UW System Clipsheet

UW System Clipsheet

October 24, 2014

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On Campus

"'Blugold' teachers key component of local district," Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, October 23.

A recent analysis showing that nearly half of the teachers in the Eau Claire school district graduated from UW-Eau Claire may be the most telling statistic yet to illustrate how important a close town-gown relationship benefits everybody...

"Phuture Phoenix encourages kids to think big," Green Bay Press-Gazette, October 22.

I don't remember talking to my parents about whether I would attend college; it was a given. I suppose that's because even in my very youngest days of wanting to be a teacher, librarian or nurse, I chose options that require a college degree...

"National Campus Sustainability Day celebrated at UWSP," Stevens Point Journal, October 22.

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point joined universities across the United States on Wednesday recognizing sustainability efforts on campus and in the community...

"Car hits UW-L vice chancellor, registrar," WEAU, October 22.

Two employees at an area university were struck in a crosswalk. UW La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow sent an E-mail to campus Wednesday saying vice chancellor for administration and finance Bob Hetzel and registrar Chris Bakkum were hit by a pick up truck...

"Beauty and the brain," Green Bay Press-Gazette, October 22.

Tina Sauerhammer is no stranger to firsts. A list of her most notable achievements quickly reveals this to be true. To date, she's the youngest alumna of both the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and University of Wisconsin Madison School of Medicine (graduating at 18 and 22 respectively)...

"UW departments prepare to 'trim the fat' in case of tuition freeze extension," Badger Herald, October 23.

A two-year extension to the University of Wisconsin System tuition freeze would mean trimming the fat in UW's budget. Even with the uncertainty surrounding the likelihood of such an extension, UW is currently preparing deans of administrative units across campus for the possibility of budget cuts anywhere between 2 to 6 percent...

"UW students "Make Bo Pay"," Channel 3000, October 22.

The third annual "Shooting Down Cancer" event at the Kohl Center was another rousing success Wednesday raising over $275,000 for cancer research. UW students were invited to shoot a free throw and a half court shot at the Kohl Center with men's basketball head coach Bo Ryan and his wife Kelly contributing money to Coaches Versus Cancer and the American Cancer Society...

"McDonell students see UW-Stout foundry in action," Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, October 18.

Chippewa Falls McDonell Central Catholic High School students learned firsthand this week about working with metal...The mobile metal casting foundry came to McDonell from UW-Stout...

"UW commencement will return to Camp Randall," WKOW, October 22.

Spring graduation at Camp Randall went so well this year, the UW is doing it again next year. 6,000 undergrads and more than 44,000 of their family and friends attended the May graduation. It was the first time in many years that graduation ceremonies were not held inside the Kohl Center...

National

"Looser PLUS loan standards," Inside Higher Ed, October 23.

The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it had finalized its plan to loosen the credit requirements needed to obtain federal PLUS loans. Under the new regulations, which will take effect next year, it will be easier for students and parents with damaged credit histories to take out PLUS loans...

"Coming soon for PLUS loans: more eligible borrowers, new data on defaults," Chronicle of Higher Education, October 22.

Borrowers with past credit problems will soon find it easier to qualify for federal PLUS loans under a final rule announced on Wednesday by the Education Department. An additional 370,000 parents and graduate students are expected to qualify for PLUS loans under the rule, which will relax the program's underwriting criteria...

"How colleges let sexual predators slip away to other schools," Huffington Post, October 23.

If a college student is disciplined by a school for sexual assault, the rapist can skip the punishment by transferring to a new university without anyone ever knowing. The offense won’t necessarily show up on a transcript. And administrators can simply note in a student’s file that he or she faced disciplinary action without recording actual details...

"NIH allocates $31-million to tackle racial gaps in training," Chronicle of Higher Education, October 22.

The National Institutes of Health on Wednesday awarded more than $31-million to a dozen university groups that will develop and test strategies for improving the racial diversity of the nation's medical work force...

"Affirmative consent, the new standard," Column, Inside Higher Ed, October 23.

In the scramble for colleges and universities to stem the tide of sexual violence that has come onto their campuses, California has become the first in the nation to enact a "yes means yes" standard into law.

"Obama on affirmative action in higher ed," Inside Higher Ed, October 23.

In an interview in The New Yorker, President Obama expressed support for affirmative action in higher education, and questioned how precisely a Supreme Court deadline for phasing out the consideration of race should be viewed. The article looks broadly at President Obama's influence on the federal court system, and touches on affirmative action toward the end of the piece...

"Ending the traditional MBA," Inside Higher Ed, October 23.

After five years of declining enrollment in its traditional M.B.A. program, Wake Forest University is shifting gears to focus on an area where it sees greater demand - those M.B.A. seekers who want to earn a paycheck while studying...

"Widespread nature of Chapel Hill's academic fraud is laid bare," Chronicle of Higher Education, October 23.

An academic-fraud scandal at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill took root under a departmental secretary and die-hard Tar Heel fan, who was egged on by athletics advisers to create no-show classes that would keep under-prepared and unmotivated players eligible...

"Students jump at chance for free college tuition," The Tennessean, October 22.

When Gov. Bill Haslam announced the creation of the Tennessee Promise scholarship program, the state anticipated 20,000 students might apply. A little more than a week before the Nov. 1 application deadline, the number of students embarking down the path toward free tuition at a Tennessee community college or college of applied technology is closer to 45,000...