UW System Clipsheet

UW System Clipsheet

July 30, 2014

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"5 colleges you didn't know offered online degrees," USA Today, July 28.

The University of Wisconsin (UW), which has various campuses across the state of Wisconsin, is another traditional university that has jumped into the online degree pool. If you're looking for an online certificate, you have nearly 50 options to choose from, ranging from UW-Milwaukee's advanced study certificate to UW-Stout's quality management certificate...

On Campus

"UW-Stout students and faculty to report on watershed research," Dunn County News, July 26.

All summer long, 10 student researchers like Cassandra Beckworth of Chippewa Falls have been traveling the back roads of Dunn County, standing knee deep in the rivers and lakes of the Red Cedar watershed or talking with citizens, farmers and policymakers, to get a better understanding of the myriad factors that contribute to the blue-green algae pollution that is evident this time of year in those lakes and rivers...

"Family of Dr. Dave Dickson leaves major gift to UW dairy science dept.," Wisconsin Ag Connection, July 28.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Dairy Science has announced the creation of a $775,000 fund to help dairy science students defray costs of attending events that are a key part of their education...

"Mural honors passenger pigeons, extinct for 100 years," Stevens Point Journal, July 28.

A new mural in the Museum of Natural History at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point marks the 100th anniversary of the extinction of what once was the most prolific bird on the face of the earth...

"Potterton tapped to lead UW-Madison's short course program," Wisconsin Ag Connection, July 28.

The interim director of the Farm and Industry Short Course program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences has been chosen to serve as its permanent leader...

"UW-Stout program gives its students a leg up on their futures," Chippewa Valley Business Report, July 28.

Students who participate in the University of Wisconsin-Stout's Cooperative Education program walk across the stage on graduation day already holding a nice bonus to go along with their diplomas - significant professional work experience in their chosen fields of study...

"Master Gardener Volunteer training classes announced," Wisconsin State Farmer, July 28.

Whether an experienced gardener with a "green thumb" or just a beginner gardener with energy and desire to learn more about the hobby, the University of Wisconsin Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program may be the right program...

"UW-Eau Claire climbs on to the growing field of geospatial information systems," Chippewa Valley Business Report, July 28.

...But with a $500,000 grant from the University of Wisconsin System in hand, the UW-Eau Claire department of geography and anthropology hopes to bridge the gap between the classroom and workforce, and become a leader in producing students with the most up-to-date and marketable skills by creating a multi-disciplinary geospatial major over the next two years...

"Old bed frames moved from dorms," WKBT, July 28.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is staying eco-friendly while upgrading its residence halls. In preparation for the new school year, the residence life staff spent a week sending nearly seven hundred tons of old bed frames to recycling...

"UW researcher's study may prevent hair loss during chemo," Public News Service, July 28.

A new University of Wisconsin-Madison study offers great hope for saving the hair follicles of patients undergoing chemotherapy. A new kind of vasoconstrictor - a drug that narrows blood vessels - could be the key...

"Study seeks parents for new study," Marshfield News Herald, July 29.

Stephen Small, University of Wisconsin-Extension human development and family relations specialist and professor of Human Development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has studied the process of wisdom to better understand how people can make wiser decisions in their everyday lives...

"New Catholic housing option for UW-Oshkosh students," Appleton Post-Crescent, July 29.

A religious-centered life can be hard to lead without support from others, which is why a Roman Catholic ministry now offers University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh students a faith-based housing option...

"Educators work at fair to kindle interest in teaching," Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, July 27.

Kevin Mason and Brian McAlister recently went to the Northern Wisconsin State Fair in Chippewa Falls, but not to sample the corn dogs or to take a spin on the Ferris wheel. They were working on a state and national problem: A shortage of science, math and technology teachers...

"Center a haven for teens in area," Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, July 28.

Sixteen-year-old Randi Hintzman enjoys her time at the Community Crossroads Center in Menomonie because it gives her a place to meet friends and take part in activities. "There are a lot of different activities," Hintzman, a Menomonie High School junior, said. "You get to meet different people. You get to interact with them..."

State

"Milwaukee small business owners give state C+," Biz Times, July 28.

Milwaukee small business owners feel Wisconsin has some room for improvement when it comes to small business friendliness, according to a new survey...

"Heading off to college? Don't leave home without these skills.," Column, Ozaukee County News Graphic, July 17.

Do you remember getting ready to go to summer camp the first time? For parents and especially children, the excitement and anticipation likely were beyond description. Well, preparing to head off to college will make the summer camp experience pale in comparison...

National

"Spending shifts as colleges compete on students' comfort," Chronicle of Higher Education, July 28.

When someone stops by Bethany College, claiming that they're just passing through, Scott D. Miller knows they're lying. This West Virginia college, where he has been president since 2007, is only 39 miles from Pittsburgh, but it's a long 39 miles, down one of three winding country roads...

"Within striking distance," Inside Higher Ed, July 29.

Americans who attended college for a while but never earned a credential might be the key to achieving the ambitious college completion goals the White House and influential foundations have set. It's a big group...

"Push on counseling," Inside Higher Ed, July 29.

The White House's higher education summit in January, as some critics described it, was all about appealing to the cameras. The event, to be sure, drew mainstream headlines as President Obama exercised his "convening authority" to summon to the White House dozens of college presidents - many of whom seemed pretty excited to come to Washington and snap photos of the president and first lady...

"A focus on specific dropouts can help colleges raise completion rates," Chronicle of Higher Education, July 29.

College dropouts who came close to graduating but didn't quite finish could be a key target for higher-education institutions that are under the gun to improve their completion rates, according to a report released on Tuesday by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center...

"Shared or divided governance?," Editorial, Inside Higher Ed, July 29.

Few people appear happy with the state of shared governance at American colleges and universities. Faculty members complain that they are being disempowered by administrators and trustees who are creating an increasingly "corporatized" academic environment and who are more concerned with budgets than with quality...

"Social-pyschology researchers are very liberal. Is that a problem?," Chronicle of Higher Education, July 29.

During a 2011 talk at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Jonathan Haidt asked the roughly 1,000 researchers gathered how many considered themselves liberal. About 800 hands went up. Twenty identified as "moderate or centrist"; 12 fessed up to libertarianism. The number of self-described conservatives in the room: three. Out of a thousand...