Women's Leadership Conference: Creating Your Life's Vision

Register now for the Women's Leadership Conference: Creating Your Life’s Vision on Thursday, Feb. 4. The event, sponsored by the School of Professional and Continuing Education, will be hosted on Madison College's West Campus.

The all-day event will include workshops in personal branding and leadership, critical thinking and effective problem-solving.

The day includes a keynote speech from Sandy Morales, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County, and a leadership study focused on Sacajawea and the Lewis and Clark expedition.

The cost of the event is $149, which includes lunch. Registration can be sent by mail to the School of Professional and Continuing Education, completed online (class: #64756) or by calling (608) 258-2301 Ext. 2.

For more information, see the conference brochure.

Published January 15, 2016.

Come celebrate Kathleen Paris' retirement

Kathleen Paris, the interim director of IBPS (Interest-Based Problem Solving), is retiring at the end of January after many years of service at Madison College. Kathleen has served in other numerous leadership positions throughout her time here, including Interim Associate Dean in Arts and Sciences, Interim Associate Dean in Agriscience and Technology, and Interim Dean of the Downtown Campus. She has also been a consultant to the college since the 1980s. 

Come and celebrate her time here Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Truax room B3253.

Following the on-campus celebration, the party will continue at the Lazy Oaf, located at 1617 N. Stoughton Rd., from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

In lieu of gifts, Kathleen would like to honor her mother, Elaine S. Paris, and her love for english literature. If you’d like to make a donation to the College Foundation to help support students in Arts and Sciences, contact the Foundations Office at (608) 246-6441. Donations may also be dropped off at the IBPS Office (B3212).

Questions? Contact Jennifer Sauer at (608) 243-4708.

Published January 15, 2016.

Madison College, UW-Madison launch Global Studies Passport Partnership

Starting this spring, the Global Studies Passport Program is offering Madison College students the opportunity to enroll in select international and area studies courses at UW–Madison. These courses are aimed at helping students appreciate how Wisconsin and the United States intersect with the world.

“This program represents a new level of collaboration between our institutions to provide students with the global knowledge and skills needed today,” says Geoff Bradshaw, Madison College’s international education director.

The two institutions developed the Global Studies Passport program through a collaboration involving Madison College’s Center for International Education, and School of Arts and Sciences and the UW–Madison International Division and the area studies centers within the Division’s Institute for Regional and International Studies (IRIS).

Registrars from both institutions, as well as and UW-Madison’s Adult Career and Special Student Services, also worked together to help make the initiative possible.

Support for this partnership is provided in part through the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program, which provides funding for the area studies centers at UW–Madison. The federal priorities for Title VI programs include improving collaborations with community colleges to bring the advantages of regional and global study to more students at the post-secondary level.

“This kind of initiative speaks to our commitment to the Wisconsin Idea and our mission to promote global awareness and prepare students for a diverse and interconnected world,” says Guido Podestá, vice provost and dean of the International Division. “We hope that this experience will inspire more Madison College students to continue pursuing their international interests.”

Questions? Contact the Center for International Education at (608) 258-2496.

Published January 15, 2016.

Watertown campus awards scholarships to local students

On Friday, Jan. 8, Watertown campus held its 32nd annual scholarship awards reception. Eighteen local students were awarded $16,000 dollars donated by area businesses and community groups.

Jennifer Bakke, dean of the East Region, hosted the event with guest speaker Dr. Keith Cornille, Senior Vice President of Student Development and Success.

Recipients enjoyed the luncheon event with family members, faculty and staff with sixty-seven in attendance at the Windwood Country Club in Watertown along with staff members of the Madison College Foundation.

The event was also featured in the Watertown Daily Times.

Published January 15, 2016.

Workload feedback requested for Academic Council

The workload issue was assigned to the Academic Council from the College Assembly as a priority issue. The Faculty Responsibilities and Workload Framework is the culmination to date of 18 months of work by the Contract Alternative Committee (CAC), sub-teams and the Academic Council—work that has been done by full- and part-time faculty, administrators and PSRP.  It has been exciting and tough work, as this is one of the first major systems being reimagined in light of a shared governance culture based on the driving interests of flexibility, inclusion, quality, transparency, honoring the unique talents of all faculty and a belief in driving decisions to the appropriate level. 

As the Academic Council leads an extensive loop-out process they invite you to share your thoughtful feedback about what you likewhat causes you concern and what is missing. This feedback will be considered as the model is strengthened in the coming months, and the myriad of implementation questions and related ideas are captured as the Academic Council works to make the spirit of this framework a reality.

View the online presentation from the Academic Council and provide feedback via email or Survey Monkey.

You can also get more detailed information regarding the plan by visiting the Academic Council website.

Feedback will be collected through Friday, Jan. 22.

Published January 15, 2016.

Faculty, staff asked to encourage student participation in online surveys

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19, Madison College will conduct two anonymous and voluntary online surveys for all degree credit students. Faculty and staff are asked to remind students of the importance of sharing their voice to affect positive changes for their benefit, and to encourage their participation. 

From Jan. 19-28, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the accrediting agency that comprehensively evaluates Madison College, will survey all degree-seeking students about their experiences while studying here. Student feedback is important, as a summary of their responses will be provided to the team of representatives from the HLC who will visit the college this March. HLC requests that institutions not offer any incentives to students for completion of this survey.

On Monday, Feb. 22, Madison College will release the bi-annual Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI).  Results inform key college initiatives and improvement efforts for  the advantage of our students. Past surveys have led to improvements in textbook rentals, online student services, flexible scheduling and more. In addition to influencing changes that enhance how we serve our students, those who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing to win prizes, including a $500 scholarship and a Microsoft Surface Pro 3!

If you have any questions regarding these student surveys, please contact Institutional Research and Effectiveness.

Published January 13, 2016.

Ten tips to prepare Blackboard for the Spring 2016 semester

The Blackboard Mentors have developed a top ten checklist to help faculty with the accessibility, customization and organization of your Blackboard site.

Look through the Blackboard Mentors' recommendations to learn more about browser compatibility, copying course content, managing content and more. Whether experienced or a Blackboard beginner, the list is a valuable way to guarantee your website is meeting everyone's needs and expectations.

Need assistance? CETL provides Blackboard workshops throughout the year. To register for a workshop, go to the CETL Registration Page. For individual help, contact CETL at (608) 246-6646.

Published January 13, 2016.

Start of term: grade entry and recording of nonattendance

Faculty play an integral role in the accurate and timely reporting of ‘Never Attended’ or ‘Stopped Attending’ grades. At Madison College, this is accomplished by issuing a grade of ‘N’ for students who never attended your class and ‘F1’ for students who attended at least one class but stopped attending.

To help reduce the number of students who receive aid they are ineligible to receive, it is important to report non-attendance in a timely and accurate manner. Students who receive financial aid and/or veterans benefits but never attend or stop attending may be required to return, or pay back, all or part of the aid they received.

Other reporting agencies also require accurate enrollment records; timely entry of grades allows these agencies to provide our students up-to-date self-service records for housing, insurance and other critical areas.

When to report:

Faculty are asked to post ‘N’ grades during the second week of class. Many students complete schedule changes during the first week of class; therefore, entering grades the second week allows students the ability to easily make these changes.

Faculty are asked to post ‘F1’ grades after the second week of class. This grade should be entered when a student has stopped attending and would be unable to successfully return and complete the class.

How to report:

The Faculty Center Overview has complete how-to instructions. The overview is published on Blackboard > Learner Success > Resources and Forms>Faculty Center Overview.

Frequently asked questions regarding the topic of nonattendance and grade reporting have been compiled and are available for your reference on the forms database.

If you require further assistance, contact the following resources:

  • Faculty Center: CETL, Truax Room B2208, at (608) 246-6646
  • Financial Aid: Kate Sopha, Financial Aid Advisor, at (608) 246-6194
  • Records/Registration: Lori Sebranek, Registrar/Dean of Enrollment, at (608) 243-4185

Published January 13, 2016.

"Quilt Making: A Modern Practice" exhibit

With almost fifty quilts on display, “Quilt Making: A Modern Practice” highlights the contemporary aesthetic of quilt making by artists from our community as well as Illinois, Oregon and Missouri.

Quilts can be functional or beautiful works of art that are meant to hang on the wall. Quilts can be political, document pop culture or be a bit controversial. All of this is represented in our current show.

Visit the Gallery at Truax's website for open hours.

Meet many of the artists at our evening reception, which is free and open to the public.

Date: Thursday, Jan. 28, from 4-7 p.m.

Gallery @ Truax | Madison College
1701 Wright St. A1005
Madison, WI 53704

Questions? Contact Wendy Franczak at (608) 246-6369.

Published January 11, 2016.

How to enroll in the Employee Scholars Program

Did you know that Madison College employees can take up to two credit-classes per semester at a very low cost? Full-time and part-time faculty and staff are eligible to participate in the Employee Scholar Program. Take advantage of this great benefit and be a student!

1. Find a credit-class you are interested in taking.

Make sure you are eligible to take the class by checking the prerequisites and other requirements. If the class is full, choose another class. Do NOT put yourself on the waitlist if you wish to be part of the Employee Scholar Program.

2. Starting the Friday before the first day of class, register for the class.

For most Spring classes, this will be Friday, Jan. 15. You’ll need an active student account so make sure you have this set up. You must complete the registration process yourself. Print out verification of your registration. If you register before the Friday before the first day of class, you are not part of the Employee Scholar Program and must pay the full tuition.

3. Complete the Intent Form found on the Employee Scholars webpage.

Attach verification of your registration and send to the Enrollment Center. In about three weeks the Program Fee will be removed from your student account billing. You are responsible for all other student fees.

Questions? Contact Teresa Werhane at (608) 243-4236.

Published January 11, 2016. Updated August 22, 2016.