Inside Higher Ed article on talk of tech school, UW Colleges merger

“As a legislative committee considers possibly merging the state’s two separate two-year systems, some politicians are questioning whether a more traditional community college model would work better for the state.” That’s the lead in an Insider Higher Ed article about the possibility of an eventual merger of some sort of the 13 two-year UW System Colleges and the various Wisconsin Technical College System institutions.

Walker touts tech education, two-year degrees

Gov. Scott Walker told this region’s business and economic development leaders at the New North Summit earlier this week that, “We don’t have a jobs problem, we have a work problem and a skills problem.” The governor said the solution has to be a “multi-pronged” approach that ensures more collaboration between employers and educators, provides a streamlined regulatory climate, and promotes technical careers. “We need to change the mindset of students, of parents, of guidance counselors and others in terms of the fact that there are just as many, recently more, good paying careers — not just jobs — that require a two-year technical degree as opposed to a four-year undergraduate degree,” Walker was quoted by Gannett Media. To see the article.

Overages send tech college pay soaring past lagging UW salaries

In case you missed it, that’s the headline over Gannett Wisconsin’s reporting of the pay comparison between University of Wisconsin System faculty members and instructors for the state’s technical college system. Although it is clear — from what can be gathered from looking at the UW-Green Bay salaries listed in the database, that there are some confusing inconsistencies in terms of reporting actual “base pay” and accounting for summer assignments (for at least some UWGB faculty, anyway) — the overall comparison is as clear as the headline. Read more.

Gannett Wisconsin Media posts employee salary data

The first installment of “What We Pay” launches this weekend on Gannett newspaper sites across Wisconsin. The series — through stories, searchable  databases and videos — promises a look at how money is spent on public salaries. During the first week, the series examine salaries in the UW System and the state’s technical schools. At the Appleton Post-Crescent site, an introductory video notes that surveys have put UW System salaries well below market. It also notes that the tech See the PC site.

System, Extension, Tech Colleges launch mobile Veterans Education Portal

Military veterans now have access to higher education resources through their mobile devices, thanks to a partnership between the UW System, UW-Extension and Wisconsin Technical College System. The groups have released a smart phone-friendly version of the Veterans Education Portal, which launched in November 2010 to help veterans transition from military service to college life. Vets who want to take the first step toward completing their education can access information about Wisconsin’s veteran education benefits, academic programs and support — all in one place, tailored for display on the small screen. More info.