Bascom Hall on the UW Madison campus in fall

UW system president asks for special session to address financial issues, academic calendar due to COVID-19

BY: - June 3, 2020

UW System President Ray Cross sent state leaders a letter asking them to convene a special session of the Legislature to address challenges the System is facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  As campuses moved to online education in the spring semester, schools were hit with added financial burdens. Now System leaders are working to […]

Evers puts his mark on the UW System Board of Regents

BY: - June 1, 2020

During a May meeting of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, two of the three regents appointed by former Gov. Scott Walker whose terms had expired May 1 participated in the meeting and voted, leading to criticism of Gov. Tony Evers for not having named their replacements.  Today Evers made three appointments he […]

Teen marcher at Milwaukee Federal Building calling for DACA protections, alongside Voces de la Frontera. (Photo by: Isiah Holmes)

‘We’re riding it through’: pandemic adds more burden for DACA recipients and families

BY: - May 28, 2020

Like many college students, Daniel Gutierrez Ayala has had to make some difficult adjustments because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The political science and Spanish major at Cardinal Stritch University had to take two incomplete grades as his classes moved online. His 16-year-old sister is also at home adjusting to online high school. His parents have […]

Bascom Hall on the UW Madison campus in fall

UW faculty worry about ‘power grab’ by Cross at budget listening sessions

BY: - May 26, 2020

On May 7, news broke of University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross’ plan to address the financial challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic collapse.  Cross’ “Blueprint for the University of Wisconsin System Beyond COVID-19” faced an immediate backlash from faculty, staff, students and politicians who say that they have been burned […]

UW-Madison's Bascom Hall

The decline of standardized tests

BY: - May 22, 2020

There were no state standardized tests in Wisconsin’s primary and secondary schools this spring. No state school report cards will be issued next year. Both the ACT and SAT suspended their May college entrance exams. The June SAT has been cancelled as well, and the ACT, while not cancelled yet, is in doubt. While Wisconsin […]

Student debt task force meets for first time amid pandemic

BY: - May 14, 2020

Nearly four months after an executive order signed by Gov. Tony Evers created the Governor’s Task Force on Student Debt, the group met — virtually — for the first time on Wednesday.  Made up of cabinet secretaries and government officials, educational policy experts and financial advisors, the task force was convened to recommend “how the […]

Teen protesters call for DACA protections from the Trump Administration. (Photo by: Isiah Holmes)

Universities get aid they can’t share with DACA students

BY: - May 12, 2020

WASHINGTON — Colleges and universities across the country are getting emergency federal aid for COVID-19, but some of the most vulnerable students won’t be eligible for assistance. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said the emergency grants — part of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief act that Congress approved last month — can’t go to undocumented […]

Bascom Hall on the UW Madison campus in fall

UW System facing nearly $100 million in losses before next school year

BY: - May 7, 2020

The same day University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross said campuses should prepare for cuts and layoffs, the UW Board of Regents held a virtual meeting with campus chancellors to take stock of the economic toll the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on the state’s public university system.  Cross told reporters Thursday morning that campuses […]

Jill Underly, candidate for State Superintendent of Public Instruction (photo courtesy of Underly)

Rural educator Jill Underly is running for state superintendent

BY: - May 7, 2020

Pecatonica school superintendent Jill Underly announced on Thursday that she will run for State Superintendent of Public Instruction next spring, to succeed Carolyn Stanford Taylor who announced in January that she will not seek another term. Stanford Taylor was appointed by Gov. Tony Evers, who held the job himself for nine years before he was […]

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Private colleges on life support

BY: - May 5, 2020

Holy Family College in Manitowoc will shut its door for good at the end of August. It will not be the last Wisconsin college to close since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, only the first. Other Wisconsin colleges are in critical condition. Some will make it out of intensive care alive. Others will not. What is […]

Coronavirus didn’t start the student debt crisis, it’s just making it worse

BY: - May 5, 2020

The student debt crisis isn’t new. The Institute for College Access and Success (TICAS) found that 64% of Wisconsin’s 2018 graduates had student debt, averaging $31,705 of debt per person.  Compared to the rest of the country, Wisconsin has the seventh most graduates with debt and the 13th highest average amount of debt. The crisis […]

Decision Day for high school seniors comes with added stress

BY: - May 1, 2020

Rowan Cody has a decision to make. It’s a decision high school seniors have made before her and others are making alongside her — where to attend college.  But this year, Cody and the rest of the class of 2020 are making this decision while the economy is in shambles, the coronavirus pandemic continues to […]