Decision

Pending HLC approval, on July 1, 2018, the following units within UW-Extension will move to UW System Administration:

  • Wisconsin Humanities Council
  • Instructional Communications Systems (ICS)
  • Continuing Education, Outreach and E-learning (CEOEL)
  • Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service (WIPPS)

Background

Per the memo sent from President Cross on April 18, 2018:

After discussions within the President’s Cabinet and consultation with the UW-Extension Restructuring Team led by Vice President Jim Henderson, I [President Cross] am confirming the following assignments for units within UW-Extension that are moving to the UW System Administration on July 1, 2018:

Wisconsin Humanities Council: Because this association will be for fiscal support only, this unit will be assigned to the Office of Finance.
Instructional Communications Systems (ICS): This group supports administrative and instructional media, so it will be assigned to the Office of Administration for integration with the Information Technology group.

Continuing Education, Outreach and E-learning (CEOEL): The primary focus of this group after the earlier transition of UW Help to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs at UW System Administration is on continuing studies, independent learning, FLEX degrees, and collaborative programs. Therefore, this group will be assigned to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

Business and Entrepreneurship: This unit will be assigned to the Office of University Relations. The primary mission of this group is to support business development, and with interim Vice President Brukardt’s joint appointment with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, this unit fits well within that portfolio.

Wisconsin Institute for Public Policy and Service (WIPPS): WIPPS is a public service, nonprofit organization that works on policy and service issues. This group will also be assigned to the Office of University Relations as part of the outreach mission of that unit.

Next Steps

President Cross has directed each of the Vice Presidents to take the lead on the transition of the assigned units to their offices.