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April 9, 2012

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"Letters: Politicians share blame for tuition," Letter, Appleton Post-Crescent, April 5.

As a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley, I share the concern expressed in the March 22 editorial about the ever-increasing rate of tuition at the UW ("UW needs to heed student debt message"). Our young people are not only graduating with enormous debt, but they are spending too many hours working and too few studying. However, to gloss over multiple massive cuts to the UW and put the blame for this situation on the UW Board of Regents is misleading and irresponsible...

"UW System president upholds Ward's decision on budget appeal," Badger Herald, April 8.

After a student appealed Interim Chancellor David Ward's decision to overturn a budget decision made by the student government, a University of Wisconsin System official denied the appeal last week, which could mean a lawsuit is on the horizon...

On Campus

"Political turmoil in Madison, education cuts could complicate UW-EC's chancellor search," Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, April 8.

Massive protests. Political upheaval. Higher education budget cuts. Wisconsin has generated more than its usual share of national media coverage in the past 14 months. While that may be one of the few assertions about state public affairs that won't ignite an argument these days, the same can't necessarily be said for how all of that attention will affect the upcoming search for a new UW-Eau Claire chancellor...

"UW campus gears up for annual trivia marathon," Associated Press, April 9.

Heads up, trivia buffs. It's time to register for 43rd annual self-proclaimed world's largest trivia contest. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point radio station WWSP 90FM will start the contest at 6 p.m. Friday, April 20...

"UW-Madison student awarded AP-Google scholarship," WISC-TV, April 9.

The Online News Association has awarded a UW-Madison student with a $20,000 scholarship. Emily Eggleston won the money for her plan to combine digital technology, journalism, and geography... (video clip)

"UW-EC holds 38th Viennese Ball in Davies for last time," Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, April 8.

Existing only for a few more months in the shadow of a massive new student center, UW-Eau Claire's Davies Center has been host to its share of events, concerts and conventions. One of those events is the annual Viennese Ball, which will enjoy its 38th and final year in the building before undergoing some drastic changes... Photo

"Parents of murdered UW-Madison student honor her memory with microchip clinic," WAOW-TV, April 8.

A microchip clinic for dogs and cats was held today at the Humane Society of Portage County in honor of Brittany Zimmermann's love for animals...Brittany Zimmermann was killed in her apartment four years agowhile she was attending college in Madison...

"UW-Waukesha's Pride Alliance hosting Pride Prom 2012," Waukesha Patch, April 7.

...Sponsored by UW-Waukesha's Pride Alliance, the second annual Pride Prom provides an opportunity for gay teens, interracial couples, or anyone who may not have felt comfortable at their high school prom to dress up and attend a campus dance...

"Mifflin Street Block Party: Authorities 'wish it would go away'," Wisconsin State Journal, April 9.

This year's Mifflin Street Block Party is sounding less and less like a party. City officials say there now will be no food vendors at the party to facilitate policing and lessen the draw after violence and excessive drinking at last year's event brought calls for an end to the 42-year tradition...

"UW-Madison will host hands-on science event," Wisconsin State Journal, April 9.

...UW-Madison's Science Expeditions on Saturday will feature five major open houses, six science spectaculars, more than 20 venues and 60 hands-on exploration stations -- the largest collection of activities ever for the 10th annual event...

"State Supreme Court justices to give presentation at UW-L," La Crosse Tribune, April 9.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and Justice Ann Walsh Bradley will present "Wisconsin Women: Celebrating Their Contributions," at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Centennial Hall, room 1309...

"Modern day Shakespeare's 'Richard III' at UW-River Falls, performances free," River Falls Journal, April 6.

The UW-River Falls University Theatre will present "Richard III," a historical play written by William Shakespeare, on April 19-21 and 26-28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Blanche Davis Theatre of the Kleinpell Fine Arts building on campus...

"Voltage-free switching of polarization may lead to significantly more efficient method of data storage," Nanowerk News, April 9.

A team led by University of Nebraska-Lincoln physicist Alexei Gruverman in collaboration with researchers in Spain and at the University of Wisconsin has discovered a significantly more efficient method of data storage that offers great promise for the future of technology...

"Judy Jax to be featured at next Reminiscence Speaker Series," Dunn County News, April 8.

Judy Jax is the next speaker in the Reminiscence Speaker Series to be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in the Maple and Cedarwood Room of the Memorial Student Center at University of Wisconsin-Stout...Three years later, her 34-year teaching tenure at UW-Stout began...

"The Apprentice Dunn County: Program allows students to foster small business growth," Dunn County News, April 8.

Twelve student-led teams from Chippewa Valley Technical College and University of Wisconsin-Stout will soon be busy preparing solutions to business challenges facing area companies...

"UW bachelor's degree and distance dducation fair April 11," Sheboygan Press, April 6.

If you've always wanted a University of Wisconsin bachelor's degree but couldn't imagine how you'd make time in your life to commute, it's now possible to earn many bachelor's (and master's) degrees without commuting, in programs specially designed to accommodate the busy schedules...

"Priest remembered fondly," Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, April 8.

Friends of Monsignor Charles Blecha recall him as a man who loved his parish, the Menomonie community and the Green Bay Packers, and credit him as a caring person who brought Menomonie-area Catholics and Protestants together. Blecha, 100, died April 2...Blecha enjoyed sports and attended most Menomonie High School and UW-Stout football games...

State

"Wisconsin chases tax cheats, but most slip away," Gannett Wisconsin, April 8.

As 3 million Wisconsin residents file annual tax returns this spring, thousands of others will fail to pay their share -- and most will get away with it, based on state records...If those 121,900 people and businesses paid in full, the state would have enough money to run its prison system for a year or pay its annual share of funding for all University of Wisconsin campuses...

"Gateway expands boot camps with $1 million SCJ donation," Racine Journal Times, April 9.

Gateway Technical College plans to offer additional manufacturing boot camps, and also create its first health care boot camps, thanks to a $1 million grant from SC Johnson...

"Less women at community colleges studying science and tech," Wisconsin Public Radio, April 6.

Efforts to get more women enrolled in engineering, computer, and information technology programs are proving slow to show success, especially at community colleges...

"Linking minority education with job prospects," Wisconsin Radio Network, April 9.

The state Department of Workforce Development Thursday announced the nearly two dozen members of an upcoming task force focusing on minority job improvement in the Milwaukee area...DWD Secretary Reggie Newson took interest in Jansen's progress in linking urban high school students with ideas for future education, job training and positive role models... (Audio clip)

"State needs a plan to retain more physicians," Op-ed, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, April 7.

In recent months, considerable discussion has been devoted to expanding the physician workforce in Wisconsin...The UW School of Medicine recently has developed the Wisconsin Academy of Rural Medicine (WARM), which provides for admission of 25 students per year committed to practicing rural medicine. Also, the school's training program in Urban Medicine and Public Health (TRIUMPH) on its Milwaukee Academic Campus currently provides a curriculum for 16 medical students committed to urban health care...

National

"Slow recovery," Inside Higher Ed, April 9.

An annual survey of faculty salaries being released today by the American Association of University Professors paints a dismal picture, suggesting that a historic low period for compensation increases continues. This trend may go on for a while, the report says, and it questions whether the numbers will ever go back to where they were before the Great Recession...

"How they really get in," Inside Higher Ed, April 9.

Most elite colleges and universities describe their admissions policies as "holistic," suggesting that they look at the totality of an applicant -- grades, test scores, essays, recommendations, activities and so forth. But a new survey of admissions officials at the 75 most competitive colleges and universities (defined as those with the lowest admit rates) finds that there are distinct patterns, typically not known by applicants, that differentiate some holistic colleges from others...

"Tuition model quietly spreading," Inside Higher Ed, April 9.

There may be limits to how far differential tuition can go in higher education. Many colleges have begun charging more for high-cost courses and academic programs, like engineering and health sciences. While sometimes controversial, differential rates are on the books at more than half of flagship public universities, a recent survey found. But as Santa Monica College has discovered, creating a two-tiered pricing system for the same popular general education courses is a far tougher pill to swallow...

"Trying to find a measure for how well colleges do," New York Times, April 7.

How well does a college teach, and what do its students learn? Rankings based on the credentials of entering freshmen are not hard to find, but how can students, parents and policy makers assess how well a college builds on that foundation?...

"2012 faculty salary survey," Chronicle of Higher Education, April 8.

How much 1,251 colleges paid their faculty members...

"Most Buzzworthy universities: MIT overtakes Harvard on the internet," Huffington Post, April 5.

Which university has the best Internet brand equity? The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has the best Internet buzz, according to the Global Language Monitor...(The other institutions rounding up the top five were the University of Chicago, Columbia and the University of Wisconsin-Madison)

"Professors' group say US faculty salaries not driving tuition hikes," ABC News Radio, April 9.

Stagnant faculty salaries for teaching professionals across the U.S. belie the common belief that professors' incomes are driving increased costs of higher education, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) reported in a study released on Monday...