New Semester Edition
UW-L’s new chancellor, Joe Gow, will start his position here on February 1, 2007. Liz Hitch will resume her role as provost at that time. Ron Rada will serve as provost until the end of January and may continue with some projects to facilitate the transition.
As noted in the December 18, 2006 email from the chancellor, there will be an all-campus open forum regarding Growth and Access on Friday, February 2, 2007, in 260 Graff Main Hall (Auditorium) from 2:30-4:30 p.m. The teams who have been working on the plan will present their current ideas and there will be time for questions and answers.
One important national issue that many of you may be interested in following or learning more about is the recent release of the “Spellings Report.” Education Secretary Margaret Spellings released the report this fall and a full accounting can be found at Inside Higher Ed. Generally speaking, the report contains a rather negative view on higher education. There are five major thrusts to the report in terms of short term changes.
On the last point Spelling writes, “Currently, institutions are asked ‘Are you measuring student learning?’ and they check yes or no. That must change. Whether students are learning is not a yes or no question — it’s how? How much? And to what effect?” UW System has not released a response to the report, but we should all expect a lively discussion about its implications over the coming months.