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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 33,400 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 receives grant to prepare students for careers in geospatial industry

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Agriculture, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Environment, Featured, Healthcare, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Workforce, UW-Eau Claire | 0 comments

UW-Eau Claire receives grant to prepare students for careers in geospatial industry

EAU CLAIRE — Geospatial education at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is undergoing a significant transformation to provide students with real-world training, skills and workforce readiness necessary for successful careers in the growing geospatial industry. An interdisciplinary Geospatial Education Initiative (GEI) developed at UW-Eau Claire by a team of faculty members from the geography and anthropology, physics and astronomy, computer science, and information systems departments has been awarded a three-year $418,869 grant from the...

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Good to the corps: UW-La Crosse grad revives statewide organization dedicated to conservation, job preparation

Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Environment, Featured, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Good to the corps: UW-La Crosse grad revives statewide organization dedicated to conservation, job preparation

A UW-La Crosse alumnus is providing career readiness while promoting conservation in Wisconsin. Matthew Brantner revived a Wisconsin conservation corps after a six-year long hiatus. Gar Amunson, superintendent of parks for the City of La Crosse, recalls when an enthusiastic Brantner came into his office with the goal of starting WisCorps more than five years ago. “You have to go a long way to find someone with that much energy and ambition,” says Amunson. “He’s done it and he’s been very successful.” Brantner has built the...

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Oscar Mayer partners with UW-River Falls to improve animal welfare

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Agriculture, Collaboration, Environment, Featured, Online Learning, Responsiveness, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Workforce, Uncategorized, UW-River Falls | 0 comments

Oscar Mayer partners with UW-River Falls to improve animal welfare

The Oscar Mayer brand today announced a partnership with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls (UWRF) to focus on animal welfare issues. The program will train the next generation of animal welfare leaders, including farmers, scientists, processors and veterinarians. The goal is to find solutions that are right for the environment and animals and sustainable for our suppliers and their farm families. “From the beginning, Oscar Mayer has been committed to finding better ways,” said Tricia White, Oscar Mayer Vice President of...

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Young African leaders at UW-Stout inspired by America

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Collaboration, Cultural Impact, Entrepreneurship, Featured, Responsiveness, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, UW-Stout | 0 comments

Young African leaders at UW-Stout inspired by America

Menomonie, Wis. — Esther Tola is very impressed with what she’s learned so far about the United States. At University of Wisconsin-Stout, in Menomonie and in other parts of west-central Wisconsin, she sees a high standard of living and people routinely obeying the laws and regulations, creating an orderly, progressive society. “Everyday I see inspiring things. Everything is so clean. It’s amazing. I’m learning a lot,” said Tola, 33. Life is not nearly as good in her home country, Benin, in western Africa bordering Nigeria....

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Lake Michigan cleanup efforts create economic tidal wave, UW-Whitewater study finds

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Agriculture, Collaboration, Cultural Impact, Engineering, Environment, Featured, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Technology, Tourism, UW-Whitewater | 0 comments

Lake Michigan cleanup efforts create economic tidal wave, UW-Whitewater study finds

Efforts to enhance Lake Michigan and its tributaries, wetlands and waterfront communities are creating hundreds of jobs and injecting more than $35 million into the economy of southeast Wisconsin. Those are among the findings of a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater study that analyzed the economic impact of projects funded by the Fund for Lake Michigan (FFLM). Created in 2011, FFLM awards grants annually to local governments, nonprofits, utilities and faith-based groups. Between 2011-2013, FFLM awarded 71 grants totaling roughly $7.5...

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Thermodata moves to Whitewater University Innovation Center

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Collaboration, Entrepreneurship, Environment, Featured, Healthcare, Responsiveness, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Technology, Uncategorized, UW-Whitewater | 0 comments

Thermodata moves to Whitewater University Innovation Center

Thermodata, an international corporation with clients on every continent, has moved its world headquarters to the Innovation Center at Whitewater University Technology Park. The company develops and markets temperature-monitoring systems for a wide range of industries, including health care, food service, scientific research and public health. “I am pleased to welcome Thermodata to the Innovation Center and to a growing community of technology companies in the area,” said Richard Telfer, UW-Whitewater chancellor. “With only one...

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Alta Resources, UW Oshkosh College of Business partner in Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Collaboration, Entrepreneurship, Featured, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Technology, Uncategorized, UW Oshkosh | 0 comments

Alta Resources, UW Oshkosh College of Business partner in Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The next social-media tycoon or manufacturing innovator may very well be a University of Wisconsin Oshkosh student. To encourage aspiring students to chase their career- and business-development dreams, Neenah-based Alta Resources is pledging funding support to UW Oshkosh, which will enable budding entrepreneurs to launch their new-business ventures. UW Oshkosh announced an agreement with Alta Resources on April 30, which will support the UW Oshkosh Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation; the Center will become the Alta Resources Center...

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UW-Extension center helps entrepreneurs turn good ideas into reality to improve people’s lives

Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Collaboration, Entrepreneurship, Featured, Healthcare, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Technology, UW-Extension, UW-Madison | 0 comments

UW-Extension center helps entrepreneurs turn good ideas into reality to improve people’s lives

Dr. Erwin Berthier studied biomedical engineering because he wanted to change the world.  Since he co-founded Tasso, Inc., his dream of making a difference in people’s lives is one step closer to reality. In Berthier’s work in the UW-Madison lab of Dr. David Beebe, he made note of technological innovations that allow researchers to study blood samples with incredible precision and accuracy. But while sample analysis techniques have improved the ability to diagnose and even predict certain diseases, how blood samples are collected –...

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Mining company commits $50,000 annually to UW-Eau Claire Responsible Mining Initiative

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Collaboration, Environment, Featured, Responsiveness, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, UW-Eau Claire | 0 comments

Mining company commits $50,000 annually to UW-Eau Claire Responsible Mining Initiative

EAU CLAIRE — A North American mining company with operations in Wisconsin is investing more than $50,000 annually in a new Responsible Mining Initiative being established at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Unimin announced this month that it will invest the monies in summer internships, scholarships and grants specifically designated for UW-Eau Claire geology students. UW-Eau Claire students selected for two summer internships with Unimin will earn $4,500 per month, or $13,500 for the summer. One student will be hired as a geology...

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This UW-La Crosse center means business

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Collaboration, Entrepreneurship, Featured, Responsiveness, Return on Investment, Stronger Businesses, Stronger Communities, Stronger Workforce, Technology, UW-La Crosse | 0 comments

This UW-La Crosse center means business

A new initiative among UW-La Crosse’s College of Business Administration, the UW System and the state is a one-stop shop to bolster Wisconsin’s economy. The effort addresses the economic difficulties regional businesses face by providing additional resources to more effectively meet their needs and create growth and jobs. The efforts will be spearheaded in the new Center for Entrepreneurship, Sustainability and International Trade, located in 120 Wimberly Hall. “The center will collaborate with the UW-L Small Business Development...

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