From the Chancellor

Chancellor Sandeen speaks and writes regularly on current issues facing higher education and non-traditional students, as well as the latest UW Colleges and UW-Extension initiatives, our strategic vision, and the progress and impact our programs have achieved throughout Wisconsin. Explore our archive of open letters, speeches, articles and messages from the Chancellor to learn more about our institutions and the work we do.

From the ChancellorEducational Access and Innovation

UW-Colleges Restructuring Will Broaden Access to Education and Keep Doors Open

In early October 2017, the University of Wisconsin system proposed a major restructuring project that would see the state’s two-year colleges merged into the state’s public four-year universities, effectively creating a system of campuses and satellite campuses across the state. Still in the proposal phase, the merger will need to gain Board approval before it’s enacted. In this interview, Cathy Sandeen discusses the reasons behind the proposed restructuring and shares her thoughts on how Wisconsin’s public two-year colleges will change—and where they must stay the same—post-merger.

From the Chancellor

Chancellor Statement Regarding DACA

Yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration will repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. On behalf of UW Colleges and UW-Extension, I join the Association on Public-Land Grant Universities and UW System in expressing our strong support for the individuals affected by this abrupt change.

From the ChancellorEducational Access and Innovation

Two Birds with One Stone: Staff Satisfaction and the Student Experience

Senior institutional leaders have a major role to play in supporting the delivery of a great staff experience, and a responsibility as well. After all, the quality of an institution’s staff experience directly impacts the student experience.

From the ChancellorEducational Access and Innovation

MOOCs Moving On, Moving Up

Cathy Sandeen looks back at her past predictions and claims about massive open online courses to see how they’ve held up.

From the ChancellorEducational Access and Innovation

If a female president is good for the Ivy League, why not for the rest of us?

Half of the eight-member Ivy League schools now have female presidents. Garrett joins an illustrious group: Christina Paxson (Brown University), Drew Faust (Harvard University) and Amy Gutmann (University of Pennsylvania). But what about colleges and uni