UW System highlights story about virtual field trips

The UW System chose the story written by Marketing and University Communication intern to be featured on their “All in Wisconsin” website. UW-Green Bay professors and instructors, including John Luczaj (Geoscience, Water Science) are accommodating field trips this season for Natural and Applied Sciences, transforming existing and new trips into virtual interactive experiences because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Spring and Summer 2020, virtual field trips were offered in at least four classes two new excursions are planned for this fall. Students can virtually visit De Pere Lock and Dam, Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Baraboo Hills and the Metro Boat Launch, to name a few.

Tommy G. Thompson Leadership Scholarship

The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership is offering a scholarship of $2,300 to one undergraduate student at each university in the UW System. Scholarships are intended for undergraduates who have shown public leadership in their lives in a way that reflects the general legacy of Governor Tommy G. Thompson. Applications are due Nov. 29, 2020. Additional details about the award (and other outside scholarships) are available on the Private Scholarships webpage.

UW System invites comments on federal Title IX changes

UW System codes and policy changes necessary to be in compliance with the new federal Title IX regulations have been approved by the UW System Board of Regents and Governor Evers and take effect on August 14, 2020. These changes are temporary in nature only. The Permanent Rules drafts will be open for public comment until Nov. 30, 2020, at 5 p.m. Permanent rules will likely take effect in early 2021. The UW System Office of Compliance and Integrity is working with campuses to provide guidance and training necessary to implement the new procedures. For questions please contact compliance@uwsa.edu. See updates at the Compliance & Integrity website.

Comments may be submitted:

  1. On the web at www.wisconsin.edu/compliance/public-comment-form/
  2. By email to: compliance@uwsa.edu
  3. At the virtual public hearing; or
  4. By mail to:

Office of the Board of Regents,
1860 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Graduates at UW-Green Bay's 2019 winter commencement ceremony

UW-Green Bay to gauge alumni satisfaction through survey

GREEN BAY, Wis.— The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is joining the UW System—embarking on an ambitious survey of alumni aimed at gauging career and education satisfaction, knowledge and skills gained, community and civic involvement, economic mobility, degree relevance, and other measures of a UW education.

UW-Green Bay alumni can access the survey beginning on Nov. 14, 2020 at this website. Alumni will also be contacted through email.

The National Alumni Career Mobility Survey will engage alumni from all UW System universities who graduated in 2010 and 2015 with bachelor’s degrees to assess a range of factors five and 10 years after graduation.

This is the first time this national survey is being conducted. Survey results are expected to be more comprehensive than “first destination” information gleaned from graduates a year out of college. Results will complement the earnings data collected by UW System from employers that showed University of Wisconsin System graduates earn a median salary of nearly $50,000 annually just a year after securing their bachelor’s degrees and more than $66,000 after five years.

“UW-Green Bay is excited to participate in the NACM survey,” says UW-Green Bay’s Director Career Services Linda Peacock-Landrum. “We will gain insights about our graduates’ experiences that far exceed the data gathered from our First Destination Survey. We plan to use the data to inform decisions about recruitment, program development and success support strategies for our students.”

The survey will take place Nov. 14 through Dec. 31, 2020 and include more than 46,000 undergraduate alumni from all 13 UW System institutions. It will be conducted under contract by the Career Leadership Collective.

“Our universities provide a tremendous value to our students, and we already know the significant earning power of a UW degree,” said UW System President Tommy Thompson in a press release, Nov. 9. “This new survey will help us better understand how UW graduates transition into the workforce and civic life.”

Survey results are expected to be available in mid-2021.

Including all measures, the survey is expected to provide UW System and individual universities with a better understanding of the career and degree satisfaction of UW System alumni and an assessment of the longer-term impact of students’ education on their careers and lives. It will also equip universities with data to enhance programs and services for current and future students.

“Our alumni are terrific ambassadors for our universities and our state,” said Regent President Andrew S. Petersen. “We look forward to learning from them.”

UW System encourages alumni from 2010 and 2015 to respond to the survey when contacted by their universities by email.

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University of Wisconsin enrollment drops nearly 2%, UW-Green Bay has 2 percent gain

The only other campuses with enrollment increases were UW- Green Bay and Parkside, with Green Bay having the highest enrollment increase. Preliminary data showed total enrollment to be 164,494, down by 1.9% from last year. Enrollment for incoming freshmen was 6%. Source: University of Wisconsin enrollment drops nearly 2% – FOX11

UW System reports enrollment decline amid pandemic (UW-Green Bay up two percent)

Only branch campuses of UW-Green Bay saw enrollment increases, which were also significant. UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc reported an additional 50 students this fall, which works out to an increase of more than 21 percent. UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan reported an increase of 7.6 percent, and enrollment at UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus increased by nearly 6 percent.

Source: UW System Reports 2 Percent Fall Enrollment Decline Amid Pandemic, WPR

UW System announces Wisconsin Regents Opportunity Scholarship

Just announced, the new Wisconsin Regents Opportunity Scholarship will provide up to $10,000 to underrepresented and underserved undergraduate students who have overcome adversity, exhibited financial need, and demonstrated merit, Regent President Andrew S. Petersen announced today.

The scholarship program will take effect in the 2021-22 academic year and be offered to students who are admitted to or currently attending a UW System university. Awards will be given to students who are entering a university, progressing with their education, and near graduation.

Regents have committed to providing $1 million for the scholarship annually. See the announcement from UW System.

Several UW campuses reducing student fees, but not UW-Madison | Higher education | madison.com

UW-Madison, does not plan to offer fee refunds even as thousands of students wage a campaign calling on administrators to cut some or all of the $734 they paid in fees this fall. The fees pay for services, such as bus transportation, University Health Services and access to the Wisconsin Union.

Source: Several UW campuses reducing student fees, but not UW-Madison | Higher education | madison.com

Registration is now open for national public summit on preventing sexual harassment in higher education

Registration is now open for the second annual national Public Summit of the Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education hosted by the University of Wisconsin System. The summit, scheduled for October 19-20, was originally to be held at UW-Milwaukee but will be taking place virtually this year due to COVID-19.

“The UW System is proud to be at the forefront of addressing this important issue in our society and particularly in higher education,” UW System President Tommy Thompson said. “In order for our students to receive the best possible education, they must feel comfortable and safe in their campus communities.”

The four goals of the Action Collaborative are to:

  • Raise awareness about sexual harassment and how it occurs, the consequences of sexual harassment, and the organizational characteristics and recommended approaches that can prevent it.
  • Share and elevate evidence-based institutional policies and strategies to reduce and prevent sexual harassment.
  • Contribute to setting the research agenda and gather and apply research results across institutions.
  • Develop a standard for measuring progress toward reducing and preventing sexual harassment in higher education.

To register to attend the summit and view the agenda, visit the event webpage.