1. UW System focused on continuing to best serve the State through and beyond the COVID-19 crisis (news summary)

    MADISON, Wis.—President Ray Cross told the Board of Regents today the University of Wisconsin System will be seeking immediate flexibility and regulatory relief to continue to best serve students, faculty, staff, and communities through the COVID-19 crisis. Cross told Regents the UW System submitted a letter making the request Wednesday to Governor Evers, Senate Majority […]

  2. UW System Board of Regents leadership re-elected

    MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents today re-elected Andrew S. Petersen to another one-year term as president. The vote was unanimous. The Regents also re-elected Michael M. Grebe as vice president. Regent Petersen has served on the Board since 2013 and is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs for TDS Telecom […]

  3. UW System Presidential Search Committee names Jim Johnsen finalist

    University of Alaska System President will interview next week

    MADISON, Wis.—The search process for the next president of the University of Wisconsin System is moving to the next phase with the selection of University of Alaska System President Jim Johnsen as a finalist who will go through multiple committee and shared governance interviews next week. “The candidate pool that was developed and reviewed by […]

  4. Regents announce Academic Staff Excellence Awards for 2020

    Educators in Kenosha, Superior, and River Falls recognized for work to support student success

    MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents today announced this year’s recipients of the Academic Staff Excellence Awards. These awards recognize exceptional service to the university and are the UW System’s highest recognition bestowed on members of its academic staff. The recipients were originally to have been honored at the Board of Regents […]

  5. UW System graduates generate remarkable earnings growth

    Original data analysis matched earnings, location, and employment information for 12,000 graduates

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System graduates earn a median salary of nearly $50,000 annually just a year after securing their bachelor’s degrees, according to a first-of-its kind data analysis. After five years the median earnings of graduates surpass $66,000. Though the specific wages vary, such earnings growth occurs for graduates in any UW degree program. […]

  6. Connie Foster appointed UW-River Falls interim chancellor

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross has named Connie Foster as the interim chancellor of UW-River Falls. Foster is a higher education and leadership consultant who spent 23 years as a faculty member, administrator, and interim chancellor at UW-River Falls. “Connie has a national reputation as a university expert due to her variety […]

  7. UW System engaging stakeholders on ‘Blueprint’

    By Andrew S. Petersen, President, Board of Regents, University of Wisconsin System

    The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives. In higher education, it has sparked pointed questions locally and nationally about the short-term operations and long-term future of the University of Wisconsin System. When the time came to hold a public discussion on the Blueprint for the University of Wisconsin System Beyond COVID-19, UW System President Ray […]

  8. UW System Statements on UW-River Falls Chancellor Dean Van Galen

    Chancellor Van Galen named president of Missouri Southern State University

    MADISON, Wis.— University of Wisconsin System leadership issued these statements today:   UW System Regent President Andrew S. Petersen: “Chancellor Van Galen has been an exceptional leader and chancellor for the UW System. His commitment to UW-River Falls students, faculty development, and innovative program delivery is noteworthy. Dean’s ability to analyze, plan, and implement change […]

  9. UW System holds listening sessions on blueprint for future

    Virtual sessions will be held regionally with shared governance leaders

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents President Andrew S. Petersen announced today a series of virtual stakeholder partner meetings to discuss and solicit feedback on the Blueprint for the UW System Beyond COVID-19. The dialogues will also seek other reform ideas from shared governance leaders. The meetings follow the release last week of […]

  10. President Cross presents blueprint for strong, post-pandemic UW System (news summary)

    MADISON, Wis.—President Ray Cross presented the Board of Regents with a proposed blueprint for how the University of Wisconsin System should respond to the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic at a special virtual meeting today. Cross told Regents the financial impact of the COVID crisis on higher education nationwide will be devastating for […]

  11. Regents announce outstanding UW System teachers for 2020

    Educators in Eau Claire, Superior, and Oshkosh recognized with Regents’ top teaching award

    MADISON, Wis.—The UW System Board of Regents today announced the 28th annual recipients of its Teaching Excellence Awards. The awards recognize outstanding teaching and are the UW System’s highest recognition for members of its faculty and instructional academic staff. Each recipient is awarded $7,500. The recipients were to have been honored at the Board of […]

  12. UW System forms Plan Ahead Team to prepare for fall 2020

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross announced today that the UW System’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has formed a Plan Ahead Team to review best practices and identify criteria for a return to in-person instruction for fall 2020. “We fully expect to remain open in the fall,” said Cross. “How we deliver education […]

  13. Apply to UW two-year campuses for free June 5–15, 2020

    This is the first time a free application period has been offered systemwide

    MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System is offering an 11-day free application period for anyone applying to one of its two-year campuses for fall 2020 or spring 2021 semesters. The free application period will run June 5–15, 2020. “We understand this is an extremely difficult time, and prospective students are faced with complicated decisions as […]

  14. UW Extended Campus accepting applications for new online degrees

    Associate of Arts & Sciences, Master of Science in Cybersecurity accepting applications for September 2020

    MADISON, Wis.—UW Extended Campus, in partnership with several University of Wisconsin System campuses, will offer two new online degrees starting in September 2020—the Associate of Arts and Sciences and the Master of Science in Cybersecurity. Applications are now being accepted for the degree programs. “Adding the Associate and Cybersecurity degree programs expands our ability to meet […]

  15. UW System’s change to new digital platform leads to rapid online transition

    MADISON, Wis.—In the summer of 2017, the University of Wisconsin System began implementing its new online learning platform. As a result, the new platform has facilitated the transition of thousands of in-person courses to online delivery in a matter of weeks, a large-scale success in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We never could have […]

  16. UW System to make applying to UW universities easier this fall

    MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System announced today a series of changes to admissions policies that will make it easier for students to enroll this fall. The changes include reducing the undergraduate application fee effective immediately, accepting unofficial high school transcripts for admission consideration, and holding students harmless for changes in admissions testing, grading formats, […]

  17. UW System institutions continue to serve students, Board meets virtually (news summary)

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross told the Board of Regents today in a virtual meeting that the University’s commitment to the Wisconsin Idea of serving every corner of the state continues, despite COVID-19. “We are now doing many things differently, but the University of Wisconsin System institutions remain open. I am enormously […]

  18. Michael Alexander named new chancellor of UW-Green Bay

    Appointment takes effect May 1

    MADISON, Wis.—Dr. Michael Alexander, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, has been named the seventh Chancellor of the university, which has campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan. The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents today unanimously approved Alexander’s appointment, following a recommendation made by a […]

  19. UW System to launch new EApp electronic application

    New EApp will reduce fees, offer easier navigation, and allow first-time applicants to apply to any UW System university

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross announced today the creation of a new electronic application system, EApp, to be launched this fall for prospective students applying to attend a UW System university. The new EApp will provide reduced application fees, offer easier navigation, and allow first-time undergraduate applicants to apply to more than […]

  20. UW System recognizes three professors as 2020 Regent Scholars honored for distinction in research, innovation, entrepreneurship

    MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System announces the selection of three 2020 Regent Scholar recipients distinguished for their extraordinary efforts in support of undergraduate research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Prior to the COVID-19 restrictions now in place, faculty scholars from three UW System institutions were to be honored at the April meeting of the UW System […]

  21. Wisconsin SBDC to assist businesses with disaster loan applications

    Free consulting also available to help owners cope with challenges caused by COVID-19 pandemic

    MADISON, Wis.—The Wisconsin Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is helping small businesses apply for federal disaster loans to mitigate the substantial economic injury as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering designated states and territories, including Wisconsin as of March 20, low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans […]

  22. UW System to offer prorated room and board refunds

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross announced today that all UW System institutions will refund the prorated charges for housing and dining for the remainder of the spring semester for students who have vacated their respective universities. Cross said the decision is a response to the evolving situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic […]

  23. UW-Stevens Point Chancellor Search and Screen Committee named

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross and Board of Regents President Andrew S. Petersen have finalized a 12-member Search and Screen Committee to help identify the next chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. In accordance with Regent Policy Document 6-4, the Search and Screen Committee is composed of 10 voting members, including […]

  24. UW System undergraduates showcase research in Capitol Rotunda in 17th annual event

    MADISON, Wis.—Students from across the University of Wisconsin System showcased their innovative undergraduate research today at the UW System’s 17th annual Research in the Rotunda event in the State Capitol. “These projects represent the UW System’s ongoing commitment to build the talent pipeline, instill knowledge, and develop ideas that are instrumental to Wisconsin’s future,” said […]

  25. UW System to host national public summit on preventing sexual harassment in higher education

    MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System will host the second annual national Public Summit of the Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education at UW-Milwaukee on October 19-20, 2020. The public summit is an open forum for higher education leaders, faculty, staff, and students to identify, discuss, and elevate innovative and effective approaches […]

  26. Statements on the retirement of UW-Stevens Point Chancellor Bernie Patterson

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point Chancellor Bernie Patterson announced on Monday that he will retire as of January 2021. University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross: “Over the past decade and in a time of considerable challenges, Bernie has shown an unwavering commitment to UW-Stevens Point’s core mission of helping students succeed. It is highlighted […]

  27. Wisconsin SBDC celebrates 40 years of helping businesses

    Support from UW System universities integral to success

    MADISON, Wis.—The Wisconsin Small Business Development (SBDC) Network is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2020 as one of the first SBDCs in the country. U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin paved the way for this critical assistance to new and existing businesses by spearheading the Small Business Development Act of 1980. Today, the Wisconsin SBDC […]

  28. UW-Green Bay chancellor finalists named

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross today announced four finalists for the position of chancellor at University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, a four-campus university with locations in Green Bay, Manitowoc, Marinette, and Sheboygan. A 12-member Search and Screen Committee, led by Regent Robert Atwell and Professor of Biology Michael Draney, recommended a list of […]

  29. University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents approves new online Master of Science in Cybersecurity

    New graduate degree program aims to fill major cybersecurity talent gap

    MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents has granted its approval to offer a 12-course, 34-credit online master’s degree in cybersecurity. The program is a collaboration of University of Wisconsin Extended Campus and eight UW System campuses: UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW‑Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Superior. The new online […]

  30. UW System kicks off second round of All In Wisconsin tour stops at UW-Milwaukee

    President Cross, Regent President Petersen announce campus climate survey

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross and Regent President Andrew S. Petersen, along with Regents Eve Hall and Torrey Tiedeman, joined UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone for a series of events at UW-Milwaukee today in the ninth stop of UW System’s All In Wisconsin tour, aimed at demonstrating the value the UW System brings […]

  31. Regents recognize 12th annual Diversity Awards recipients (day 2 news summary)

    MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents honored the recipients of the 12th annual Regents’ Diversity Awards today. These awards recognize individuals and programs that foster access and success for students who are members of historically underrepresented populations. “These outstanding people and programs are making a profound impact on their campus communities, increasing […]

  32. News Around the UW System – February 2020

    Report to the Board of Regents UW-Madison’s South Madison Partnership will soon have four times the space to support its growth as a community resource. Currently, more than 1,000 people each month take part in the Partnership’s diverse programming, from educational courses to health and legal services. A new Odyssey Family Learning Center will serve […]

  33. UW System explores strategies to narrow achievement gaps (day 1 news summary)

    MADISON, Wis.—The persistent achievement gap between white students and students of color is a significant national issue but also one that is especially profound in some parts of Wisconsin. It’s a challenge the University of Wisconsin System must address, according to UW leadership. “We need to constantly seek to find answers,” said Regent President Andrew […]

  34. UW System reports to Regents on public records improvements

    MADISON, Wis.— The University of Wisconsin System is continually seeking to improve public accountability and public records access. Today, the System’s Director of Compliance and Integrity together with the Public Records Coordinator briefed the Board of Regents Audit Committee about improvements in public records responsiveness and tracking. Director of Compliance and Integrity Katie Ignatowski and […]

  35. UW System Board of Regents announces 2020 Diversity Awards

    Educators in Milwaukee, Menomonie, and Madison recognized for work to support student success

    MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will honor the recipients of the 12th annual Regents’ Diversity Awards on February 7 in Madison at the next Regents meeting. These awards recognize individuals and programs that foster access and success for students who are members of historically underrepresented populations. Each recipient is awarded $7,500 […]

  36. Statements on Gerald Whitburn’s resignation from the UW System Board of Regents

    MADISON, Wis.—Gerald Whitburn has notified the Governor and the University of Wisconsin System of his immediate resignation from the UW System Board of Regents. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, UW System Board of Regents President Andrew S. Petersen, and UW System President Ray Cross issued these statements today regarding Whitburn’s announcement:   “I thank Gerald Whitburn […]

  37. Regent President Petersen statement on State of the State address

    MADISON, Wis. – University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents President Andrew S. Petersen issued this statement today: “We appreciate the Governor’s continued commitment to champion affordable, high-quality public universities here in Wisconsin. As the state’s primary magnet for developing, attracting, and retaining talent, we believe the Governor shares our belief that the UW System can […]

  38. Statement by Regent President Petersen on plea by former UW Oshkosh officials

    MADISON, Wis. – University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents President Andrew S. Petersen issued this statement today: “Today’s guilty pleas are the result of a three-year process to bring about public accountability, while affording UW Oshkosh the ability to renew its focus on its students and mission. We are gratified that DOJ and UW System’s […]