps the sexual assault scandal at Penn State played a part in that reaction, but regardless of that, university officials deserve credit for realizing that incidents such as this cannot be concealed. It may take a few years, but the facts will eventually come out to the detriment of those who tried to conceal them, and to the institution itself. Credit is due to interim Chancellor David Ward, who tasked a panel with the job of investigating the incident and making recommendations. The panel deserves credit for completing its work so quickly...

"Campus Connection: Value of UW Foundation's endowment jumps 20.7 percent," Capital Times, Feb. 1.

The University of Wisconsin Foundation's endowment grew by 20.7 percent between fiscal year 2010 and 2011. The endowment housed in the UW Foundation -- the private, nonprofit fundraising arm of UW-Madison -- jumped from $1.55 billion to $1.87 billion, according to an annual survey of endowment returns by the National Association of College and University Business Officers and the Commonfund Institute. The UW Foundation's endowment ranks 34th nationally, according to this chart...

"Report shows growth in UW Foundation endowment," Wisconsin State Journal, Feb. 1.

The University of Wisconsin Foundation's endowment for UW-Madison grew 20.7 percent to a total of $1.87 billion from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011, according to a report released this week...

"Report: UW Foundation endowment worth $1.9 billion," Associated Press, Feb. 2.

A new report says the endowment of the University of Wisconsin Foundation was worth $1.9 billion last year, a 21 percent increase over its 2010 value...

"Investigators rule out electrical cause in UW-L fire," La Crosse Tribune, Feb. 1.

Investigators have ruled out electricity as the cause of the fire in a University of Wisconsin-La Crosse dormitory this weekend, local fire officials said Wednesday...

"UW-L rape victim's father to judge: 'you win'," Winona Daily News, Feb. 1.

The father of a former UW-L student sodomized with a lint roller by two other students is furious a judge denied his request to reschedule this week's hearings for the defendants...

"UWSP hopes to contribute to Medical College of Wisconsin," Stevens Point Journal, Feb. 1.

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point believes it could be a great resource for a medical school that is considering a facility in central Wisconsin. The Milwaukee-based Medical College of Wisconsin announced Tuesday that it is considering north central Wisconsin -- specifically Wausau, Stevens Point and Marshfield -- as one of eight possible regions for a new school that would teach and train primary care physicians...

"Campus welcomes transfer students," Fourth Estate, Jan. 24.

Snow and high winds weren't enough to stop dozens of UW-Green Bay transfer students from attending an orientation program Jan. 12....While final enrollment numbers for the spring 2012 semester will not be available until after it begins, UWGB historically has not had significant numbers of transfer students at the halfway point of the academic year. During the spring 2011 semester, 357 transfer students were admitted, with only 245 of them accepting admission and taking classes. In comparison, during the fall 2011 semester, 942 transfer students were admitted...

"Fate of student union rests with students," The Racquet, Feb. 1.

Cartwright Student Center, considered to be the heart of campus, houses numerous student base organizations including CAB, Valhalla Theatre, and of course the beloved Racquet. Yet potential plans are brewing to tear down this home base in order to build anew and recreate a more central and modernized student center...

"Looking good Cowley Hall," The Racquet, Feb. 1.

Centennial and Eagle Hall have recently gained bragging rights for being the most modern and up to date buildings on UW-La Crosse's campus, but it will not be long before another building garners that same integrity. What lucky building is being chosen? Cowley Hall of Science...

"Voter ID law requires valid ID, proof of residency to vote," Exponent Online, Feb. 1.

University of Wisconsin Platteville students will need proper identification and proof of residency to vote April 3 in the local elections and presidential primaries, under the recently enacted Voter ID law; Wisconsin Act 23...

"'Compassionate brain' vs. real life to be studied at UW," Capital Times, Feb. 2.

Does having a compassionate brain lead to changes in real life? UW-Madison researchers are launching a series of studies to find out how virtuous qualities, such as compassion and kindness, relate to an individual's behavior in the real world...

"Law students given practical experience through national volunteer program," Badger Herald, Feb. 1.

A group of University of Wisconsin law students is preparing to travel across the United States as part of a nationwide effort to provide legal assistance to non-profit groups...

"Menomonie chief: Intoxication law has led to 63 citations," Leader-Telegram, Feb. 2.

UW-Stout police Chief Lisa Walter hopes the issuance of more than 60 public intoxication tickets since an ordinance prohibiting that behavior was adopted in April will promote more responsible behavior in the future...

State

"Waukesha colleges' different missions touted," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 1.

Time and again, speakers at a listening session this week on the future of higher education in Waukesha County told organizers that the local colleges were very good at what they do while serving two distinct populations. Some applauded the conversation about how the colleges could become better - especially at ensuring that credits transfer between two-year and four-year schools - and some took a dim view of any outright merger of the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha County and Waukesha County Technical College...

"Medical College of Wisconsin pushes to expand," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Feb. 1.

The Medical College of Wisconsin's proposal to train as many as 100 doctors a year at new sites throughout the state would give the school a statewide presence while addressing a projected shortage of primary care physicians...The Medical College envisions partnering with universities, colleges and health systems to set up satellite sites around the state. The program would focus on training students interested in primary care and offering residency programs for primary care physicians...

"Be prepared with valid ID when you vote," Leader-Telegram, Feb. 2.

Eau Claire City Clerk Donna Austad answered these questions about the state's new voter ID requirements, which will be in place for local primary elections later this month...UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stout are in the process of making their student IDs compliant with the voter ID requirements before this month's elections. The local universities are planning to send information to students soon to tell them how to obtain IDs and proof of residency...

National

"Multiyear study of community-college practices asks: What helps students graduate?," Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 2.

Community colleges are brimming with programs and policies designed to help students complete their studies. Practices like requiring orientation and establishing early-academic-warning systems have sprouted since 2009, when President Obama announced that he wanted to make the United States the best-educated country in the world by 2020. Now the questions for the nation's community colleges are: Which of the practices work and why? And perhaps most important, how do colleges expand them to cover all students?...

"Make it mandatory?," Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 2.

...Community colleges have a growing arsenal of tools that research shows will help students earn credentials -- like academic goal-setting, student success courses and tutoring. Yet the study found that relatively few students take advantage of those offerings...

"No money down!," Inside Higher Ed, Feb. 2.

...Under the students' plan, called the UC Student Investment Proposal, students in the system would pay no upfront costs for their education but would agree to pay 5 percent of their income to the system for 20 years after graduating and entering the workforce...

"Immigrant worker firings unsettle a college campus," New York Times, Feb. 1.

The dining hall workers had been at Pomona College for years, some even decades. For a few, it was the only job they had held since moving to the United States...Seventeen workers could not produce documents showing that they were legally able to work in the United States. So on Dec. 2, they lost their jobs. Now, the campus is deep into a consuming debate over what it means to be a college with liberal ideals, with some students, faculty and alumni accusing the administration and the board of directors of betraying the college's ideals...

"Why go to college at all?," Blog, New York Times, Feb. 2.

Is college worth it? High school seniors anxiously awaiting admissions decisions might find that question bizarre, but recently some strenuous arguments have been leveled against the value of a college degree...

"U. of I. president faces faculty criticism in wake of email scandal," Chicago Tribune, Feb. 2.

As the University of Illinois looks to move beyond its latest scandal, faculty criticism has turned to university President Michael Hogan and a "broader failure of leadership." The Urbana-Champaign campus's faculty senate passed a resolution Monday stating that Hogan "tolerated and participated in" a "culture of leaked documents, suspicion and intimidation" to undermine and manipulate faculty input...

"U.S. agency will offer $100-million to universities to study development issues," Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 1.

As part of an effort to reinvigorate its work with higher education, the U.S. Agency for International Development is starting a new $100-million program to study foreign aid and generate solutions to problems facing the developing world, like lack of adequate food resources, government corruption, and environmental degradation...

"New media consortium names 10 top 'metatrends' shaping educational technology," Chronicle of Higher Education, Feb. 1.

A group of education leaders gathered last week to discuss the most important technology innovations of the last decade, and their findings suggest the classroom of the future will be open, mobile, and flexible enough to reach individual students -- while free online tools will challenge the authority of traditional institutions...

"Why university leaders are collaborating on eTexts," Converge, Feb. 1.

Textbooks continue to account for a large chunk of college expenses -- an average of $1,168 per student annually at four-year public colleges, according to CollegeBoard. Some U.S. universities are searching for ways to keep more money in students' wallets by making affordable digital textbooks readily available...