1. UW-River Falls reaches 70% threshold for student vaccinations

    MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System announced today that UW-River Falls has attained a 70 percent vaccination rate among students. “This is quite an accomplishment for the students of UW-River […]

  2. University of Wisconsin System celebrates 50th anniversary

    MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System celebrates its 50th anniversary today. On Oct. 12, 1971, legislation signed days earlier by Gov. Patrick J. Lucey took effect that merged the state’s […]

  3. University of Wisconsin System statements on Chancellor Blank’s announcement today

    MADISON, Wis.—UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank announced today that she will be leaving the university to assume the leadership of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. UW System Regent President Edmund Manydeeds […]

  4. Regents honor recipients of University Staff Excellence Awards (day 2 news summary)

    OSHKOSH, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents today honored the recipients of the inaugural University Staff Excellence Awards. These awards recognize exceptional service to the university […]

  5. UW System celebrates 50th anniversary of its founding (day 1 news summary)

    OSHKOSH, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin System is turning 50. Fifty years ago, on Oct. 8, 1971, Gov. Patrick J. Lucey signed the bill formalizing the merger of Wisconsin’s […]

  6. Regents announce University Staff Excellence Awards for 2021

    Inaugural awards honor staff in Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Kenosha for work to support UW System mission

    MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents today announced the recipients of the inaugural University Staff Excellence Awards. These awards recognize exceptional service to the university and are […]

  7. UW-Stout reaches 70% threshold for student vaccinations

    MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System announced today that UW-Stout has attained a 70 percent vaccination rate among students. “Momentum continues to build across the UW System for student vaccination,” […]

  8. Student demand for UW counseling services high, key to keeping them enrolled

    MADISON, Wis.—More than 80 percent of University of Wisconsin System students who sought mental health counseling at their universities during the last academic year reported improvements in their well-being, and […]

  9. UW System announces two additional universities have reached 70% threshold

    Vax Up! “70 for 70” deadline extended by two weeks

    MADISON, Wis.—The UW System announced today that two additional universities have now attained a 70 percent vaccination rate among students: UW Oshkosh and UW-Whitewater. “Thanks to the students and all […]

  10. New credit transfer agreement to benefit Wisconsin students

    UW System, WTCS collaborate for seamless credit transfer

    MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System and the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) have signed a historic agreement that makes it easier for students to transfer from among up to […]

  11. UW System enrollment drops 1% for the fall semester, according to initial estimates

    MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System today released an initial fall 2021 enrollment estimate of 163,708 students, an estimated 1 percent decrease compared to fall 2020 based on initial first-day […]

  12. UW System returns to pre-pandemic levels of in-person instruction for Fall 2021

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson announced today that the System has returned to pre-pandemic levels of in-person undergraduate instruction for Fall 2021 while prioritizing the health and […]

  13. Comedian Charlie Berens joins President Thompson for Vax Up! “70 for 70” campaign

    MADISON, Wis.—Comedian Charlie Berens has joined the University of Wisconsin System’s Vax Up! “70 for 70” campaign to encourage students to become vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Berens famously squared […]

  14. UW System nursing, pharmacy students eligible for tuition credit in fall 2021

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System nursing and pharmacy students will have another opportunity to receive a $500 tuition credit for providing COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots, UW System President Tommy […]

  15. Running the UW System is our responsibility

    By Tommy Thompson, President, University of Wisconsin System

    The University of Wisconsin System owns a critical responsibility to open our classrooms this September to deliver the in-person education students deserve and parents expect. And we are planning to […]

  16. Why I got vaccinated – and why you should, too

    By Tommy Thompson, President, University of Wisconsin System

    When I had an opportunity to become vaccinated against COVID-19 last spring, I didn’t hesitate. The vaccine clearly was the best way for me to protect myself and the people […]

  17. UW System President Thompson statement on proposed JCRAR resolution

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson issued this statement today regarding a proposed resolution by the state’s Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules: “From day one when […]

  18. UW System President Thompson announces student vaccination incentive

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson today announced a new incentive program that provides an opportunity for UW students vaccinated against COVID-19 to win a $7,000 scholarship. Under […]

  19. UW System is a solution to workforce needs

    By Tommy Thompson, President, University of Wisconsin System

    Employers across Wisconsin have one thing on their mind as we emerge from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic: Employees. They can’t get enough. Yet, from Superior to Kenosha, Platteville […]

  20. UW System welcomes Tribal Nations leadership to discuss consultation policy (day 2 news summary)

    MADISON – The University of Wisconsin System is working to collaborate more closely with Wisconsin’s Tribal Nations to help more Native Americans access and succeed in higher education. The Board […]

  21. UW System Presidential Search Committee named

    Revised September 13, 2021, to reflect the addition of a committee member.  MADISON, Wis.—Edmund Manydeeds III, President of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, today appointed a 21-member […]

  22. Board approves UW System’s 2021-22 Annual Operating Budget (day 1 news summary)

    MADISON – The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents unanimously voted Thursday to approve a $6.564 billion annual operating budget for 2021-22. Key takeaways of the annual budget presented by […]

  23. UW System statement on state budget

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson and Regent President Edmund Manydeeds III issued this statement today: “The University of Wisconsin is the state’s greatest asset next to its […]

  24. UW System awards $1 million in scholarships to 267 students

    Awardees are first under new Regents Opportunity Scholarship

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson announced today that 267 UW System students will share $1 million in scholarships under the new Wisconsin Regents Opportunity Scholarship program. The […]

  25. Thompson announces new Vice President for Office of University Relations

    Jeff Buhrandt succeeds Scott Neitzel, who resigns after playing a key role during a challenging year

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson announced today that he has named Jeff Buhrandt as Interim Vice President for University Relations, replacing Scott Neitzel who is resigning his […]

  26. UW System pandemic response critical for Wisconsin

    By Tommy Thompson, President, University of Wisconsin System

    “Having launched a vaccination site at a few campuses, the System did save the state, and I want to say that publicly. The System saved the state, in its responsibility […]

  27. New fall freshman applications to UW System universities are up by nearly one-third

    UW System strategies propel application increases

    MADISON, Wis.—New fall freshman applications for University of Wisconsin System universities are up by about 30 percent over each of the last two years. Moreover, applications by Wisconsin residents, first-generation […]

  28. Statement from UW System President Tommy Thompson on Juneteenth

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson issued this statement today: “Celebrating the historic legislation that makes Juneteenth a federal holiday provides us the ability to acknowledge the devastating […]

  29. UW System President Tommy Thompson statement on pay plan

    MADISON, Wis.— UW System President Tommy Thompson issued this statement today: “The UW System’s faculty and staff are the best in the country and that has never been clearer than […]

  30. UW-Whitewater Chancellor Dwight Watson resigns; former UW System leader Jim Henderson named interim

    Chancellor cites health condition

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson announced today that UW-Whitewater Chancellor Dwight Watson has resigned, citing health concerns. Thompson appointed former UW System Vice President for Academic and […]

  31. UW Extended Campus, in partnership with UW System campuses, to launch five new online certificates this fall

    Certificates offer skills training in high-demand fields: bioinformatics, data science, health care informatics, senior living, and sustainability and well-being

    MADISON, Wis.—UW Extended Campus, in partnership with University of Wisconsin System campuses, will offer five new online certificates aligned with industry needs and high-growth occupations in September 2021. The new […]

  32. UW System President Tommy Thompson statement on capital budget

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson issued this statement today: “We appreciate the committee’s investment in maintenance and repair funding for our current facilities, and in moving forward […]

  33. UW System President Thompson statement on budget lapse elimination

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson issued this statement today: “When Governor Evers announced the lapses, I understood his desire to be fiscally responsible during the pandemic, and […]

  34. Regents honor recipients of Academic Staff Excellence Awards (day 2 news summary)

    MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents today honored the recipients of the Academic Staff Excellence Awards for both 2021 and 2020. These awards acknowledge exceptional […]

  35. UW System Regents elect Edmund Manydeeds III as President and Karen Walsh as Vice President to one-year terms

    MILWAUKEE, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents on Friday elected Regent Edmund Manydeeds III to a one-year term as president. Manydeeds, a graduate of UW-Superior and UW-Madison, succeeds […]

  36. UW System preparing for return to pre-pandemic campus life in Fall 2021 (day 1 news summary)

    MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Returning to pre-pandemic campus life in Fall 2021 is a top priority around the University of Wisconsin System, and three chancellors spoke up today about how they’re […]

  37. Regents announce Academic Staff Excellence Awards for 2021

    Educators in Madison, Oshkosh 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 […]

  38. More than 1,000 nursing and pharmacy students receive tuition credit for providing vaccinations during pandemic

    UW System extending program through summer

    MADISON, Wis.—More than 1,000 nursing and pharmacy students across the University of Wisconsin System have provided COVID-19 vaccinations and earned a $500 tuition credit while also receiving valuable work experience, […]

  39. Statement: UW System statements on state budget proposal

    MADISON, Wis. – University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson issued this statement today: “By not extending the $45 million annual budget reduction and by not further mandating a tuition […]

  40. Dr. Maria Gallo named new Chancellor of UW-River Falls

    Appointment takes effect July 15, 2021

    MADISON, Wis.—Dr. Maria Gallo, President of Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pa., has been named the 20th Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–River Falls. The University of Wisconsin System Board […]

  41. UW System campuses preparing for return of precollege and youth programs this summer

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System universities are preparing for the return of precollege and youth programs to campuses this summer with safety protocols in place and in consultation with local […]

  42. Investment in UW System capital projects would increase STEM and health graduates, accelerate business growth in local communities

    MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System is seeking investment in campus infrastructure that would modernize classroom and lab space; lead to an increase in science, engineering, technology, mathematics (STEM) and […]

  43. Wisconsin needs investments in our universities

    By Tommy Thompson, President, University of Wisconsin System

    You’ve probably heard about what happened at Van Hise Hall at UW-Madison this month: two concrete slabs broke off the façade and crashed to the ground in front of the […]

  44. UW-Madison wins federal Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Award

    MADISON, Wis.— The U.S. Department of Education has named UW-Madison a 2021 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Awardee, University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson announced […]

  45. Statement from UW System President Tommy Thompson

    MADISON, Wis.— University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson issued this statement today: “The University of Wisconsin System offers a world-class education across our 13 universities, and our students, faculty […]

  46. UW-River Falls chancellor finalists named

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson today announced five finalists for the position of chancellor at University of Wisconsin–River Falls, a university with approximately 6,000 students and more […]

  47. Regents honor recipients of awards for outstanding teaching in UW System (day 2 news summary)

    MADISON – The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents presented its annual Teaching Excellence Awards Thursday, honoring award recipients for both 2020 and 2021. The awards recognize outstanding teaching […]

  48. UW System seeks to focus coordination of online education efforts

    MADISON, Wis.—Facing intense competition in online education, the University of Wisconsin System is planning more focused coordination of new and existing resources to capture more of the online education market. […]

  49. President Thompson says fully vaccinated students will no longer need testing (day 1 news summary)

    MADISON – The University of Wisconsin System will not mandate that students are vaccinated against COVID-19 to enroll next fall, but students – and all members of the university community […]

  50. News Around the UW System – April 2021

    Report to the Board of Regents

  51. 2021 Regent Scholar Awards: UW System recognizes three professors for distinction in research, innovation, entrepreneurship

    MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System today announced three recipients of the 2021 Regent Scholar Awards. They will be honored at the next Board of Regents meeting April 8 via […]

  52. Regents announce outstanding UW System teachers for 2021

    Educators in Green Bay, La Crosse recognized with Regents’ top teaching award

    MADISON, Wis.—The UW System Board of Regents today announced the recipients of its 29th annual Teaching Excellence Awards. They will be honored at the next Regents meeting, April 9 via […]

  53. State of the University of Wisconsin System

    Testimony by UW System President Tommy Thompson

    Senate Committee on Universities & Technical Colleges Green Bay Hearing March 31, 2021 Watch testimony Good morning. I would like to thank Sen. Roth and the members of the Senate […]

  54. UW System announces extended tuition credit for students working at COVID-19 vaccination sites

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson today announced that the $500 tuition credit for eligible UW System nursing and pharmacy students working at COVID-19 vaccination sites is extended to May […]

  55. UW System targets new funds to help incoming freshmen prepare for university with summer bridge programs

    MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System will provide summer learning assistance to 1,400 additional incoming freshmen this year, more than doubling the number of admitted students receiving help through campus-based […]

  56. Shortage of workforce talent brings UW System, businesses together (news summary)

    MADISON, Wis. – The biggest challenge facing Wisconsin’s businesses is a shortage of talent and the University of Wisconsin System can play a significant role in addressing the issue by […]

  57. UW System planning to maximize in-person instruction for Fall 2021 semester

    By Tommy Thompson, President, University of Wisconsin System

    In a traditional university setting, students learn and grow through their interactions with peers and faculty. This sort of engagement – in and out of the classroom – builds sharper […]

  58. UW System President Tommy Thompson statement on Gov. Evers’ budget proposal

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson issued this statement today on Gov. Tony Evers’ budget proposal: “Governor Evers’ budget for the UW System will allow us to tackle […]

  59. Regents recognize 13th annual Diversity Awards winners (day 2 news summary)

    MADISON, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents today honored the recipients of the 13th annual Regents’ Diversity Awards. These awards recognize individuals and programs that foster […]

  60. UW System leaders discuss solutions for advancing Wisconsin teachers and education leaders

    MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents today discussed two potential solutions for meeting Wisconsin’s workforce demand for teachers and school leaders: paid stipends and expanding student loan […]

  61. UW System committed to helping the state through public health crisis (day 1 news summary)

    MADISON, Wis. – University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson told the Board of Regents today that the UW System has played a key role in helping to reduce the […]

  62. UW System adopts universal medical withdrawal policy

    MADISON, Wis.—A new policy taking effect this fall will make it easier for University of Wisconsin System students to suspend their coursework without academic or financial penalty under certain medical […]

  63. UW System launches new precollege pipeline initiative

    MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System is launching a new precollege pipeline initiative to help guide high school students in preparing for, applying to, and enrolling in one of its […]

  64. UW System Board of Regents announces 2021 Diversity Awards

    Educators in Eau Claire, Madison, and across the state recognized for work to support student success

    MADISON, Wis.—The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will honor the recipients of the 13th annual Regents’ Diversity Awards on February 5 in Madison at the next Regents meeting. […]

  65. UW System announces tuition credit for students working at COVID-19 vaccination sites

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson today announced that a $500 tuition credit for eligible UW System nursing and pharmacy students is extended to students working at COVID-19 […]

  66. Statement on the passing of Regent José Delgado

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson and Regent President Andrew S. Petersen issued this statement today: “It is with great sadness that we learned our friend and colleague […]

  67. UW System COVID-19 surge testing sites extend operations into spring

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson today announced an extension of community COVID-19 surge testing sites at UW System campuses. After conducting more than 220,000 free tests through […]

  68. UW System President Tommy Thompson cites ties between UW, agriculture

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson today told farm owners, agriculture and dairy officials, and researchers that the System’s effort to add agriculture extension agents is another illustration […]

  69. UW System President Thompson, Wisconsin comedian Berens urge continued use of free testing sites

    MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson and Wisconsin comedian Charlie Berens of The Manitowoc Minute are urging state residents to obtain a free COVID-19 test at one of […]