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UW System Clipsheet

October 22, 2014

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"Assembly leader Robin Vos outlines Wisconsin GOP legislative agenda," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 21.

The GOP lawmakers said they would also extend for another two years a freeze on tuition at University of Wisconsin System schools and screen people on public benefits for drugs - two ideas promoted by Walker...

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"UW Extension wants you to think long term," Sawyer County Record, October 21.

University of Wisconsin Extension is planning ahead for what resources citizens might need in 20 years. It is surveying residents throughout the state to find out what role people think it should play in the future...

"UW-Madison ties for second-most Fulbright grant winners," Daily Cardinal, October 22.

Seven UW-Madison doctoral students received grants totalling $306,628 through the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad program. UW-Madison tied the University of California-Berkeley for the second-highest number of students to receive awards from the U.S. Department of Education Fulbright program...

"UW-L alumnus' family turns pain into prose," La Crosse Tribune, October 22.

David Berling has no memory of the night his plane crashed into a California field - or even the previous week. The U.S. Air Force captain was attempting to land during a night of heavy fog April 27, 2007, when his single-engine plane flew too low and hit the ground at more than 100 miles per hour...

"2 UW-La Crosse staff members injured in car vs pedestrian crash," WKBT, October 21.

Two people were injured in a car vs pedestrian crash at 1725 State Street, in front of UW-La Crosse's Graff Hall at about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday. Two people were transported to a local hospital with what Tri-State Ambulance believes is non-life-threatening injuries...

"Get Out The Vote UWSP registration drive very successful," WSAU, October 22.

If you think college students are not paying attention to the upcoming election, think again. A recent five week long effort at UW Stevens Point reached out to students and pre-registered over a thousand students...


"7 things to watch for at Great City Schools conference in Milwaukee," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 20.

Big-city school superintendents from across the country will descend on Milwaukee this week to discuss how to improve America's metropolitan school systems. Nearly 1,000 superintendents, district leaders and school board members will be attending the annual fall conference of the Council of the Great City Schools, which officially begins Wednesday...


"Colleges find success with new approaches to developmental education," Diverse Issues in Higher Education, October 21.

Every year, thousands of adults, some high school graduates, apply to a community college. But first they have to take tests that assess their English and math skills. Nationwide, 60 percent fail at least one of the tests, according to the Community College Research Center...

"Ability to benefit, again?," Inside Higher Ed, October 22.

A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers wants to bring back financial aid for college students who do not hold a high school diploma or its equivalent, like a GED. The U.S. Congress eliminated aid eligibility for these so-called "ability to benefit" students in 2012...

"Funding the competition," Inside Higher Ed, October 22.

The University of Arkansas System in March approved the creation of a fully online institution that would spring from the system's pool of talent and resources. Seven months later, some of the other institutions in the system are balking at the idea of footing the bill for what may become a direct competitor...

"For colleges, student-privacy law can be an obligation and a shield," Chronicle of Higher Education, October 22.

When Treon Harris, the starting quarterback for the University of Florida's football team, was accused of sexual assault this month, the university did something unusual: It announced the accusation publicly the very next day...

"Many athletes receive little education on concussion," Chronicle of Higher Education, October 21.

Nearly a quarter of respondents to a new survey of NCAA colleges said their institutions do not have a formal process for educating athletes about the danger of head injuries...

"What really happens at community colleges? A tool taps data for answers," Chronicle of Higher Education, October 22.

How do community-college students move from their first class to their first job? Plenty of educators and analysts would like to know more about that process. A research institute called RTI International said on Monday that its newly revamped web tool could provide answers...

"30 Mass. colleges drop SAT requirements," WCVB, October 21.

While the number of Massachusetts students taking the SAT is up, a growing number of colleges in the state are no longer requiring applicants to submit their scores, The Enterprise reported. "The number steadily increases," said Monty Neill, executive director of Boston-based FairTest, which supports the trend of making SAT scores an optional part of the college application process...

"A new course for college leadership," Politico, October 22.

Susan Herbst is the first woman to serve as president of the University of Connecticut, the state's flagship research institution founded in 1881, but she doesn't consider herself a trailblazer...