1. Marquis Named UW System Director of Communications

    University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross announces that Stephanie Marquis has been named Director of Communications in the Office of University Relations. Marquis has more than 23 years of experience in the communications industry, and will officially begin in her post on January 1, 2017. She has served as the System’s Interim Director of

  2. UW System taking steps to make campuses safer places to live, learn and work (news summary)

    President Cross highlights recommendations of Task Force on Sexual Violence and Harassment

    MADISON – The University of Wisconsin System Task Force on Sexual Violence and Harassment presented its report Thursday to the Board of Regents, recommending all UW System employees and students complete sexual violence and harassment training. “Our campus communities should be safe and welcoming places to live, learn and work – and there is no

  3. “News from around the UW System”

    Report by President Ray Cross to the Board of Regents  UW-Eau Claire computer science students in Dr. Chris Johnson’s class are creating instructional models and games to help their classmates with their first-year courses.  Many students enter the computer science program without any high school class experience – and these games provide a skills-gap solution

  4. Sexual Violence and Harassment Task Force Focuses on Enhancing Safe Living, Learning, Working Environments at UW

    President Cross approves training for all students and employees systemwide

    Today, University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross approved a task force report that recommends all UW System employees and students complete sexual violence and harassment training.  It also integrates trauma-informed principles into policies and resources as part of the UW System’s efforts to prevent and respond to sexual violence and harassment on campus. “Our

  5. UW System’s Economic Development Efforts Earn National Recognition

    Innovative Business Partnerships Helping State

    The University of Wisconsin System has earned national recognition from the University Economic Development Association (UEDA) for promoting economic prosperity by helping students and alumni build career connections with area businesses. The UW System was one of four finalists in the 2016 UEDA Awards of Excellence innovation category from nominations submitted throughout North America. “The

  6. UW System presents VETS certification to six institutions, recognizing exceptional service to student veterans

    MADISON – The University of Wisconsin System today presented Veterans Education and Transition to Success (VETS) certifications to six institutions at the Board of Regents meeting.  All UW institutions are continuing to enhance their support to student veterans by providing a wide range of critical supportive services, including counseling, a welcoming campus environment, and giving

  7. Board of Regents Discusses Accelerating Time to Graduation for Students

    Today, the Board of Regents discussed accelerating time to graduation for students as part of the UW System’s 2020FWD strategic framework. “Time to graduate is one of the most important factors in college affordability.  If students can graduate in a shorter amount of time, they pay less.  It also avoids missed ‘opportunity costs’ because they

  8. President Cross Reaffirms Commitment to Operational Excellence in the UW System

    Today, University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross reiterated his commitment to maintaining and enhancing operational excellence in the UW System, the fourth component of the System’s strategic framework, 2020FWD: Moving Wisconsin and the World Forward.  The framework will provide strategic direction for the UW System in four key areas:  the educational pipeline, the university

  9. Board of Regents Honors MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant Award Winner Anne Basting, UW-Milwaukee Professor

    Today, the Board of Regents honored UW-Milwaukee professor Anne Basting, who was recently named a 2016 MacArthur Fellow.  Basting was one of 23 new fellows announced by the MacArthur Foundation in September, which awards fellowships to people who have shown “extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction.” Basting

  10. “News from around the UW System”

    Report by President Ray Cross to the Board of Regents UW-Madison’s Office of Quality Improvement has won an international award for facilitation. The office received a silver Facilitation Impact Award from the International Association of Facilitators. It serves as an internal consulting service providing services including strategic planning, project management, restructuring, process improvement, and change

  11. UW System to Recognize Six Institutions for Earning UW VETS Certification

    UW System Awarded Nearly $23 Million in UW-funded Veterans Tuition Benefits in Fiscal Year 2016

    A day before Veteran’s Day, the University of Wisconsin (UW) System will honor six of its institutions at the upcoming Board of Regents meeting on November 10 for achieving UW Veterans Education and Transition to Success (VETS) Certification.  In addition to the undergraduate and graduate tuition benefits the UW System awards to veterans under the Wisconsin

  12. Students and teachers recognized for outstanding achievements by Alliant Energy Foundation and UW System

    MADISON – Four UW System students and three UW System teachers have been recognized by the Alliant Energy Foundation and the University of Wisconsin System for their outstanding achievements. “Congratulations to these impressive students and inspiring instructors,” said UW System President Ray Cross. “We are proud to partner with Alliant Energy to recognize their outstanding

  13. Board of Regents approves resolution on college affordability (day 2 news summary)

    EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved a broad resolution on college affordability Friday that included resident undergraduate tuition recommendations for the 2017-19 biennium. The Regents unanimously approved a freeze in resident undergraduate tuition for the 2017-18 academic year and an increase in 2018-19 of no more than the

  14. Board of Regents Discuss College Affordability

    Today, the Board of Regents adopted a resolution related to all five components of college affordability:  state funding, financial aid, cost to deliver, tuition, and time to graduate.  Time to graduate is one of the most important factors – the longer it takes to get a degree, the higher the cost.  The Board also recommended

  15. UW System Vice President to be Chief Financial Officer in Tennessee System

    David L. Miller, vice president for administration and fiscal affairs for the University of Wisconsin System, has announced that he has accepted a new position as chief financial officer for the University of Tennessee System.  He plans to take office there in January 2017. “It has been a privilege to be part of the University

  16. “News from around the UW System”

    Report by President Ray Cross to the Board of Regents   Last week, the international news agency Reuters released its top 100 rankings of the most innovative universities in the world for 2016. I am proud to report that the UW System ranks #13 worldwide. The Reuters list relies exclusively on empirical data – such

  17. President Cross announces new UW System Business Council (day 1 news summary)

    EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – President Ray Cross announced Thursday that he is forming a University of Wisconsin (UW) System Business Council to advise the UW System about how the university can continue to best meet the needs of the state. The Council will include key business and industry leaders in diverse fields from around the

  18. UW System Announces New Business Council

    President Ray Cross announces he is forming a University of Wisconsin (UW) System Business Council that will include key business and industry leaders from around the state with diverse backgrounds and experience.  The Council will advise the UW System about how the university can continue to best meet the needs of Wisconsin. “The challenges Wisconsin

  19. A UW System Degree is Worth the Investment

    By Ray Cross, President, University of Wisconsin System

    When we are young, we dream about our future and what we will become.  We are excited to spread our wings and see what adventures lie ahead. If you have children, you have dreams for their future. You want them to thrive, be happy, and have a better life than you could ever imagine. Often,

  20. UW System Ranks #13 in World for Innovation

    Today, Reuters announces its Top 100:  The World’s Most Innovative Universities – 2016.  The University of Wisconsin (UW) System ranks #13 in this world-wide ranking. “We work together to provide a quality education and, on behalf of all UW System institutions, we are incredibly proud of this ranking,” says UW System President Ray Cross.  “We

  21. New Website Connects Wisconsin Employers to UW Student Talent

    UW System creating talent pathways to fill statewide workforce needs

    The UW System announces the launch of its Career Connect website that connects Wisconsin employers with students for internships, job shadowing, and potential careers.  Career Connect was created in-house to help students get experience in their chosen field, while employers have the opportunity to capitalize on the talent at UW institutions. “This is a win-win-win

  22. Solutions for Student Debt: A Call to Action

    Investment in UW System Key to Helping Students and Families with College Affordability

    UW System President Ray Cross is calling for public and legislative support for its 2017-19 biennial budget proposal, which is aimed at helping keep college affordable for the approximately 180,000 students who attend a UW institution each year. “College affordability is a top priority for Wisconsin families.  We help our students through financial aid counseling

  23. Regents Millner & Behling: UW System is the state’s best return on investment

    As Regents, we have a strong responsibility to keep the University of Wisconsin System affordable and accessible for Wisconsin families. We feel just as strongly about protecting the quality and excellence for which the UW System is known the world over. The reasons for ensuring this are compelling. Wisconsin benefits when UW graduates choose to

  24. Regents approve UW System’s 2020FWD strategic framework, 2017-19 biennial operating and capital budgets (news summary)

    MADISON – The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents on Thursday unanimously approved the UW System’s new strategic framework, “2020FWD: Moving Wisconsin and the World Forward.” “The boldness of 2020FWD is rooted in its simplicity,” said UW System President Ray Cross. “We have crafted a framework for the future of the University of Wisconsin System

  25. Board of Regents Approves UW System’s 2020FWD Strategic Framework Focused on Affordability, Excellence, and Developing Tomorrow’s Workforce

    Board Also Approves 2017-19 Biennial Budget Request to Fund 2020FWD Initiatives

    Today, the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved the UW System’s strategic framework, 2020FWD: Moving Wisconsin and the World Forward. UW System President Ray Cross told the board the framework is designed to provide strategic direction for the UW System in four key areas:  the educational pipeline, the university experience, business and community

  26. “News from around the UW System”

    Report by President Ray Cross to the Board of Regents UW-Parkside’s App Factory has been honored by University Business magazine for innovative approaches to student success on campus. The App Factory employs 20 interns, who earn course credit and are paid to develop mobile apps and web tools for clients in the community. Congratulations, Chancellor

  27. UW System Announces 2020FWD Initiatives Focused on Affordability, Excellence and Developing Tomorrow’s Workforce

    2017-19 Biennial Budget Request to Fund 2020FWD Initiatives

    The University of Wisconsin System announces release of its 2020FWD: Moving Wisconsin and the World Forward strategic framework, which outlines initiatives to help keep college affordable for Wisconsin families and develop the workforce the state will need in the future.  It will reinvigorate the state’s economy and enhance the lives of the people of Wisconsin.

  28. President Cross: Now is the Time to Stand with Your UW

    Over the last nine months, UW System leaders and I held listening sessions around the state, surveying the public, and meeting with focused stakeholder groups about the future of Wisconsin. What did we hear? First and foremost, the people of Wisconsin are proud of the University of Wisconsin System. That emotion was universal and heartfelt. People are

  29. DWD & UW System: In today’s job market, an internship helps students and employers succeed

    A Guest Column by Secretary Ray Allen, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, and Dr. Ray Cross, President of the University of Wisconsin System

    In today’s job market, internships are a proven means to secure employment after graduation. A well-written resume and cover letter goes a long way, but demonstrating professionalism in a work environment provides a potential employer with a glimpse of how an intern can benefit their business long-term and gives them confidence to invest in a

  30. Regents bestow UW System’s highest honors for teaching excellence (day 2 news summary)

    MILWAUKEE – The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents honored two professors and one academic program for their outstanding achievements in teaching, when they bestowed the UW System’s highest recognition for members of its faculty and academic staff at Friday’s meeting at UW-Milwaukee. The 2016 recipients of the 24th annual Regents Teaching Excellence Awards are:

  31. UW System Board of Regents leadership re-elected

    MILWAUKEE, Wis. – By unanimous vote, Regent Regina M. Millner of Madison was today re-elected President of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, and Regent John Behling of Eau Claire was re-elected to serve as Vice President of the Board. Both positions have a one-year term. First appointed to the Board in 2012,

  32. Regents approve UW-Extension’s Flexible Option business degree

    Innovative program aims to meet needs of working adults, Wisconsin employers

    MILWAUKEE, Wis. – As a next step for one of the University of Wisconsin System’s most innovative programs, the UW System Board of Regents today approved giving UW-Extension authority to implement an online, competency-based Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree. The baccalaureate degree program – the first to be developed and offered directly

  33. “News from around the UW System”

    Report by President Ray Cross to the Board of Regents A UW-Milwaukee microbiologist, Sandra McLellan, is helping an area Lake Michigan beach – Bradford Beach – enjoy a new day in the sun after aggressive cleanup and naturalization efforts improved water quality and boosted overall beach health. Just in time for summer!      

  34. Focused on affordability, Regents recommend increased state funding for financial aid (day 1 news summary)

    MILWAUKEE – With college affordability a top priority, the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved a UW System proposal recommending increased state funding for financial aid at its meeting Thursday at UW-Milwaukee. The UW System will request an increase of $6,384,100 in 2017-18 and an additional $6,384,100 in 2018-19 for the Wisconsin Grant-University

  35. Focused on affordability, Regents approve financial aid boost

    MADISON, Wis. – With college affordability a top priority, the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approved a UW System proposal recommending increased state funding for financial aid at its meeting Thursday at UW-Milwaukee. The UW System is requesting an increase of $6,384,100 in 2017-18 and an additional $6,384,100 in 2018-19 for the Wisconsin

  36. CORE Project reaffirms UW System commitment to operational excellence and efficiency

    MADISON, Wis. – A national leader in efficient administrative functions, the University of Wisconsin System is renewing its commitment to streamline and centralize its administrative operations throughout the state, including human resources, information technology, purchasing and budgeting operations. On June 10, at its meetings at UW-Milwaukee, the UW System Board of Regents will hear details

  37. UW System honors students for essays on the value of liberal education

    MADISON, Wis. – University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross has announced three undergraduate student winners of the annual UW System Liberal Arts Essay Scholarship Competition. Now in its 11th year, the competition was established to support and promote student learning and liberal education throughout the state’s public university system. This year’s essay prompt invited

  38. Regents honor outstanding UW System teachers

    MADISON, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will honor two professors and one academic program for their outstanding achievements in teaching, when they bestow the UW System’s highest recognition for members of its faculty and academic staff on June 10. “These outstanding educators set a high benchmark for innovative approaches to

  39. Building commission approves projects for six UW campuses

    MADISON, Wis. – The State Building Commission on Wednesday approved renovations, energy and water conservation projects and other key upgrades at six University of Wisconsin System campuses. Approved projects included: UW-La Crosse: Center for Arts elevator/entrance improvements UW-La Crosse: Graff Main Hall storm water improvements UW-Madison: Cole Beach tennis/volleyball lighting UW-Madison: Engineering Hall plaza/entrance UW-Madison:

  40. President Cross: Wisconsin Technology Council report reaffirms UW System’s critical role as economic driver

    University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross said a report released by the Wisconsin Technology Council this week strengthens the case for supporting higher education given its critical role as an economic driver in the state. As part of its findings, the report, “The Value of Higher Education to Wisconsin’s Economy,” reaffirms that further cuts

  41. Statement from University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross

    “Today, I have the honor of participating in a celebration at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, marking its recent designation as one of the country’s top-tier research universities. This honor is the result of and a tribute to years of hard work, innovative thinking, collaborative partnerships and the commitment of so many people. This is the

  42. UW System President Cross, Regents President Millner on May 2 UW-Madison Faculty Senate resolution

    President Ray Cross: “While I respect the right of the UW-Madison Faculty Senate to voice its concerns, I disagree with the resolution approved today. As president of the System and a faculty member, it is critically important that I advocate for UW-Madison and all UW System institutions. My role also requires me to work in

  43. UW System weighs in on FLSA changes

    A joint letter on behalf of University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross and all 14 UW System Chancellors requests that the White House and Office of Management and Budget reconsider proposed changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act regulations related to overtime compensation. As applied to the UW System, the proposed sharp increases to

  44. 140 students to showcase undergraduate research at 13th annual Posters in the Rotunda

    Exploring Snapchat as a dynamic tool for social exchange in persons with language impairment. The direct effect of cycling on neuromuscular control of running in triathletes. Monitoring carbon dioxide and methane levels above active and retired landfills. Those are just three of the undergraduate research and scholarly topics among the dozens that University of Wisconsin

  45. Regent President Millner calls for UW System task force to focus on ensuring quality college experience for all students (day 2 news summary)

    GREEN BAY, Wis. – Board of Regents President Regina Millner called Friday for the creation of a University of Wisconsin System task force to evaluate the overall college experience of UW students – with a particular focus on underrepresented minority students. The task force will also be asked to provide recommendations for improvements, as needed.

  46. UW System Regent President announces task force to examine underrepresented minority students’ experiences

    GREEN BAY, Wis. – University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents President Regina Millner called Friday for the creation of a UW System task force to evaluate the overall college experience of UW students – with a particular focus on underrepresented minority students. The task force will also be asked to provide recommendations for improvements,

  47. “News from around the UW System”

    Report by President Ray Cross to the Board of Regents UW-Green Bay has had several reasons to dance over the last month, a couple of which you may have heard about. Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams were named Horizon League champions and earned an invitation to NCAA Tournament. This marked the first time since

  48. Regents updated on student health, well-being and safety factors that impact college success (day 1 news summary)

    GREEN BAY, Wis. – Student success in college is impacted by a myriad of factors, including student health, well-being and safety, according to a report presented Thursday to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents. “It is a vital part of our commitment to students in the UW System that we meet their needs both

  49. UW System President Ray Cross on Board of Regents Education Committee approval of UW-Madison tenure policies

    “The UW-Madison faculty tenure policies and procedures approved today by the Board of Regents Education Committee protect the principles of academic freedom and sustain the University’s standing in a competitive, global marketplace for faculty expertise. I appreciate the efforts of Chancellor Blank, Provost Mangelsdorf and the UW-Madison faculty in helping develop a policy that comports

  50. Regents to honor winners of 2016 Academic Staff Awards for Excellence

    MADISON, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will honor this year’s recipients of the Academic Staff Awards for Excellence at its regular board meeting April 8 in Green Bay. This is the UW System’s highest recognition bestowed on members of its academic staff. “This year’s award winners represent the outstanding commitment

  51. UW System President Cross thanks Senate for passage of College Affordability package

    MADISON, Wis. – University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross thanked the Wisconsin Senate for passage today of the College Affordability legislative package. The College Affordability bills approved by the Senate provide better and clearer information to inform students of their debt commitments and offer small, targeted micro-grants to assist students at the two-year UW

  52. Board of Regents approve tenure policies for UW System (news summary)

    Revised, new policies preserve academic freedom, competitive position

    MADISON, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents approved three policies today that ensure strong tenure in the UW System. “The new policies protect the principles of academic freedom. They sustain our competitiveness in the global marketplace for faculty expertise, research prowess and teaching talent. They enhance our accountability to Wisconsin citizens and

  53. Board of Regents approve tenure policies for UW System

    Revised, new policies preserve academic freedom, competitive position

    MADISON, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents approved three policies today that ensure strong tenure in the UW System. “The new policies protect the principles of academic freedom. They sustain our competitiveness in the global marketplace for faculty expertise, research prowess and teaching talent. They enhance our accountability to Wisconsin citizens and

  54. UW System President Ray Cross salutes UW-Milwaukee’s designation as research leader

    MADISON – University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross says the recent news that UW-Milwaukee has earned the highest rating for a research institution from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education is strong validation of UW-Milwaukee’s evolving and expanding research role. Earlier this month, Carnegie gave UW-Milwaukee its “highest research activity” rating, a

  55. UW System President Cross thanks Assembly for passage of College Affordability package

    MADISON, Wis. – University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross thanked the Wisconsin Assembly for passage this week of the College Affordability legislative package. “Improving the affordability of a university experience is critically important to our students and their families, and we greatly appreciate the Assembly’s passage of the college affordability bills. We thank the

  56. UW System President Cross thanks legislature for passage of distance learning legislation

    MADISON, Wis. – University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross thanked the Wisconsin legislature for its passage this week of the Midwestern State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA). The M-SARA bill, offered by Sen. Sheila Harsdorf and Rep. Joan Ballweg, creates a Distance Learning Authorization Board attached to the Higher Educational Aids Board. The new board

  57. Education Committee recommends adoption of Tenure Task Force’s new and revised Regent policies (day 2 news summary)

    MADISON, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents’ Education Committee voted unanimously on Friday to recommend adoption of three new or revised Regent Policy Documents that continue tenure and lay out new processes for faculty layoffs or termination. “These policies were drafted with three goals in mind: to reaffirm this board’s and

  58. “News from around the UW System”

    Report by President Ray Cross to the Board of Regents UW-Oshkosh’s newly modernized academic building—Clow Social Science Center—has reopened its doors. The building underwent a complete renovation and offers UW-Oshkosh nursing students state-of-the-art, innovative learning spaces, including a simulation suite designed to replicate a hospital setting, new faculty-student collaborative labs, and much more. The building opened to

  59. Remarks by UW System President Ray Cross to Board of Regents regarding UW System’s commitment to diversity, inclusivity

    On Jan. 21, I had the opportunity to meet with several students of color from UW System institutions and members of the United Council. Some of the students joining us here today were among those to discuss how to improve the experiences of students of color on our campuses. We talked about what the UW

  60. Board of Regents honors faculty research, innovation with Regent Scholar spotlight, grants (day 1 news summary)

    MADISON, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents recognized three Regent Scholar grant recipients for 2016 and presented them with award certificates in the Research, Economic Development, and Innovation (REDI) Committee during the Board’s Feb. 4 meetings at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. “I love the notion that we have the potential here

  61. Winners of Regents’ Diversity Awards announced

    MADISON, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will honor the eighth annual winners of its Regents’ Diversity Awards on Feb. 5 in Madison. The awards program was established by the Board to recognize and support individuals and programs in the UW System that foster access and success in university life for

  62. UW System Regent Scholars to be honored for research, innovation, entrepreneurship

    MADISON – The Research, Economic Development, and Innovation (REDI) Committee of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will recognize three recipients of Regent Scholar grants at the board’s Feb. 4 meeting in Madison. The Regent Scholar program was introduced in 2014 to recognize and reward innovative faculty-student research and to provide support for

  63. UW System President, Regent President applaud State of the State focus on student access, opportunity, affordability

    MADISON, Wis. – University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross and Board of Regents President Regina Millner commended the strong focus on college affordability and three-year-degree proposals Governor Scott Walker included in his 2016 State of the State address. President Cross said the educational priorities identified by the Governor and the legislature align with priorities

  64. UW System President Ray Cross on Governor Walker’s college affordability, internship proposals

    “The UW System is committed to ensuring access to an affordable, world-class education for Wisconsin families. We applaud the leadership of Governor Walker, Representatives Macco and Murphy and Senators Harsdorf and Marklein for advancing these proposals. The UW System is a dedicated partner with these leaders and the many others working to help build a

  65. James P. Henderson to lead UW System academic and student affairs

    MADISON, Wis. – University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross today announced that James P. Henderson will be the System’s next Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. Henderson currently serves as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, La.  In this position, he also helped to develop a