UW System Clipsheet

UW System Clipsheet

September 2, 2014

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"UW System president says college preparedness is high-priority issue," Sawyer County Record, August 29.

The president of the University of Wisconsin System said last week that Wisconsin's universities and colleges need to work harder at decreasing the number of students who need remedial courses...

On Campus

"UW-Platteville re-opens for school year after tornado," WISC-TV 3, August 29.

Just two months after a tornado ripped through UW-Platteville, students returned to a campus that looks virtually untouched. Back in June, an EF-2 tornado tore through the college's stadium and the rest of the community, leaving behind an almost unrecognizable campus...

"Grand re-opening of UW-Platteville campus following tornado," WKOW, August 29.

The UW-Platteville campus held a grand re-opening ceremony Friday, following a rebuild from this summer's tornado. Buildings were damaged on campus after two tornadoes hit the city of Platteville in June...

"UW-P welcomes students back to repaired campus," Dubuque Telegraph Herald, August 29.

For some students and their parents, today's arrival at University of Wisconsin-Platteville was another typical moving day. It was hard to imagine a tornado struck the campus a little more than 2 1⁄2 months ago...

"UW-Platteville re-opens after two tornadoes rock campus," TMJ4, August 29.

College students whose fall semester was questionable after a tornado hit their campus this summer, moved in Friday. We returned to Platteville for the Grand Reopening of campus and saw that much has been done, but also that much work remains...

"Two months after tornado, UW-Platteville set to reopen," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 29.

It was anything but a quiet summer on the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus, where an EF-2 tornado struck June 16, stripping 1,000 grand old trees from a campus park and extensively damaging three residence halls, the engineering building and athletic stadium...

"Stepping into college: Lifting and carrying also involved in freshmen's arrival at UW-EC," Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, August 29.

Loaded down with boxes, futons, televisions and microwaves, UW-Eau Claire freshmen and transfer students moved into the campus residence halls Thursday. The campus was buzzing with activity and a mix of nervousness, excitement and positive energy as students moved in...

"4 higher education institutions host diversity conference," Oshkosh Northwestern, August 31.

"Understanding Socioeconomic Inequality," a free conference, will be held Oct. 16 by the four higher education institutions of Fond du Lac County - Ripon College, Marian University, Moraine Park Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac. The institutions collaborate on events supporting diversity and inclusion.

"UW-FDL to host art exhibit this month," Fond du Lac Reporter, September 1.

The University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac is hosting an art exhibit through Sept. 30, featuring the work of Wendi Michelle Turchan, UW-Fond du Lac art instructor....

"UWSP trades in traditional game day programs for digital ones," Fox 55, August 30.

The UW-Stevens Point athletic department is going green. Starting this year, the athletic department will trade in traditional game day programs for digital ones...

"Returning students move in at UWSP," WSAW, August 31.

Back to school is less than two days away, but some UW-Stevens Point students are already getting into the swing of things moving back into the residence halls on Sunday...

"Depression-support club coming to UWSP," Stevens Point Journal, September 1.

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus soon will be home to a new campus organization that supports discussion about depression and suicide...

"UW-Stout Chancellor accepts Ice Bucket Challenge," WEAU, August 31.

Just as students were moving into their dorms Sunday the UW-Stout Chancellor made an icy splash for two good causes...

"Chancellor's Ice Bucket Challenge brings $10,000 bid from employee to fund scholarships," Dunn County News, August 30.

An employee of University of Wisconsin-Stout has bid $10,000 to dump a bucket of ice water on the head of Chancellor Bob Meyer as part of the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for the ALS Association...

"New chancellor tells faculty, staff he's ready to serve them," Dunn County News, August 30.

Bob Meyer made it clear that as the new leader at University of Wisconsin-Stout, he wants to serve the students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners, a philosophy called servant leadership...

"UW-Stout McCalmont Hall project nearly finished," WEAU, August 29.

One of the more visible buildings at University of Wisconsin-Stout has a fresh, new look, thanks to a $7.9 million renovation. The nine-month project at McCalmont Hall is wrapping up, allowing 194 students to move in Sunday, Aug. 31, for the 2014-15 academic year...

"Consumer advocates warn college students about being targets of identity theft," WAOW, August 29.

Many students heading back to college are busy with books and moving into dorms. But according to consumer advocates, they should be concerned with something that may not be on the top of their college list: protecting themselves from identity theft...

National

"U.S. urged to curtail alarming dropout rates among minority men," Chronicle of Higher Education, September 2.

The federal government should require all colleges to create early-alert systems that flag students with low test scores, missing assignments, or spotty attendance. That would be one way, according to a report released on Tuesday, to curb the alarming number of minority men who drop out of college...

"Do Americans expect too much from a college degree?," Chronicle of Higher Education, September 2.

In times like these, data points get wielded like cudgels. Student-loan debt tops $1-trillion. As many as half of recent graduates are out of work, earn trifling wages, or have jobs that don’t require college degrees. Clearly, such numbers suggest, college isn't worthwhile...

"Duke asks the question," Inside Higher Ed, September 2.

Duke University has joined a small group of colleges that include optional questions about sexual orientation and gender identity on admissions applications. But Duke is doing so in a different way from others, with a short essay, rather than boxes to check...

"Will college ratings hurt minority students? Here's why researchers are wary," Chronicle of Higher Education, September 2.

You've probably heard of "food deserts" - those low-income communities with limited access to affordable and nutritious groceries. But what about education deserts?...

"Feds overhaul servicing contracts," Inside Higher Ed, September 2.

The U.S. Department of Education on Friday announced changes to how it pays the companies that manage student loan payments, responding to growing criticism that its oversight of those companies is inadequate...

"Cutting costs and quality?," Inside Higher Ed, September 2.

An institution's decision to drop print books for ebooks may rankle traditionalists, but at the University Colorado at Boulder, it’s the open-to-innovation crowd that is speaking out...

"'Aspiring Adults Adrift'," Inside Higher Ed, September 2.

In their 2011 book Academically Adrift, authors Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, argued that colleges are failing to educate students. Many undergraduates, the authors wrote, are "drifting through college without a clear sense of purpose," with more than a third of students not demonstrating any significant improvement in learning over four years in college...