April 2, 2020 Board of Regents will be live-streamed

The April Board of Regents meeting has been changed to a half-day teleconference on Thursday, April 2, 2020, from 9:15 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m.  Click here to listen to a live stream of the meeting.

The full Board agenda is available online in PDF format.

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UW System to launch new EApp electronic application

New EApp will reduce fees, offer easier navigation, and allow first-time applicants to apply to any UW System university

MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross announced today (April 1, 2020) the creation of a new electronic application system, EApp, to be launched this fall for prospective students applying to attend a UW System university.

The new EApp will provide reduced application fees, offer easier navigation, and allow first-time undergraduate applicants to apply to more than one UW System school using a single application. The UW System Board of Regents will vote Thursday on adopting the new application.

“As I traveled the state, visiting our campuses and meeting students as part of our All In Wisconsin tour, one consistent piece of advice I heard was to simplify admissions, particularly the application process,” UW System President Ray Cross said. “We have taken that advice, and I am excited to see the results this fall and going forward.”

Cross said the new EApp was under development prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it is even more critical now for families and students to have an easy, low-cost application.

Beginning August 1, 2020, all prospective students—including new freshmen, transfer students, international students, and non-traditional students—will be able to use the EApp to apply to any university in the UW System.

Under the new EApp, students will pay $25 to apply to each university except UW-Madison. That’s a reduction from the current cost of $50 for all universities except UW-Madison, which has a $60 application fee it will retain.

As part of the new application process, students who are transferring internally within the UW System will not need to write an application essay for admission and will not be charged an application fee as long as they transfer within one semester of leaving a UW System university and did not attend a university outside of the UW System in between.

Cross said the redesigned EApp will also be simpler for students, which means they will be more likely to complete the application once they start. The EApp will also include a simplified waiver process for students who can’t afford the application fee.

“As Regents, we are always looking for ways to expand access opportunities,” Regent President Andrew S. Petersen said. “We believe this new EApp will provide a better experience for anyone looking to attend a UW System university.”

Released by the UW System, April 1, 2020

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UW-Green Bay to offer online cybersecurity degree – Insight Publications

UW-Green Bay and several other UW System schools will soon offer a new online Master of Science degree in cybersecurity. The UW System Board of Regents recently approved the new 12-course, 34-credit online degree as a collaboration between the UW System Extended Campus, UW Oshkosh, UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, UW-Stevens Point and UW-Superior. The degree will feature four unique tracks of study, allowing students to focus their education in one or more cybersecurity areas: digital forensics, cyber response, governance and leadership, and security architecture. While all graduate students can take the program, it is intended for students with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, information systems or computer engineering, or students with professional experience in the IT field. Courses will begin this fall. For more information on the program, visit ce.uwex.edu/cybersecurity/. Source: UW-Green Bay, Oshkosh to offer online cybersecurity degree – Insight Publications

Wisconsin SBDC celebrates 40 years of helping businesses

The Wisconsin Small Business Development (SBDC) Network is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2020 as one of the first SBDCs in the country. U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin paved the way for this critical assistance to new and existing businesses by spearheading the Small Business Development Act of 1980.

Today, the Wisconsin SBDC Network’s no-cost, confidential consulting and business education are accessible to anyone anywhere across 13 locations. In 2019, the SBDC served 4,658 clients, resulting in $91.3 million in capital investment, 300 new businesses and 19,717 jobs supported.

“Small businesses are the heart of our communities and economies,” said Bon Wikenheiser, state director. “We are grateful to be a trusted resource for business owners, whether they’re writing a business plan, looking for financing, exploring new markets, developing new products, ramping up their marketing or preparing to sell to the next generation.”

The University of Wisconsin System has hosted the Wisconsin SBDC since its inception, with the state’s first centers at UW-Eau Claire, UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Platteville, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Superior and UW-Whitewater. This partnership, a financial match to U.S. Small Business Administration funding, has been integral to its success throughout its 40-year history.

“Our universities are proud partners of the SBDC network and know what a vital service it provides to businesses in our communities,” said UW System President Ray Cross. “Collaborating with Wisconsin’s SBDCs to help the state’s most innovative and creative entrepreneurs find success reflects UW System’s longstanding commitment to the Wisconsin Idea and our mission to serve the people of Wisconsin.”

An anniversary highlight will be March 18, 2020, the fourth annual SBDC Day, which celebrates the collective impact and success of SBDCs across the nation and in local communities. Small businesses, partners and advocates are invited to use the hashtag #SBDCDay and #SBDCsCelebrate40.

With nearly 1,000 locations across the country, SBDCs provide local businesses and entrepreneurs with the resources needed to succeed. In 2018, America’s SBDC clients experienced annual sales growth of 17.7 percent, almost four and a half times more than the national average. SBDC assistance resulted in 99,194 jobs created, $7 billion in sales growth, $5.6 billion in capital investments, and 16,499 new businesses started.

“SBDC clients give their SBDCs 4.4 out of 5 stars, and 93 percent of SBDC clients recommend their SBDCs to other small businesses. With 40 years of expertise, proven ROI and stellar client ratings, it’s clear that America’s SBDCs are the nation’s most trusted small business resource,” said Charles “Tee” Rowe, President & CEO of America’s SBDC.

This release is reprinted from the SBDC

Wisconsin Sea Grant to provide more than $5.8 million for Great Lakes research, education and outreach over two years – Wisconsin Sea Grant

The University of Wisconsin Sea Grant College Program today announced the award of more than $5.8 million in Great Lakes research, education and outreach dollars for 2020-22 as part of a federal-state partnership. Sea Grant will fund 15 research, three education and 32 outreach projects on six University of Wisconsin campuses and at a private college. Other entities will participate in the projects, such as the Wisconsin Historical Society, which will conduct research on Great Lakes shipwrecks.

Source: Wisconsin Sea Grant to provide more than $5.8 million for Great Lakes research, education and outreach over two years – Wisconsin Sea Grant

Thompson leadership center allocates $1 million for public policy research, conferences · The Badger Herald

The University of Wisconsin’s Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership allocated $1 million in grants for public policy speakers, conferences and faculty research projects, they announced Monday. According to the center’s website, next year’s topics are digital privacy and “reforming the administrative state.” Thompson Center Director Ryan Owens said the $1 million will come from two grants, each worth $500,000. The first grant provides funds to send speakers to UW System campuses, as well as hold conferences at different UW System schools, while the second grand will award funds for faculty members to pursue research projects in these areas. Vice President Mike Pence touts school choice programs at Wisconsin State Capitol Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the Capitol Tuesday for the National School Choice Week Showcase, produced by Wisconsin’s Hispanics Read… Owens said this year, the center is focusing on policies related to disability access and renewable energy. He said they’re bringing accomplished speakers to the UW System—notably presidential historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Michael Beschloss, who will speak at UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center next month. Source: Thompson leadership center allocates $1 million for public policy research, conferences · The Badger Herald

UW-Green Bay chancellor finalists named

MADISON, Wis.—University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross today announced four finalists for the position of chancellor at University of Wisconsin–Green Bay, a four-campus university with locations in Green Bay, Manitowoc, Marinette and Sheboygan.

A 12-member Search and Screen Committee, led by Regent Robert Atwell and Professor of Biology Michael Draney, recommended a list of finalists. The Special Regent Committee determined that the following finalists will continue in the selection process.

The finalists, listed in alphabetical order, are:

In late February and early March, the four candidates will participate in separate public forums, offering opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and community members to interact directly with them.

President Cross and the Special Regent Committee will interview finalists March 26. The Special Regent Committee includes Regents Robert Atwell, Scott Beightol, Becky Levzow, and Karen Walsh. They will recommend one candidate to the full Board of Regents, which must approve the appointment.

The person selected through this process will be UW-Green Bay’s seventh chancellor.

For more information about the four candidates, the public conversations, and the search process, see the UW-Green Bay Chancellor Search website. For more information about UW-Green Bay, see uwgb.edu.

About UW-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to nearly 8,700 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

About the UW System

The University of Wisconsin System serves approximately 170,000 students. Awarding nearly 37,000 degrees annually, the UW System is Wisconsin’s talent pipeline, putting graduates in position to increase their earning power, contribute to their communities, and make Wisconsin a better place to live. More than 80 percent of in-state UW System graduates stay in Wisconsin five years after earning a degree. The UW System provides a 23:1 return on state investment. UW System institutions also contribute to the richness of Wisconsin’s culture and economy with groundbreaking research, new companies and patents, and boundless creative intellectual energy.

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Applications for UW System Symposium close on Feb. 21

The Office of Grants & Research and the Office of the Provost encourages you to advertise the following opportunity to your students and their faculty mentors! The 19th Annual UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity will take place Friday, April 24, 2020 at UW-Whitewater. The Office of Grants and Research will be providing transportation for this event and covering the registration fee for selected participants.

The final application deadline is 4:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Applicants must complete the Qualitrics survey in order to be considered as a presenter for this event. Please help us demonstrate the exceptional quality of research conducted by all UW- Green Bay campuses by encouraging your students to apply for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. To apply via Qualtrics survey, please follow the link. For more information about this event please visit https://www.uwgb.edu/research/uw-system-symposium/.