Archive for June, 2011

Kostka named interim CEO/Dean at UW-Rock County

Kim Kostka

Chancellor Ray Cross today announced the appointment of  Kim Kostka as interim CEO/dean at UW-Rock County in place of Jim Veninga.  Veninga was named interim CEO/dean in April, but withdrew this week  before taking office for personal reasons.

Kostka has been associate dean at UW-Rock County since 2009.  She is a professor of chemistry and served as the chair of the UW Colleges chemistry department from 2003 to 2005.  She joined the UW-Rock County faculty in 1993.  She will take office July 1 following the retirement of CEO/Dean Diane Pillard.

Cross said that with Kostka’s appointment, ” I am confident that the campus will be in good hands during the national search for a new CEO/dean.”

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Regents confirm five CEO/Deans

The UW System Board of Regents on June 10 approved the appointments of five Campus Executive Offers/Deans.

UW-Manitowoc: Charles E. Clark, associate dean, College of Letters and Science, at UW-Stevens Point, will take office July 1.

UW-Marshfield/Wood County: Patricia L. Stuhr, chair of the art education department at the Ohio State University, willl start August 1.

UW-Marathon County: Keith Montgomery is the interim CEO/dean and has been a professor of geography/geology at UW-Marathon County since 1991.

UW-Washington County: Alan Paul Price has served as interim CEO/dean since April 2010.

UW-Waukesha:  Harry P. Muir, Jr., vice president of instruction at Pima Community College, Tucson, Arizona, will start in July.

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Regents approve B.A.A.S. and mission change

The UW System Board of Regents has approved the request by UW Colleges to  implement a bachelor of applied arts and sciences (B.A.A.S.) degree that will serve place-bound adults in six Wisconsin communities. The Regents also approved a mission change for UW Colleges related to the B.A.A.S. degree.

The degree still requires accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission, curriculum development by UW Colleges faculty, policy development by the UW Colleges Senate and other administrative requirements.

UPDATED June 13, 2011

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Regents OK new online degrees

The UW Board of Regents on Friday gave the go-ahead to plan for two new collaborative online degrees, pending approval by the Higher Learning Commission.

A bachelor of science degree completion program in health and wellness management will be offered by UW-La Crosse, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point and UW- Superior in cooperation with UW-Extension’s Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning (CEOEL) division.

An emphasis on management sets this degree apart from other health and wellness degrees. Aimed at adult returning students, the degree would prepare graduates to manage the integration of health and wellness culture within businesses and organizations to reduce health-care costs, improve productivity and employee well-being.

The Regents also approved a request from UW-Eau Claire to offer an online bachelor of professional studies and comprehensive major in organizational leadership and communications to be offered in cooperation with CEOEL.

UPDATED June 22, 2011

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Items of interest on UW Regents’ agenda this week

The UW System Board of Regents will take up several matters of interest to UW Colleges and UW-Extension at its meeting Thursday, June 9, and Friday, June 10, 2011, at UW-Milwaukee, including a review of the biennial budget (UW System 2011-13 Biennial Budget Fact Sheet). The meeting will be webcast live on Thursday at 10 a.m. until approximately noon, and Friday at 9 a.m. until approximately noon. You can follow the meeting on Twitter:  #uwregents.

In addition, the board will take up the UW Colleges’ request to offer a bachelor of applied arts and sciences (B.A.A.S.) degree and to change the UW Colleges mission to accommodate that degree. The regents will also hear proposals for permission to offer for several new degrees, including two online degrees coordinated by UW-Extension’s Division of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning.

News & Ideas will cover the Board of Regents meeting and report on the board’s actions.

UPDATED June 8, 2011, 11:40 a.m.

UPDATED June 9, 2011, 9:52 a.m.

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JFC votes to give UW System flexibilities, quashes UW-Extension broadband project

The state legislature’s Joint Finance Committee on Friday, June 3, 2011, voted to cut UW System’s budget by $250 million for the 2011-13 biennium. The committee also voted to give UW System flexibilities in budgeting and financial management, tuition, purchasing, human resources and construction. Members voted down Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to split the UW-Madison from the rest of the UW System.

In an unanticipated move, JFC voted to prohibit the UW Board of Regents, the UW System, or any UW institution, including the UW-Extension, “from receiving funds from any award from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) under the U.S. Department of Commerce for the Building Community Capacity through Broadband (BCCB) project.” UW-Extension and partners are currently involved in a BCCB project that is designed to enhance the economy and the quality of life in five rural communities.

Several more steps are necessary before the bill is finalized and signed into law by Gov. Walker. In the coming days legislators will be meeting to discuss proposed changes to the bill.

For more information:

Budget timeline and employee advocacy guidelines

UW System statement on JFC June 3 budget action

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Registration for fall Multicultural Awareness Workshops is now open

Demographic data show that Wisconsin is becoming a more diverse state. If UW Colleges and UW-Extension are to fulfill their mission to provide Wisconsin residents with access to university resources, it is critical that faculty and staff learn and apply multicultural concepts and practices in their workplaces and in their educational programs.

The UW Colleges and UW-Extension Equity, Diversity and Inclusion unit is offering two Multicultural Awareness Workshops this fall:

The free workshops are open to all UW-Extension and UW Colleges employees. Certified peer facilitators, who have completed rigorous training, lead the sessions.The workshops fill quickly, so register now.

For more information:

Cathy Debevec, office operations associate,, 608-262-0277

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