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Remembering and Honoring UW’s Veterans

Posted on November 10, 2017

In recognition of Veterans Day on November 11, I want to recognize the members of the U.S. Armed Forces who are part of University of Wisconsin–Madison’s heritage and its future. When you are at a game in Camp Randall, think about how it was once a training ground for soldiers during the U.S. Civil War. When you stop by the Red Gym, imagine campus when the building was the Armory, home to military training at UW. For some period, as a land-grant institution we were required to offer courses on military tactics. When you visit the newly renovated Memorial Union, … Read more of Remembering and Honoring UW’s Veterans

Message to UW Cooperative Extension faculty and staff

Posted on November 9, 2017

Today, the UW System Board of Regents approved a plan to restructure UW Colleges and UW Cooperative Extension. As part of the plan, UW Cooperative Extension will be integrated into UW-Madison. Chancellor Blank sent the following email to UW Cooperative Extension faculty and staff this afternoon. For further updates on the transition, go to the UW Colleges and UW-Extension Restructuring page. Dear UW Cooperative Extension Faculty and Staff, As you know, the Board of Regents has voted to make UW Cooperative Extension part of UW-Madison as of July 1, 2018. Now that this proposal has been adopted, we are looking … Read more of Message to UW Cooperative Extension faculty and staff

Climate Survey results show some good news, but also indicate some serious concerns

Posted on November 2, 2017

 A recent campus-wide survey of students found that most view our climate positively, consider diversity important and are trying to create a more welcoming environment for other students.  There are significant differences, however, between different groups of students in their responses. The survey is the first of its kind for UW-Madison, and more than 8,000 students participated. The survey was conducted in order to better understand differences in perception and experience among students along lines of race and ethnicity, gender identity, and religious and political affiliation. Students from historically underrepresented and disadvantaged groups report experiencing a less favorable campus climate … Read more of Climate Survey results show some good news, but also indicate some serious concerns

Educational outcomes at UW-Madison get even better

Posted on October 23, 2017

One of our top goals is to make sure that our undergraduates successfully finish their degrees, and do so in a timely fashion. Those who take more than four years to complete often take on additional student debt. Nationally, students who start a degree but never finish are a primary reason why student loan defaults are so high — students end up with the debt but without any credential. UW-Madison students continue to improve on these measures. Our May 2017 graduation rate is 62 percent for students who entered as freshmen in 2013. That may not seem as high as … Read more of Educational outcomes at UW-Madison get even better

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Blank elevates student affairs role

November 15, 2017

Chancellor Rebecca Blank plans to strengthen student services and the student experience at UW-Madison through the creation of…

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Go Big Read seeking submissions for 10th year

November 15, 2017

Chancellor Rebecca Blank distributes copies of the Go Big Read selection for 2015-16. A review committee…

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UW-Madison to use new survey data to improve campus climate

November 1, 2017

UW–Madison officials shared results today from the university’s first ever campus-wide climate survey, pledging to use the findings…

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WARF announces annual grant figures and Innovation Award winners

October 18, 2017

At a ceremony honoring several of the year’s most outstanding inventions, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) announced…

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