UW System Clipsheet

UW System Clipsheet

July 26, 2014

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"When does the University of Wisconsin cease to be a public university?," Editorial, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, July 24.

...Sadly, as I enter my senior of college, I'm watching my current school, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, become Whitefish Bay High - a great public school that promises success after graduation but whose access is determined less and less by a student's hard work and innate ability and more than ever before by a student's capacity to pay for school...

"Ground water debate in central Wisconsin," Fox 11, July 22.

...Kraft, a groundwater expert from UW-Stevens Point, has been looking into the disappearing lakes in Central Wisconsin for more than a decade. "Frankly, I was dubious," he said. "I thought, 'Well, it's part of a normal cycle of ups and downs.'" But that was then. After years of research, he says all of the signs kept pointing to one thing: high capacity wells used for irrigation...

"Oelrich: UW celebrates 50th anniversary," Marshfield News Herald, July 25.

This year, the University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County will celebrate its 50th anniversary of serving students, Marshfield, the communities in Wood County and the surrounding area...

"UW-Madison's Shaver earns Dairy Nutrition Research Award," Wisconsin Ag Connection, July 25.

Randy Shaver, Ph.D., an expert on dairy cattle nutrition, was awarded the American Dairy Science Association Nutrition Research Award this week for his professional achievements. The annual award is jointly sponsored by the American Feed Industry Association and ADSA...

"UWSP Suzuki Institute students learn music like a language," WSAU, July 24.

The University of Wisconsin Stevens Point is again hosting a very special musical program. It's the Aber American Suzuki Institute, where musicians and singers starting as young as four years old learn music using the Dr. Shinichi Suzuki method...

"Stress in early life may increase risk for developing emotional, physical health problems," University Herald, July 24.

Children who have been abused or neglected early in life are at risk for developing both emotional and physical health problems, according to a recent study. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin, Madison found that maltreatment affects the way genes are activated, which has implications for children's long-term development...

"Adventures in Lifelong Learning offers seniors cultural enrichment, activities," Racine Journal-Times, July 25.

Adventures in Lifelong Learning provides an ongoing forum for seniors who have a mutual interest in intellectual stimulation and cultural enrichment. Those interested are welcome to an event as a guest to try out the group before joining. ALL is affiliated with and meets at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside...

"Volunteers honored for cleaning up the storm in Platteville," WMTV, July 24.

The city of Platteville showed how quickly they can bounce back after tornadoes damaged neighborhoods, businesses and the University of Wisconsin Platteville...

"Patterson: UWSP prepares students for success in any field," Stevens Point Journal, July 24.

...Many of today's college majors did not exist when I chose my college course of study. Consider a few examples from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: web and digital media development, geographic information systems and spatial analysis, or our newest resource management emphasis: wildland fire science...

"What is the greenest college campus in your state?," EcoWatch, July 24.

Colleges across the U.S. have been making headlines for environmentally conscious polices and student activism. For example, the University of Dayton became the first U.S. Catholic college to divest from fossil fuels, Washington University students were arrested protesting Peabody Coal, and 130+ universities joined in a movement to measure the sustainable dining on campus...


"Panel examines funding and governance of tech colleges," Wisconsin Radio Network, July 25.

A legislative committee examines Wisconsin Technical College System funding and governance responsibilities. Lawmakers hear from experts at the state Capitol on "viable options to lowering property taxes..."

"WITC campuses receive $884,362 worker training grant," Business North, July 24.

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College has received an $884,362 grant through the Wisconsin Fast Forward - Blueprint for Prosperity initiative to fund new sections of high-demand programs. The announcement was made Thursday by Department of Workforce Development Assistant Deputy Secretary David Anderson...


"Key Republican in House proposes broad student-aid reforms," Chronicle of Higher Education, July 25.

As the U.S. House of Representatives takes its first steps toward reauthorizing the Higher Education Act, Rep. Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin, the Budget Committee's chairman, is offering his own vision of student-aid reform. In an antipoverty plan released on Thursday, Representative Ryan calls for streamlining the student-aid system, capping federal loans to parents and graduate students, and "disrupting the accreditation status quo..."

"House overhauls tax breaks," Inside Higher Ed, July 25.

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday approved an overhaul of higher education tax breaks and passed legislation changing how federal student loan counseling works. The tax measure, which is part of the House Republicans' overall effort to make changes to the tax code, contains some provisions that colleges and universities strongly support...

"Senators in both parties agree: states must do more for higher education," Chronicle of Higher Education, July 25.

Congressional hearings often feature bitter partisanship and acrimonious finger pointing. But there was mostly agreement on Thursday at a higher-education hearing of the U.S. Senate's Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Both Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat of Iowa, and Sen. Lamar Alexander, a Republican of Tennessee, agreed that states should take a leading role in paying for and overseeing public colleges...

"Competency v. Mastery," Op/Ed, Inside Higher Ed, July 25.

"Competency-based" education appears to be this year's answer to America's higher education challenges, judging from this week's news in Washington. Unlike MOOCs (last year's solution), there is, refreshingly, greater emphasis on the validation of learning. Yet, all may not be as represented...