Monthly Archives: February 2013

Sequestration Looms

As reported last semester, UW-Madison will be affected by the drastic effects of sequestration, which appears imminent. The Budget Control Act of 2011 solved the debt-ceiling crisis in August 2011, and a temporary agreement was reached in January, but the…

PROFS State Budget Forum

PROFS will host a public forum to discuss the 2013-15 state budget at noon on Tuesday, March 12 in the Wisconsin Idea Room in the Education Building. The forum is free and open to the public. The forum features three…

2013-15 Biennial Budget

Governor Scott Walker delivered his budget address last night with few surprises. Most of the budget details had been released to the press over the past ten days. A transcript of the budget speech is here, and video is here. The…

2013-15 Biennial Budget Address

Governor Scott Walker is scheduled to deliver his biennial budget address at 7 pm tonight, Wednesday, February 20, in the State Capitol Assembly Chambers. The address will be streamed live on WisconsinEye. Audio will be available on Wisconsin Public Radio…

In Memoriam: Don Nichols

Former University Committee and PROFS chair Don Nichols passed away last Friday, February 15. Nichols, an emeritus professor of economics,  joined the faculty in 1966 and served the university on and off for 40 years. He was appointed director of…

Spring Primary Tuesday

The Wisconsin spring primary election will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, February 19. A primary election for the Wisconsin Supreme Court is the only statewide race on the ballot. Incumbent Justice Pat Roggensack faces challengers Ed Fallone of Whitefish Bay and…

Special Task Force on UW Restructuring Update

The Senate Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges will meet tomorrow in an informational hearing to discuss the report on the Special Task Force on UW Restructuring and Operational Flexibilities. The task force, which was chaired by Regent Michael Falbo,…

A Few Details About State Budget Emerge

Governor Scott Walker announced yesterday that he plans to invest almost $100 million in workforce development. Some items that affect the University of Wisconsin System: $20 million for programs relating to economic and workforce development, including efforts to improve affordability.…

Journal Sentinel on UW System’s Flex Option

Today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel features a front page article about the University of Wisconsin System’s new Flexible Option. The article examines the role of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Cources) in the flex degree and notes that students may use MOOCs…

Molly Corbett Broad to Speak on Campus Friday

Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education (ACE), will be on campus Friday, February 8 to participate in a WISCAPE brown bag talk, “Higher Education at the Crossroads: Multiple Challenges, Innovation, and Learning.” The talk will be…