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March 6, 2013

Message to Madison: Quality, student access and success

Superior and Milwaukee team up to address regents on quality, student access and student success, and congratulations on a great HLC visit.

Greetings Colleagues,

I write this brief message tonight from Madison.  There is a Board of Regents meeting tomorrow; it carries over from the previous session when UW-Milwaukee chancellor and I made a presentation on the themes of quality, student access, and student success.  Tomorrow will be a "deep dive", intensive meeting focused on the same topics.  This period has been a busy couple of weeks. 

I am sure that the subject most keenly on your minds is the outcome of our Higher Learning Commission visit.  The team left campus this morning after their closing session with the Chancellor's Cabinet and the HLC Self Study Team.  I can tell you that the visit was a very positive one with many compliments on the work we are doing in a number of areas (e.g., CETL, Multi-cultural Affairs, research centers, HIPS implementation).  The team was impressed with the hard work of the Self Study Team and the Resource Room.  The concerns cited were not a surprise and were items that we as a campus are addressing.  A fuller discussion of those issues and next steps will be discussed at the forthcoming campus forum.

I want to thank everyone who was involved in making the HLC accreditation visit a success.  Getting ready for this "inspection" was an enormous task, especially since everyday work did not stop in the meantime (and did we not have that small flooding problem?).  Kudos to the team members and to all of the contributors to the document and resources!

A State-of-the-Campus Update has been scheduled for noon on Wednesday, March 13 in the Erlenbach Lecture Hall, Swenson Hall.  Presented will be a fiscal update, summary of the Governor's proposed budget, a discussion of HLC outcomes and next steps, and an overview of our upcoming strategic planning and branding projects.

We have much to celebrate regarding how far this campus has come in the last few short years and a lot to look forward to!




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