While it hurts a little, this is a positive omen.
Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) — More programs at the University of Wisconsin-Superior are on the chopping block.
Officials say it’s all in an effort to shave $2 million out of the budget 2016
New students at the University won’t be able to enroll in a number of programs after December 22, 2014.
“One specialist program in our graduate program and several concentrations that fall under there; as well as a concentration under our math program,” said Lynne Williams, Director of Marketing and Communications. “We still have a math major, but one of the concentrations is being cut and then three additional minors French minor, German education minor, and French education minor.”
I’m sure some kids wanted a minor in French or German, but in the grand scheme of things, is this that big a deal? It is almost the definition og “nice to have.” The good news is that it seems to be a direction coming from the top:
System President Ray Cross has outlined new standards for the 13 UW campuses, which he shared during an October address to the Superior-Douglas County Area Chamber of Commerce.
“He said ‘From this day forward, our priority will be to develop the talent and ideas that bring prosperity to Wisconsin,’ ” Wachter said. As part of his plan, “UW Superior won’t be able to automatically receive funding from the system,” she explained. “We’ll have to compete against everyone else, and the basis for how we compete is by tying what we do to economic development and talent development in the region. It’s a very explicit part of this budget plan and a very explicit part of what we do on campus in terms of how we talk about program development, how we talk about student outcomes.”
Providing students the skills that regional employers need is among the points addressed in the Superior Visions 2020 Strategic Plan, which cites the need to provide a quality student experience, develop partnerships, achieve excellence and manage resources. That means the establishment of more internships and boards to provide advice about academic programs.
“We believe that when we partner with our communities, it’s a win-win situation for both,” Wachter said. “The university’s assets can help make the community a better place. It can make it more vibrant – make it thrive.”