UW System looking at consolidation between UW branch campuses, technical colleges | Madison.com

UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone said at the panel that he’s working at Thompson’s direction with UW-Green Bay Chancellor Michael Alexander and others interested in “consolidation possibilities.” The first meeting was held Jan. 25.

Source: UW System looking at consolidation between UW branch campuses, technical colleges | Madison.com

Thompson: UW schools to increase virus testing next semester

FOX 11 spoke exclusively with UW System President Tommy Thompson to see how the schools are looking to slow the spread.

“In the first semester, we only did testing of the residents once a week. And now we’re going to test everyone in the residence halls at least once a week, and maybe twice a week. And those individual students living off campus were not tested first semester, we’re going to test them once every other week,”  Thompson said.

Source: Thompson: UW schools to increase virus testing next semester, WLUK

Employee Assistance Program Vendor Change

Effective January 1, 2021, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) vendor will change from FEI to Kepro. The EAP is a free, confidential program available to you and the family members living in your household. You can contact Kepro for assistance with:

  • Emotional Situations: relationships, parenting, grieving
  • Work/Life Challenges: child care, elder care, adoption
  • Legal and Financial Circumstances: managing expenses or debt, preparation of simple wills, child custody or child support

You may contact Kepro online (code SOWI) or by calling 833-539-7285. You will need to create an account to access the EAP resources online.

Professional counselors are available via phone, virtual visit or on an in-person basis. The program will continue to provide up to six sessions per person per issue per year. If additional counseling is necessary, Kepro will assist you with accessing providers covered by your health insurance plan.

If you are currently receiving counseling sessions through FEI: Since the EAP is a confidential program, the UW System does not know what services, if any, you are using. Although your sessions will end with FEI on December 31, 2020, you may contact Kepro on/after January 1, 2021 to initiate services with Kepro. FEI notified their counselors of this change. However, you may also want to talk to your current counselor to find out if they are a Kepro provider.

  • If the counselor is already a Kepro provider you may begin scheduling your sessions to occur on/after January 1stwith the same counselor.
  • If the counselor is not yet part of Kepro’s network, the counselor may work with Kepro to become a Kepro provider so you may continue your sessions with the same counselor. If your counselor does not become a Kepro provider or if you would like to see a different counselor, you should contact Kepro for assistance.

Privacy is strictly protected within legal limits. Information about your contact with the EAP will not be released without your prior consent except in cases of imminent threat of harm or when abuse of a child or vulnerable adult may be occurring.

You may not need assistance now, but if you or a household member needs help in the future, Kepro will be available to help. For additional information, go to the UW System EAP webpage.

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