The university’s Office of Academic Planning and Institutional Research says its six-year graduation rate has risen to 89.2%, up from 88.5% last year. That’s more than 8% higher than the average 81.1% graduation rate of the university’s peers and puts it in the top 10 of public research universities.
The Associated Students of Madison moved to support a proposed resolution to create a statewide Student Governance Council and appointed a new equity and inclusion chair on Wednesday night.
Next summer, Blank will take on a new role as president of Northwestern University, and a new leader will eventually take the reins at UW-Madison. While students on campus had mixed reactions to this week’s announcement, ranging from excitement to disinterest, some shared personal memories of Blank. Many also felt hopeful about the change.
With significant financial support from Marv and Jeff Levy, two brothers and alumni at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the George L. Mosse Humanities building will soon be called Irving and Dorothy Levy Hall.
UW-Madison announced on Wednesday a $20 million donation for a new academic building that will help clear the way for the demolition of the Humanities Building.
Anational group that brings conservative speakers to colleges moved an event with Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, of Texas, which had been scheduled to take place on the UW-Madison campus Wednesday evening, off campus because it disagreed with the university’s indoor mask mandate. UW-Madison officials, however, shared emails that show the group had agreed to follow the university’s COVID-19 health protocols as a condition to rent space in Memorial Union.
A 2019 study by UW-Madison urban and regional planning professor Kurt Paulsen found the number of single-family home permits in the state dropped from more than 30,000 in 2004 to fewer than 12,500 permits authorized in 2017. The report found the lack of enough workforce housing was attributed to a failure to build enough homes to keep up with population growth, increased construction costs and outdated land use regulations driving up the cost of housing.
“Northwestern is a school that I have known and admired for years. Its reputation as a top-rated educational and research institution has grown each decade,” Blank wrote. “It will be my mission to make sure the institution’s reputation and quality continues to accelerate.”
“Leading UW–Madison and serving the people of Wisconsin has been an honor and a privilege,” Blank said. “Now it’s time to let someone else step into leadership. I have many connections with Northwestern and am excited about this new opportunity.”
The University of Wisconsin-Madison and Edgewood College co-hosted the 29th annual Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Asexual College Conference at the Monona Terrace over the weekend.
Blank highlighted UW-Madison’s designation as a “Green Ribbon School,” the first of the Big Ten to earn such an award. Reducing environmental impacts and costs, improving the health and wellness of faculty and staff and providing effective environmental and sustainability education are components considered in the selection of Green Ribbon schools.
Blank has been with UW-Madison since 2013. Prior to her tenure at UW-Madison, Blank worked in three different presidential administrations, was dean of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and was a member of Northwestern University’s faculty as the director of the Joint Center for Poverty Research.
University of Wisconsin sophomore Cassandra Guzman is the first of her family to attend college. Guzman said she felt anxious applying for schools without the help of a parent who had gone through the process before.
Northwestern announced Blank’s selection Monday, where she will succeed Northwestern’s 17th president Morton Schapiro. Blank will become the first female president in Northwestern University history.
The university announced Monday morning that Blank will become the next president of Northwestern University starting in summer 2022, where she will make history as the institution’s first woman president. She will replace long-time president Morton Schapiro, who assumed leadership in 2009 and announced his departure from Northwestern in March.
Blank, who announced Monday she is leaving to become president of Northwestern University in 2022, was named chancellor here in February 2013 when she was acting secretary of commerce under President Obama. Now she is leaving, and the consensus among insiders I spoke with Monday was that (a) she’s done an excellent job of navigating UW through exceptionally challenging times and (b) finding a replacement of her stature may prove profoundly difficult.
Blank became chancellor of UW-Madison in 2013. She has deep ties to Northwestern and the Chicago area, serving as a faculty member from 1989 to 1999 and directing the Joint Center for Poverty Research. She was married in Chicago and her daughter attended Northwestern as a student.
Iya Khalil, head of the global AI innovation center Novartis, and Anthony Gitter, a University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of biostatistics and medical informatics, joined Friedel for a discussion on the use of AI in medicine at this year’s Wisconsin Biohealth Summit. The three speakers shared how companies, including Wisconsin’s postsecondary institutions, are using technology to improve human health.
With the help of students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Edgewood College, Madison is welcoming the largest and oldest conference for queer and trans college students this weekend.
At the same time, the class includes the most in-state students of any freshman class since 2001. And while the balance has shifted, UW-Madison officials say that’s not necessarily a bad thing. With their higher tuition, out-of-state students help fund many of the university’s priorities.
She came to the University of Wisconsin in 1957 to re-develop the class piano program and to teach more advanced students, retiring in 1990.
Column by state Sen. Jeff Smith, D-Eau Claire: The “Reaching Higher for Higher Education” package builds off of Gov. Tony Evers’ commitment to college affordability. The majority party made significant changes to the governor’s 2021-23 budget proposal, but there is still time to fix higher education by passing these bills.
Tom Erickson, the director of the new UW-Madison School of Computer, Data and Information Sciences, brought a message of statewide engagement with industry to a meeting of the Wisconsin Technology Council board of directors. From tourism to agriculture, and from manufacturing to transportation, computing and data is changing how those sectors perform while inventing new industries along the way.
Offering gift cards to pregnant women on Medicaid who smoke if they receive home visits and calls encouraging them to quit could save money by reducing health care costs from conditions such as preterm birth and asthma, according to a UW-Madison study.
Friday marks 100 days of Chris McIntosh’s tenure as University of Wisconsin athletic director, and it has been as eventful a time as expected given the forecast for change around college athletics.
Children of Afghan refugees at Fort McCoy will have new toys to play with thanks to a UW-La Crosse toy drive.
The first session included Pat Setji, general manager of screening at Exact Sciences; Betsy Nugent, chief clinical research officer at UW Health and the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health; and Ayesha Ahmed, general counsel and vice president of human resources at Nexus Pharmaceuticals.
After months of grim financial forecasts, University of Wisconsin System leaders presented a much rosier financial outlook this week as campuses settle into another school year shadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aformer UW-Whitewater student sued the University of Wisconsin System this week, alleging university employees failed to protect her and others from the husband of a former chancellor who she said sexually harassed and assaulted them.
UW-Madison spokeswoman Meredith McGlone said Wednesday that the original announcement of the hires cited in the group’s complaint was inaccurate.
As a professor at the UW Madison School of Medicine, he was a devoted teacher and researcher until his retirement in 1998.
For students with disabilities or those who are immunocompromised, the reentry into classrooms has brought feelings of isolation, anxiety and helplessness — contrary to many students who have embraced the return.
Aconservative legal group has threatened legal action against the University of Wisconsin-Madison for hiring three mental health providers to serve only students of color.
Continuing an unrelenting trend, a developer is proposing to demolish eight two- and three-story apartment buildings for an estimated $50 million, 12-story housing project at the corner of North Bassett and West Johnson streets Downtown.
Scott Dikkers, creator of the website known for its witty irony and satirical, irreverent take on the news, will appear in Memorial Union’s Shannon Hall at 7 p.m. Monday as part of the free Wisconsin Union Directorate’s Distinguished Lecture Series.
According to fall 2021 enrollment data released last week, 8,500 freshmen are enrolled at UW-Madison this semester — a 16% increase compared to last fall’s freshmen. The class comes from a pool of 53,829 applicants, a record-setting number that has risen 17% over the past year. The university has nearly 48,000 students total attending this fall semester, up from 45,540 last year.
After a season where fake was the fad for in-person fan support — by pandemic necessity, not by choice — there have been small steps toward a regular arena environment in the past few days for both the University of Wisconsin hockey teams.
The UW Board of Regents approved the new deal, which pays Chryst $5.25 million this year, in closed session Sept. 1. That was three days before the Badgers opened the season with a home loss to Penn State. UW provided the contract Monday in response to a public records request that was filed the day of the meeting.
The UW-Madison Faculty Senate apologized on Monday for scheduling the first day of classes this year on a major Jewish holiday and changed its calendar approval process in an attempt to avoid similar scheduling conflicts in the future.
She was employed by the University of Wisconsin for 40 years.
The new fitness facility on the site of the former natatorium, 2000 Observatory Drive, will bear the name of the Bakke family, who are contributing $20 million to the $113.2 million project expected to open in 2023.
UW-Madison Police arrested a man on a tentative charge of disorderly conduct with a hate crime enhancer after he allegedly spit on and made comments about COVID-19 to an Asian-American student last month.
The University of Wisconsin is naming its football field at Camp Randall Stadium after former football coach and athletic director Barry Alvarez.
A new recreation center is set to be built in place of the former Natatorium outside Dejope Residence Hall, and overlooking Lake Mendota. The $113.2 million establishment will be named the Bakke Recreation and Wellbeing Center.
The university held a ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday, even though construction actually started in the spring. The facility is named after Jim and Sue Bakke. They gave $20 million for the $113 million project.
Mental health professionals will start responding with UW-Madison Police officers next week to certain calls, the university announced Friday. The “co-responder model” consists of two trained University Health Services workers joining UWPD officers on calls where students are experiencing a mental health crisis. The duties of mental health crisis workers include taking students to the hospital, if necessary. UWPD Chief Kristen Roman explained that this partnership has been planned out since 2020, with help from the Mental Health Services’ Student Advisory Board, BIPOC Coalition and Associated Students of Madison.
UW-Madison police reported that 50 people were ejected from Camp Randall Stadium and 23 people were arrested during Saturday’s game between the Badgers and Michigan.
Barry Alvarez had his day at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday and as he walked onto the field that will soon bear his name the crowd sent down a thunderous ovation.
She was employed as a research coordinator by the University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology until her retirement in 1998.
He received an appointment at the University of Virginia, and by 1970 was invited to join the faculty of the English Department of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with tenure. Herring was a popular teacher of Modernist literature, but in addition had a long career as a scholarly writer and biographer, producing important works on James Joyce and Djuna Barnes.
Eli Tsarovsky graduated from the University of Wisconsin last May after majoring in biochemistry. In August, he was voted president of the Campus Area Neighborhood Association and he also works as the community health AmeriCorps coordinator.
Professor Erin Barbato, director of the clinic, and her law students will help the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops with volunteer legal aid, helping refugees with information about their legal status in the country, possible visa applications, and what pathways to citizenship might be open to them.
To help stop the spread of the COVID-19, and to ease the fears of students with varying comfort levels, on Aug. 5, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s mask mandate went into effect. “The recent arrival in the U.S. of the more infectious Delta variant of COVID-19 has led to a steep rise in cases across the country, including here in Wisconsin,” a statement from the university read.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s University Health Services will now offer a third “booster” shot of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine to students and employees. UHS is offering the third dose of Moderna or Pfizer to eligible students and employees who are moderately or severely immunocompromised and may have not received adequate production from the first two doses.
While larger Madison companies and other universities have begun to require vaccines, the University of Wisconsin has taken a different approach. The UW policy for students and employees requires anyone who has not provided proof of vaccination to University Health Services to get tested weekly on campus, according to an email UW sent to students.
The announcement Tuesday said that because UW-Stout met its campus goal, the UW System will award 70 $7,000 scholarships this fall in a drawing to students at campuses that have reached the 70%-vaccinated mark.
He was a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Wisconsin Surgical Society, the Wisconsin Surgical Club, the General Thoracic Surgical Club and a Professor Emeritus. He had many “firsts” for the University: separating the first conjoined twins, the first lung transplant, the first double lung transplant, and the first heart lung transplant.
The newly introduced plans follow concerns from legislators and students against breaking up District 8. The City of Madison is still considering Concept 5b, which would move the Lakeshore dorms and eventually the Spring Street and College Court neighborhoods into District 5 but keep the rest of campus buildings in District 8.
UW-Madison students will soon have a new place to relax, play, and exercise: A state-of-the-art recreation and wellbeing center.