Passing of alumna Sandra Scott

The campus learned of the passing of alumna Sandra “Sandie” M. Scott, June 17, 2018. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from the UW-Green Bay Extended Degree Program. Scott served on the Extended Degree Alumni Board for several years. She also served as the past president and was a board member of the Wisconsin Life and Health Underwriters Association while working for several health insurance companies. Later she worked in the role of customer service representative for several companies including recently with MultiPlan in De Pere. She is survived by daughter and granddaughters. The full obituary can be found in the Door County Daily News.

Yes! Online bachelor’s in Health Information secures initial accreditation

UW-Green Bay’s new online bachelor’s degree program in Health Information Management and Technology received good news Thursday afternoon: initial accreditation by the national accrediting agency. The decision by the Commission on Health Informatics and Information Management was relayed to campus by UW Extension, which coordinates the HIMT program offered in collaboration by Extension and UW universities at Green Bay, Parkside, Stevens Point and La Crosse. In sharing the news here, Sue Mattison, dean of the College of Professional Studies, praised “outstanding work by HIMT program director, Dr. Brenda Tyczkowski, supported by her chair, Dr. Susan Gallagher-Lepak, and former Dean of OAA Steve VandenAvond.”

UW-Green Bay now enrolling students in new Engineering Technology programs

Engineering technology program.The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is currently enrolling students for fall of 2015 in three new Engineering Technology programs. The new programs in Electrical, Mechanical and Environmental Engineering Technology will lead to a bachelor of science degree and are designed to make a high-demand field more easily accessible to students in the New North region while also addressing manufacturers’ demands for well-prepared engineering graduates.

The program offers students “multiple points of entry.” Students pursuing any of the three majors will be able to begin their academic studies at any one of 12 Northeastern Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance (NEW ERA) institutions and colleges. Whether they start at a two-year UW College, the College of the Menominee Nation, an area technical college or a four-year university, all students complete the bachelor’s degree program at either UW-Green Bay or UW Oshkosh.

NEW ERA institutions will deliver the Engineering Technology programs collaboratively. This collaboration provides a breadth of faculty expertise, conceptual and hands-on learning opportunities, and access to state-of-the art laboratory equipment, technology and facilities.

“This program will provide students with a degree that has some very explicit and specific employment opportunities in areas which manufacturers are saying they need,” said Scott Furlong, dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences at UW-Green Bay, one of the two four-year institutions that will graduate the program’s students. “For students who have always thought about doing engineering or engineering-type work, it provides a Northeastern Wisconsin option for them to do that.”

More information about these new programs can be found at


Double degreed: More than 450 grads have dual degrees from UWGB

UW-Green Bay has seen an increasing number of alumni who loved their campus so much, they returned for a second degree. A recent review of the Advancement Office’s alumni database shows 454 people with dual degrees from UWGB. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, now is the perfect time to share a few tales of UWGB alumni love for alma mater, in the form of bachelor’s degree recipients who came back for master’s degrees.

A positive story about the value of a bachelor’s degree

We can’t vouch for the validity of the study or the accuracy of the sources, but it’s still nice to see some positive talk related to higher education these days. The online publication Inside Higher Ed reports on a recent federal jobs report showing “a rock-bottom” unemployment rate of 2.8 percent for workers who hold at least a four-year degree. The article also quotes a Georgetown University expert who fiercely disagrees with the whole the-economic-value-of-college-is-overrated meme that had recently gained some traction.

UW-Green Bay, NTC partnership brings students ‘One Degree Closer’ to bachelor’s

A newly reinvigorated partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Adult Degree Program and Wausau-based Northcentral Technical College is bringing NTC grads “One Degree Closer” to earning their bachelor’s degree, thanks to a guaranteed credit transfer agreement between the two institutions.

The innovative “One Degree Closer” initiative allows students who have earned an associate degree at NTC to transfer at least 60 credits to UW-Green Bay in pursuit of a Bachelor of Applied Studies degree. It doesn’t matter what NTC associate degree a student earned, or when — the credits are guaranteed to count, said Eric Craver, director of External Relations for Outreach and Adult Access at UW-Green Bay. Many students will have more than the minimum 60 credits that transfer — bringing them even closer to earning their bachelor’s degree, no matter what their timeframe or motivation for doing so.

“If you’re looking at a career change, if you’re looking at taking those credits and finishing your bachelor’s degree, there’s never been a better time to do this,” Craver said. “You can do it completely online; you can do it on your own time — you don’t have to come to Green Bay at all. Even your academic adviser is on site in Wausau, allowing for flexible, convenient learning that helps you achieve that next educational goal.”

Students who choose the “One Degree Closer” program will apply credits toward a Bachelor of Applied Studies degree, selecting one of six areas of emphasis within its broad-based Interdisciplinary Studies major. In addition to NTC’s main campus in Wausau, UW-Green Bay is working closely with the college’s regional campuses in Antigo, Phillips, Medford, Spencer and Wittenberg. It’s a natural partnership with numerous benefits for students, said Suzi Mathias, director of Transfer and Placement for NTC.

“Northcentral Technical College is proud to partner with UW-Green Bay to provide opportunities for our students and alumni,” Mathias said. “Those continuing on to get a bachelor’s degree appreciate receiving in-person assistance from a UW-Green Bay adviser on our campus, while still having the flexibility to complete classes online.”

The “One Degree Closer” partnership launched a year ago, and officials from both schools say they’ve embraced reinvigorating the program to emphasize its potential for degree-holders in Northcentral Wisconsin. The program not only benefits current and prospective students, but also the region’s businesses and economy as a whole, Craver said.

“ ‘One Degree Closer’ is focusing attention on economic development and job growth, essentially taking the worker pool in that market and providing opportunities for increased education and credentials,” Craver said. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Wausau-area businesses that are looking to grow their talent from within — promoting from within and cutting down on turnover and expenses for job searches and training.”

For more information on the “One Degree Closer” initiative, visit, call 800-621-2313 or 715-803-1410, or email More information about Northcentral Technical College is available online at