UW System announces ‘UW Extended Campuses’

The UW Extended Campus is not a new accredited institution. Rather, it is a new enterprise that coordinates the UW System’s approach to online education and extends the reach of all existing UW institutions beyond their physical boundaries. All programs coordinated through the UW Extended Campus are partnerships: instruction and degrees come from the UW institutions while UW Extended Campus provides support to instructors and students, strategic marketing and student recruitment, and financial operations. No new funds are used to create the UW Extended Campus. It builds on the successful partnership programs and operations of the former UW-Extension Division of Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning (CEOEL). The 21 programs overseen and managed by the former CEOEL grew 49 percent over the past five years, generating four dollars in revenue for every state dollar expended. See more.

Photos: Ground-breaking day. STEM Innovation Center celebrates with community partners

More than 300 attendees celebrated the STEM Innovation Center groundbreaking on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. The Brown County-owned building will house UW-Green Bay’s Richard J. Resch School of Engineering, the Einstein Project, UW-Extension and Brown County’s Land and Water Conservation departments. Completion is schedule for fall of 2019. See the full story.

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STEM Innovation Center Groundbreaking

– Photos by Dan Moore, Marketing and University Communication

UW-Extension marks 100 years of work with community

This year marks the centennial anniversary of UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension in Brown County. The Green Bay Press-Gazette featured the organization this week. “Over the last 100 years, Cooperative Extension has been a bridge between University of Wisconsin institutions and county residents. Educational programs have grown with the county and kept current in meeting public needs.”

Transforming students into ‘citizen scientists’

Here’s an interesting outdoor, family-friendly event. It’s called “Aquatic Invasive Species (AIC) Snapshot Day,” Saturday, August 5. Kids and adults alike will be transformed into citizen scientists by learning to identify, search, and report on plants and critters that cause problems in our lakes and rivers. After the short training session, volunteer citizen scientists will spend the rest of the morning searching for and collecting invasive plants and animals along the shores of local lakes and rivers. Register and find out more. The event is hosted by River Alliance of Wisconsin and the UW-Extension.


Some UW-Extension positions will relocate to UW-Green Bay

UW Extension’s Agriculture, UW-Discovery Farms and Land and Water Conservation offices, will temporarily move to UW-Green Bay’s Environmental Sciences and Facilities Management buildings (ES 107 and 307, and Facilities 102) on the UW-Green Bay campus. This comes after the UW-Extension building in Bellevue was sold to the Green Bay Area Public School District. The UW-Extension offices will be closed on April 27 and April 28 for the move. Offices moving to UW-Green Bay will reopen May 5. Other employees are moving into space at the Neville Public Museum.



Ideadvance Seed Fund accepting applications

The Ideadvance Seed Fund welcomes applications for the upcoming June 2017 cohort. This is a grant opportunity supporting faculty, staff, students and alumni entrepreneurs to commercialize technology and ideas developed statewide. The fund was created by University of Wisconsin System and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp and is administered by UW-Extension. Learn more about the Ideadvance Seed Fund.

Faculty note: Robinson, Fermanich

Patrick Robinson (adjunct faculty ES&P, UWEX, office in Biodiversity center) and Kevin Fermanich (NAS, Environmental Science and Geoscience) were invited speakers at the International Joint Commission’s (ILC) science roundtable — “Great Lakes Successes and Challenges: What is a Healthy Lake Michigan to You?” Tuesday, Oct. 18. Four of the international commissioners were in attendance.

Rudd gets Manitowoc, Menasha, while Montgomery gets Marinette

The UW Colleges and UW-Extension have
named new regional deans for the administratively restructured two-year campus system. Martin Rudd, currently dean of UW-Fox Valley in Menasha, will also oversee UW-Manitowoc and UW-Fond du Lac. Additionally, Keith Montgomery, already dean of UW-Marathon County and UW-Marshfield/Wood County, will serve as regional executive officer for the north region of UW Colleges and oversee UW-Barron County in Rice Lake and UW-Marinette.

Board will discuss idea of Extension granting first degrees

The Board of Regents’ education committee is hearing proposed revisions to UW-Extension’s mission statement that would allow it to grant business certificates, associate degrees and bachelor’s degrees through the UW System’s Flex Option program. Extension currently doesn’t offer any degrees.

UWGB, UW-Extension collaboration on health degree earns marketing honors

UW-Green Bay’s academic program in Health Information Management and Technology, offered in collaboration with UW-Extension and sister campuses at Parkside and Stevens Point, is applauding Extension’s marketing department for three awards in the University Professional and Continuing Education Association’s (UPCEA) 2014 Marketing Awards competition. Among them will be a gold award in the “Website” category, as well as a silver award in the “Most Improved” category. The new joint site (for the collaborative program) has helped to increase web traffic and lead conversions by 56 percent, achieve a page-one national rank in Google organic search results for multiple keywords, increase organic search traffic by 134 percent, and increase the leads from organic traffic by 229 percent. The growing HIMT program is a degree completion program designed for students who already have some college credits or an associate degree. Read the news release.