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Chancellor Blank remarks to the UW System Board of Regents

Posted on February 8, 2018

As prepared for delivery, Feb. 8. (See Chancellor Blank slides.) There are a lot of good things happening at UW-Madison. We’ve been focused on expanding revenues through entrepreneurial efforts of our own, and we have new revenues that we are using to make a few long-overdue investments, as I’ll talk about in a minute. This is the first year since I’ve arrived that we haven’t been dealing with budget cuts. It’s also a year when demand for what we do at UW-Madison is higher than it’s ever been. Our preliminary numbers indicate that undergraduate applications have increased by more … Read more of Chancellor Blank remarks to the UW System Board of Regents

What Is UW-Madison Doing to Identify and Address Sexual Misconduct by Faculty and Staff?

Posted on January 31, 2018

In these past weeks, it’s been horrifying to listen to the testimony of over 100 young women about the sexual abuse they experienced from a doctor associated with one of our fellow Big Ten campuses. It’s been impossible for me to watch these events without asking what we at UW-Madison need to learn from this. We have a huge and very decentralized campus. As I’ve noted before, this university – students, staff and faculty – is about the size of Janesville. Because of this size, it is inevitable that some bad things will happen here, despite all of our efforts. Read more of What Is UW-Madison Doing to Identify and Address Sexual Misconduct by Faculty and Staff?

Looking back on 2017 successes

Posted on December 26, 2017

I want to take a moment to reflect on past year and some successes here at UW that are worth savoring. Let’s start with a few items on the education and research front side that I am delighted about: Applications for next fall’s freshman class are now coming in, and we’re expecting another record-breaking year. This is part of a long-term trend: applications for admission have doubled in the last 20 years. That reflects our deep investment in great teaching. I am very proud that U.S. News and World Report now ranks UW-Madison in the top 10 public universities in … Read more of Looking back on 2017 successes

Winter 2017 Commencement Remarks: How to Choose Well

Posted on December 17, 2017

As prepared for delivery, Sun. Dec. 17, 2017: Good morning, and welcome to the winter 2017 commencement of the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Congratulations to the new graduates, and a special welcome this morning to family and friends. I also want to welcome and thank our guest speakers … Hollywood producers of some of your favorite hit shows who met as undergraduates here at UW … Adam Horowitz and Eddy Kitsis. Adam and Eddy – thank you for being here today! Introduction Today we’ll confer just over 2,000 degrees upon our undergraduate, graduate and professional school students. Whether you have … Read more of Winter 2017 Commencement Remarks: How to Choose Well

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