MADISON – Wisconsin residents are invited to participate in an important statewide discussion about how the University of Wisconsin System can help strengthen the state’s communities and its economy.

As part of the UW System’s Advantage Wisconsin strategic initiative, UW System will hold public listening sessions on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m., at about 50 county Cooperative Extension offices.  Using UW-Extension’s videoconferencing networks, the forum will begin with a welcome and introduction by UW System President Kevin P. Reilly. Participants will then break into small groups for local discussion, before concluding with a brief question-and-answer session with Reilly.

“Our goal is to make the whole of our university system stronger than the sum of its parts. By doing so, we can give Wisconsin a competitive edge in an increasingly global and knowledge-based economy,” says Reilly. “To be successful, this process must incorporate ideas and input from students, parents, community and business leaders, and taxpayers in general.”

UW System has created a new website —* — where people can learn more about the statewide listening session, or watch archived streaming video after the event. The site also provides extensive background materials on key issues being studied as part of the Advantage Wisconsin process, as well as an electronic feedback form where residents can share their suggestions and reactions.

“We hope that people will take advantage of this resource. This is a great opportunity for everyone to help shape their university, and their state,” said Reilly. “These individual comments will be the building blocks for our broader strategic framework.”

Reilly will provide a comprehensive report on Advantage Wisconsin to the UW System Board of Regents in February 2008.

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David Giroux UW System (608) 262-4464