These two institutions of the University of Wisconsin System are led by one chancellor and integrated at the administrative level in order to provide cost-effective educational opportunities to Wisconsin’s 5.7 million residents. UW Colleges, which serves almost 14,000 traditional and nontraditional students, is comprised of 13 freshman/sophomore campuses around the state and UW Colleges Online. UW-Extension partners with 72 counties, three tribal nations, and statewide and local public and private organizations to bring lifelong learning to Wisconsin’s children, youth and adults.
As leader and chief administrator of UW Colleges and UW-Extension, Brower is responsible for the academic, financial, development and administrative aspects of both institutions. He reports to the UW System president and Board of Regents.
Brower began his previous appointment – as interim provost and vice chancellor of UW-Extension – on Aug. 27, 2012. He was responsible for leadership for academic and program planning; administrative support for business and finance; and developing and supporting collaborative programs among UW-Extension divisions, other University of Wisconsin System institutions, and key partners of UW-Extension. While serving as interim provost for UW-Extension, Brower also acted as special assistant to the UW System president for New Educational Strategies. In that capacity, he provided key leadership for the UW Flexible Option with UW System and with the other institutions in the system.
Prior to joining UW-Extension, he was the vice provost for teaching and learning and a professor in the School of Social Work, Integrated Liberal Studies, and Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
His expertise is in educational innovations, student learning and outcome assessment – engaging the whole university on issues important to students and the people of Wisconsin. He has created and led many teaching and learning programs focused on integrative learning and evidence-based curricular reform, with an emphasis on high-impact learning practices.
Brower’s scholarship and teaching focus on the transition from high school to college, and issues related to college student life. His focus on integrative learning demonstrates that academic and social outcomes are produced when college environments blend in- and out-of-class learning and experiences to create communities of students, faculty and staff who share common learning goals (i.e., learning communities).
Brower earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in social work, a master’s degree in psychology, and his doctorate in social work and psychology from the University of Michigan.
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