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VideoEconomic Development

UW-Extension: Ideadvance Seed Fund

In this video, Scott Vanderbeck discusses how Ideadvance Seed Fund helped his company, Organic Research Corporation, pivot and succeed in the medical marketplace. Dave Linz and Idella Yamben, two UW-Extension employees intimately involved with Ideadvance, explain the program’s role in growing new companies like Vanderbeck’s.

News StoryEducational Access and Innovation

Paving the Path: How UW-Waukesha and Professor Ellyn Lem are helping low income women find the path to higher education

It’s difficult to blame someone for being dubious when they see the words, “Free College Credit” plastered on handouts in local shelters. That incredulous reaction is what Dr. Ellyn Lem supposes runs through people’s minds when they see her promotional material for UW-Waukesha’s “Paving the Path” program, a college-level course running four Saturdays in the summer. The goal is to provide low-income adults with an introduction to higher education.

From the Chancellor

A Year of Higher Education Aha Moments

It has been a year since I arrived at the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, D.C., a 22-year veteran of the University of California and most recently the dean of UCLA Extension, charged with tackling the task of helping define and craft a

From the ChancellorEducational Access and Innovation

“Designed by . . .” a Creative and Innovative Workforce

We’re well into the fall season at this point—definitely my favorite season. As a life-long academic, the fall represents a beginning to me, not an ending. Think of when you were in kindergarten or first grade, hungrily eyeing that brand new box of crayon

From the Chancellor

A MOOC by Any Other Name? An Online Course

It’s an interview that quickly became the talk of the higher education and technology worlds. Read Cathy Sandeen’s take on Sebastian Thrun’s profile in Fast Company.