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Establishing outcome metrics in the next budget

Posted on April 13, 2017

As most readers will know, under the budget proposal by Gov. Scott Walker, new funding for the UW System is tied to performance metrics that would rank UW campuses and distribute the funding based on how well each school does in comparison to the other system schools. Tying funding to performance metrics has been tried by a number of states in the past and has been much discussed in higher education. Let me start by being clear about language. I much prefer the term “outcome-based metrics” rather than “performance-based metrics” because that makes it clear that funding is tied to … Read more of Establishing outcome metrics in the next budget

After successful pilot, Our Wisconsin will launch more fully in the fall

Posted on March 1, 2017

Our Wisconsin is a program for incoming students that started last fall as an effort to build understanding and community on campus in the areas of culture, identity, diversity and inclusion. I am happy to tell you that the pilot sessions we ran this past fall were successful, based on the evaluation results we received. We’re moving forward with changes that will allow the program to reach even more incoming Badgers. The Division of Student Life created Our Wisconsin as a two-part, in-person inclusion workshop for new students. The workshops, led by teams of student, staff, and faculty facilitators, … Read more of After successful pilot, Our Wisconsin will launch more fully in the fall

The proposed budget for 2017-19

Posted on February 22, 2017

Gov. Walker’s recent budget proposal is an acknowledgment that the UW System plays a major role in spurring the state economy, and we are very thankful for the commitment he has made to reinvesting in higher education in Wisconsin. His investment in the UW System includes restoring $50 million that was lapsed back to the state in the last biennial budget and $42.5 million in much-needed new funding. This is a welcome change from the cuts in state support in 10 out of the last 12 years (under both political parties), which created serious challenges for the entire UW System. Read more of The proposed budget for 2017-19

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