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End of Semester Notes

Posted on May 17, 2017

As we reach the end of another semester, I want to look back for a moment and acknowledge a few of the many great individual and collective student achievements over the past academic year. At UW-Madison, we have 43,000 students from across Wisconsin and around the world, pursuing degrees in more than 200 fields. In this academic year, we have conferred more than 10,500 degrees, both undergraduate and graduate. (By the way, we are among the top five schools in the nation for the number of Ph.D.s we graduate — among the most sought-after workers in our economy.) And we’ve … Read more of End of Semester Notes

2017 Commencement address

Posted on May 13, 2017

Good afternoon.  Welcome to Camp Randall Stadium and to the 164th spring commencement of the University of Wisconsin at Madison! Today, close to 7,000 bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates will become alumni of one of the world’s greatest universities. This year’s graduating class is one of the largest in our history and congratulations to each and every one of you! Camp Randall Stadium is marking a major milestone of its own this year—its 100th birthday.  And just for the record, our first game here in 1917 was a shutout—when we trounced the University of Minnesota. If the iconic setting and … Read more of 2017 Commencement address

Urging renewal of research partnership

Posted on April 28, 2017

I’m just back from the AAU meetings, which include the 60 big research universities in the U.S., both public and private. At that meeting we unanimously adopted the following statement on the importance of research to this country. American science has put a man on the moon, ended polio, sequenced the human genome, connected the world through the internet and then placed it in the palm of your hand, and allowed us to diagnose countless medical conditions with the aid of an MRI. The partnership that has enabled this now faces an existential … Read more of Urging renewal of research partnership

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

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