A $79,398 grant from the University of Wisconsin-Extension’s Program Innovation Fund will help UW-Extension’s Milwaukee County Cooperative Extension office join with UW Colleges and UW HELP to get more Milwaukee middle and high school students on the road to college.
The Pre-College Institute is designed to introduce youth and their parents to the college environment and to connect them to UW Colleges and other UW resources. The program will include information on academics, campus life and financial costs and options. UW-Richland, UW-Rock County, UW-Washington County and UW-Waukesha will participate in the pilot.
Eloisa Gómez, the Milwaukee County Cooperative Extension director, said the Pre-College Institute will serve approximately 250 middle and high school students, many of whom come from traditionally underserved populations from Milwaukee’s central city and the north and south sides.
“This pre-college institute will provide a pathway from Milwaukee neighborhoods to college and beyond,” commented Greg Hutchins, associate vice chancellor for UW-Extension. “UW-Extension has been bringing educational programs into Milwaukee neighborhoods for decades. Now we are thrilled to provide this new level of pre-college experience for Milwaukee youth. UW Colleges is very committed to helping students gain admission and achieve success in college, and with the addition of UW HELP to this effort, students will find access to all of the UW System campuses more obtainable.”
University of Wisconsin System President Kevin P. Reilly announced July 30, 2013, that he will leave his chief executive position to advise the American Council on Education and to return to teaching in January 2014. Details are provided in a UW System news release.
In a statement shared with UW-Extension and UW Colleges faculty and staff, Chancellor Ray Cross thanked Reilly for his service to the University of Wisconsin, which included several years as provost and vice chancellor and then chancellor of UW-Extension.
“He quickly learned that the people of Wisconsin know and trust UW-Extension and especially value the educators who live and work in their communities,” Cross said. “That grassroots connection to the people of Wisconsin served him well as he moved on to work in the UW System administration.”
Additional information is provided in a UW Colleges and UW-Extension news release.
Excerpts from leaders who also praised Reilly follow, with more posted here.
Gov. Scott Walker: “The state of Wisconsin has deep respect and gratitude for President Reilly’s contributions to the UW System, including his work to focus the university’s attention on economic and workforce development. He initiated conversations with the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation that led to a very promising partnership with the UW System. I also appreciate the leadership he has provided for the innovative UW Flexible Option, which will enhance college access for working adults.”
Former Gov. Jim Doyle: “Kevin Reilly has led the UW System through a time of unprecedented growth. He has worked tirelessly to preserve UW’s position as an academic and scientific leader, here in the U.S. and around the globe.
UW Board of Regents President Michael Falbo: “He led the charge to reaffirm the essential value of a unified university System, while also fighting for more flexibility in the way that individual campuses are managed.”
UW Board of Regents Vice President Regina Millner: “I believe President Reilly’s important role of putting in place talented leadership, our campus chancellors, is one of his greatest legacies.”
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos: “The University of Wisconsin is truly an asset to our state. We were fortunate enough to have Kevin Reilly serve the university since 1996. I wish him well in his future endeavors.”
Higher Learning Commission approval? Check!
Board of Regents pricing structure approval? Check!
Just two months ago, the University of Wisconsin Colleges and UW-Milwaukee applied to the Higher Learning Commission for permission to offer a selection of degrees via the UW Flexible Option. The accrediting authority has approved all requests. Details are provided in this news release.
UW-Extension provides leadership for the UW Flexible Option, and UW Colleges will offer the Associate of Arts and Science degree in this format so that Wisconsin residents can fulfill basic requirements and earn a UW degree.
“We are leading the way to help every Wisconsin resident have a chance at a University of Wisconsin degree on their own terms,” said Chancellor Ray Cross. “We want to increase the number of residents with degrees to build Wisconsin’s workforce and support economic development throughout the state.”
The UW System Board of Regents – at its July 12 meeting – approved the “all-you-can-learn” pricing option of $2,250 for a three-month term. That will be available when enrollment opens for the UW Flexible Option in fall of 2013.
An “assessment-only” option will be added later so that students with significant prior work experience, training or knowledge can satisfy competencies through an assessment process. Instead of paying for a three-month term, they would pay for each competency-based assessment required for advancement to a degree. Pricing is not yet set, and this option will not be available this fall.
The next step?
“With UW-Extension’s leadership, UW Colleges and UW-Milwaukee are already in contact with the U.S. Department of Education for guidance and authorization to facilitate federal financial aid to students enrolled in the UW Flexible Option,” said Aaron Brower, UW-Extension interim provost and vice chancellor. “Both institutions are on track to open enrollments into their programs late in November.”
Prospective students can call 1-888-526-2626 to speak to a student services specialist and sign up via an online form to receive updates via the UW Flexible Option eNews.
Nominations and applications for The Academy for Leadership and Innovation are due this Friday, June 14, 2013. The Academy is an intensive one-year professional development opportunity for UW Colleges and UW-Extension employees. This program will provide participants with broader institutional perspectives, helping them learn new skills and establish new relationships with colleagues. Participants’ expenses are covered by the chancellor’s office.
Nominees may be submitted by a UW-Extension or UW Colleges colleague, or by any UW campus official with extension/outreach responsibilities. Individuals may nominate themselves.
Please visit The Academy for Leadership and Innovation website to read or download the program brochure. It also includes the nomination procedures and requirements.
UW-Fox Valley has been named a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. The program recognizes college and university campuses that, among other things, develop connections with the community beyond campus borders to foster healthy urban forests. UW-Fox Valley is the first campus in the UW Colleges, and the second campus in the UW System, to be designated as a Tree Campus USA.
You’re invited to meet 17 University of Wisconsin Colleges student researchers and hear about their work between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at the State Capitol Rotunda in Madison. They’re among the undergraduate researchers from around the UW System who will participate in the 10th annual Posters in the Rotunda.
“These posters demonstrate the many ways our students are learning to apply their education to improve their communities and the world,” says Chancellor Ray Cross.
He encourages UW Colleges and UW-Extension employees who will be in the Madison area Wednesday to drop in to view the posters and ask the students about their research, which will be displayed like the UW-Washington County example pictured here from 2012.
Details, including the UW Colleges student researchers and faculty advisors involved, are included in a news release.
Kim Kostka, professor of chemistry and associate dean at UW-Rock County, has been selected by Provost Greg Lampe to serve as the UW Colleges Flexible Option coordinator.
She will collaborate with UW-System, UW-Extension, UW-Milwaukee, the UW Colleges Flexible Associate of Arts and Science Degree Committee and other internal and external groups to facilitate the planning and implementation of the UW Colleges Flexible Option. Among her other duties, she will help:
- Develop competencies, assessments, and assessment activities
- Plan and implement professional development activities for faculty developers
- Research and collect competency-based model resources for faculty developers and academic department/program chairs
Kostka has been associate dean at UW-Rock County since 2009 and served as interim campus executive officer and dean in 2012. She served on the Higher Learning Commission self-study steering committee and was chair of the faculty task force charged with the first design of the recently-approved Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree-completion program. She has been a UW-Rock County faculty member since 1993 and was chair of the UW Colleges chemistry department from 2003 to 2005.
She will begin the half-time appointment on Monday, March 18. Her appointment will continue throughout the 2013-2014 academic year.