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April 8, 2013

Regents mull MOOCs, campus goes global

The Regents look at massive online open courses, or MOOCs, a major higher education trend.

Dear Colleagues,

This last week, the Board of Regents held its meeting in La Crosse.  Highlights from the board meeting: 1) presentations over a MOOC for remedial math offered by UW-LaCrosse and several to be offered by UW-Madison; 2) followed by discussion of the role of MOOCs in the educational landscape.  The discussion was quite lively, and there was a great deal of interest in using innovation, but doing so in a planned manner.  3) Presentations were made by several campuses with regard to proposals to target the Economic Development Initiative money IF the budget is passed.  Many involved the creation or coordination of a business incubator/accelerator.  4) A panel of entrepreneurs presented on their experience with the UW schools in doing joint projects.  5) An overview of the Flexible Degree option was offered.  6) An overview was provided by UW System with regard to degree production and program array.  This conversation was also quite robust; much interest in the alignment of degrees with economic needs exists.  Economic development , innovation, and efficiencies - these will be recurring themes during this budget process and beyond.

Steve Reno, our consultant, was on campus on Monday, April 1 to more fully receive a personal introduction to the campus.  Thank you to all who took the time to meet with him.  He was very enthusiastic about the conversations which took place.  He appreciated your interest and candor.  We will be working with him to coordinate next steps in the process of strategic planning and to organize a formal kickoff.

Next week is Global Awareness week!  If you have traditional ethnic clothing, please help our campus to resemble a mini-United Nations by wearing your special outfit on Tuesday, April 9!  UW-Superior alumnus Cher Pao Vang will speak on the Hmong experience: How the Generations Have Adjusted to Life in the U.S. on Tuesday, April 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Multicultural Center, Old Main 232 as part of the Diversity Dialogue sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.  The film, The Ramallah Concert - Knowledge is the Beginning, concerning conflict and tension in Israel and Palestine will be shown on Tuesday from 7:00-9:30 p.m. in Erlenbach Lecture Hall, Swenson 1004.  Wednesday, April 10, the Oxfam Hunger Banquet will be a feature in the Multicultural Center at 7:00 p.m., sponsored by the International Peace Studies Association.   Try your skills at Ping Pong, a highly competitive sport in other areas of the world, on Thursday, April 11. You won't want to miss the World Student Association's annual International Cooking Demonstration at noon on Saturday, April 13 in the Pilgrim Lutheran Church adjacent to the campus.  Family Fun Day on Sunday, April 14 from 3:00-6:00 p.m. in the YU Atrium will wrap up the week with a drumming circle performed by students from the Nettleton Elementary School in Duluth; international crafts, story-telling from different cultures, and games.

We had several wonderful concerts on campus, including the very well-attended faculty recital with Josh Aerie and Melanie Sever, the Jazz Luncheon, and the High School Honors Orchestra. 

Have you seen the new billboards for Unleash Your Superior Side?

? Some day our spring will come!?


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