University of Wisconsin–Madison

Blank’s Slate

A Blog by UW–Madison Chancellor Becky Blank


Busting myths about UW-Madison

High school seniors across Wisconsin are currently trying to decide where they want to apply to college. What percentage of Wisconsin residents who apply to UW-Madison would you guess are accepted to our campus? Less… Read More

Reflections on Five Years

I’ll admit to being a little surprised to realize that as of today, July 20, I will have been here at UW–Madison for five years. In addition to having been gifted a beautiful German chocolate… Read More

Welcoming new colleagues to UW-Madison

This month marks a significant expansion for our campus as Cooperative Extension, Wisconsin Public Radio (WPR), Wisconsin Public Television (WPT), UW-Extension Conference Centers and Mailing Services, and the Department of Labor Education all become part… Read More

Spring 2018 Commencement Speech

As prepared for delivery, May 12, Camp Randall Stadium: Good afternoon. Please be seated. Welcome to Camp Randall Stadium and the 165th spring commencement of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Thank you, Katie Anderson, for that… Read More

Confronting our campus history

Our university’s history includes much to celebrate, and we talk frequently about these positive stories. Today, however, we must reckon with something we should all regret: the history of racism and exclusion on our campus…. Read More