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More than half of new jobs created in Wisconsin will require some kind of college degree, and more than a third of those will need people with four-year degrees or higher. Today, UW campuses and online degree programs confer more than 36,000 degrees per year.

The majority of those degree-holders continue to call Wisconsin home after graduation. More than 80% of Wisconsin residents who attend a UW institution choose to remain in Wisconsin following graduation, and 85% of all UW System alumni say they were “effectively prepared with the knowledge and skills they needed” in the workplace.

Building on this solid foundation, UW System is focused on new strategies to further strengthen Wisconsin’s workforce:

  • More graduates: The UW System’s More Graduates for Wisconsin initiative plans to boost the cumulative number of graduates by tens of thousands by the year 2025.
  • More seats in UW classrooms: Students today are finishing their degrees faster with fewer credits, saving money and freeing up classroom space. Over the past 16 years, these efficiencies made room for 11,000 more students. Degrees awarded annually have grown 19% over the last decade.
  • New flexible learning options: In Wisconsin, about one in five adults – or 700,000 people – have some college credit, but no degree. Campuses are providing convenient learning opportunities, including accelerated, hybrid, online, evening, and weekend courses. UW System’s new Flexible Degree Initiative intends to provide new pathways for working adults and other nontraditional students, while recognizing competencies gained outside the traditional classroom setting. See a list of top online schools in Wisconsin.
  • New pre-college options:  Starting in fall 2013, more high school students will earn high school and UW credit simultaneously as part of a statewide “dual enrollment” initiative to provide earlier access to college classes and reduce the cost of a college degree. Other K-12 outreach efforts include mentoring programs, college tours, and participation in KnowHow2Go, a national campaign to raise college aspirations in young people and teach them how to get there.  These efforts are to counter a trend predicting only three in 10 eighth graders will earn a two- or four-year degree.
  • Expanded transfer opportunities: Students need choices and flexibility in their educational careers. Many programs exist to help students begin college at one UW campus and get their degree from another. The UW System’s nationally recognized Transfer Information System (TIS) uses an interactive online “wizard” to guide students and create seamless cross-campus transfers statewide.
  • College affordability: Compared to other public universities, UW tuition is low, but aid to students with financial need lags. The UW System is partnering to grow new public and private investments in financial aid. These include the Wisconsin Covenant, a program promising students who get good grades and are good citizens a spot in a Wisconsin college, and the Fund for Wisconsin Scholars, a private endowment providing scholarships to lower-income UW and technical college students. A tuition assistance grant, effective for the 2011-12 academic year, offset a portion of tuition for qualifying UW resident undergraduates whose families earn up to the state’s median family income of $60,000 and have unmet financial need. UW Colleges tuition was frozen at 2006 levels through 2010-11, and went up 5.5% for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.
  • Capacity to meet workforce needs: Today, more than 27% of UW undergraduate degrees are conferred in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM fields). Over the past 20 years, the number of degrees in STEM fields has increased by 46%, while the degrees in health-related fields have increased 39%.
  • Shared learning outcomes: As technological advances transform today’s workplace, employers want college graduates to be adaptable and flexible.  In addition to acquiring specialized knowledge and skills, UW students learn to think critically, write clearly, speak persuasively, understand and appreciate diversity. They work in teams, respect diversity, and bring a sense of informed citizenship to their work lives.

 

UW-Eau Claire: New way to create 3-D models has computer, education fields buzzing

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Collaboration, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Featured, Responsiveness, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Workforce, Technology, Uncategorized, UW-Eau Claire | 0 comments

UW-Eau Claire: New way to create 3-D models has computer, education fields buzzing

A new computer programming language for creating 3-D models is generating a lot of buzz in computer science and education circles. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire assistant professor who created Madeup — a program that allows people to code shapes and print them as 3-D models — is a tad surprised but very encouraged by the positive response to his project, as well as the financial support it’s receiving through the crowd-sourced funding its getting on Kickstarter.com. As its name suggests, Madeup is a programming language for...

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UW-Milwaukee student entrepreneurs could change how athletes compete

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Collaboration, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Featured, Manufacturing, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Technology, UW-Milwaukee | 0 comments

UW-Milwaukee student entrepreneurs could change how athletes compete

What will a good idea get you? At UW-Milwaukee, maybe your own company. The Student Startup Challenge provides funding and classroom support to help winners develop prototypes, mobile applications and business plans. Four of this year’s winning entries could change the game for athletes. Stoking the pace of speed skating Gaining an edge at the start of a race tops competitive speed skaters’ wish lists. With this in mind, Brent Aussprung redesigned the skate used by professionals so it can deliver power when they need it most. Aussprung has...

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UW-Stout project takes AIM at teacher support, retention through the arts

Posted by on May 13, 2015 in Arts, Collaboration, Cultural Impact, Featured, Human Resources, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Uncategorized, UW-Stout | 0 comments

UW-Stout project takes AIM at teacher support, retention through the arts

Menomonie, Wis. — During the next two years, University of Wisconsin-Stout will launch Arts Integration Menomonie to support teacher candidates and retain early career teachers in the Menomonie school district. AIM is taking direct aim at infusing arts into the curricular and instructional tool belt of city kindergarten through third-grade teachers and in the art education and early childhood education teacher programs at UW-Stout. In the process, AIM will provide extra training and support for young teachers. UW-Stout will partner with the...

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UW-La Crosse lab professionals help meet national demand

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Collaboration, Featured, Healthcare, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, UW-La Crosse | 0 comments

UW-La Crosse lab professionals help meet national demand

UW-La Crosse Senior Kayla Kuhn recently accepted a position at St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The career prospects for someone in her field — Clinical Laboratory Science — are good, she says. And, as a soon-to-be graduate of UW-L’s program, the outlook is even better. “Classes at UW-L are tough, but they’re tough for a reason,” notes Kuhn. “UW-L’s program has a very strong reputation of preparing students extremely well, so that alone has a significant impact in my career outlook.” UW-L’s Clinical Laboratory...

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Motion Capture at UW-Whitewater

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in Arts, Collaboration, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Featured, Healthcare, Responsiveness, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Technology, Uncategorized, UW-Whitewater | 0 comments

Motion Capture at UW-Whitewater

From gaming to science to physical therapy, the possibilities are endless for students learning in UW-Whitewater’s motion capture studio.

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UW-Eau Claire music grad strikes a chord: Customer focus cornerstone of business success

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in Collaboration, Entrepreneurship, Featured, Human Resources, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Technology, UW-Eau Claire | 0 comments

UW-Eau Claire music grad strikes a chord: Customer focus cornerstone of business success

UW-Eau Claire alumnus Zach Halmstad was a master on the piano keyboard when he graduated as a music major in 2004, but he ultimately found his future career path on a much different type of keyboard. As a sophomore, Halmstad was hired to work in UW-Eau Claire’s Learning and Technology Services by Chip Eckardt, LTS chief information officer, and learned the basics of supporting Macintosh computer operating systems. “I first hired Zach as a student to provide Mac support,” Eckardt said. “At that time there weren’t many students who...

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UW-La Crosse interns, alumni help keep the Trane Co. on track

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Collaboration, Engineering, Featured, Manufacturing, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Workforce, Technology, UW-La Crosse | 0 comments

UW-La Crosse interns, alumni help keep the Trane Co. on track

UW-La Crosse (UW-L) students are jumping aboard the Trane. They’re increasingly finding training and future careers at the international employer located in their backyard — Trane Co., a business of Ingersoll Rand. The Trane La Crosse campus employs more UW-L interns than any other company. Many of those interns go on to work at Trane, becoming software developers, engineers and accountants who have helped the company become a world leader in heating and air conditioning equipment. Trane is a great example of a company that uses an...

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UW-Stout students get feedback from industry pros on product designs

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Collaboration, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Featured, Manufacturing, Responsiveness, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Workforce, Technology, Uncategorized, UW-Stout | 0 comments

UW-Stout students get feedback from industry pros on product designs

Menomonie, Wis. — For a group of industrial design students at University of Wisconsin-Stout, it wasn’t just another day in the classroom. It was a day of reckoning, academically speaking. Associate Professor Jennifer Astwood had assigned them to design an injection-molded consumer product for the college-age market, something they should know a little about. They also were required to create a working prototype in a lab. The final aspect of the project may have been the most pressure-packed: They would present their ideas to professional...

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UW-Platteville Sky’s the Limit program to send USB chargers to Sudan

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Collaboration, Cultural Impact, Engineering, Featured, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Technology, Uncategorized, UW-Platteville | 0 comments

UW-Platteville Sky’s the Limit program to send USB chargers to Sudan

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — Dr. Kristina Fields, an associate professor of civil engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, is the curriculum manager for the Sky’s the Limit program, an engineering outreach program for girls in grades 7-12 initiated in 2010 by Tammy Salmon-Stephens, director of the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science Student Success Programs. Fields works to create hands-on multi-disciplinary science, mathematics and engineering projects for the participants by working directly with UW-Platteville faculty,...

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UWO’s AeroInnovate earns national economic development award

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Collaboration, Engineering, Featured, Manufacturing, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Technology, UW Oshkosh | 0 comments

UWO’s AeroInnovate earns national economic development award

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Business Success Center’s unique aviation and aerospace networking and consulting enterprise, AeroInnovate, has, once again, ascended into some rare air. The seven-year-old UW Oshkosh Business Success Center offshoot won first place for Leadership & Collaboration at the national University Economic Development Association (UEDA) summit in Santa Fe, N.M. on Sept. 30 The UEDA describes itself as “the cornerstone membership organization representing higher education, private sector and community...

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