Timely reporting essential for student records

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 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, please utilize the resources available to you:

  • Faculty Center: CETL, Truax Room B2208 or call 608-246-6646
  • Financial Aid: Liz Hirsch, Senior Financial Aid Coordinator at 608-246-6456  
  • Records/Registration: Lori Sebranek, Registrar/Dean of Enrollment at 608-243-4185

Published August 23, 2017.

Student Life seeks fall greeters

The first couple days of a new class year can be a struggle for new and returning students. With your help and knowledge, we can assist these incoming students to gain traction and start off a good semester.

Student Development is scheduling volunteers for Monday, Aug. 28, and Tuesday, Aug. 29, at the Truax Campus. All volunteers will be provided with a neon green t-shirt that identifies them as a person on campus who can answer questions.

If you are available and willing to assist, please sign up on the Google Docs spreadsheet (note: link will not open in Internet Explorer).

 Questions? Contact Brenda Farrell or call ext. 4164.


Published August 23, 2017. Updated August 30, 2017.

Learn about Social Entrepreneurship at free workshop

Do you have an interest in opening a for-profit or nonprofit organization aimed at addressing a social, cultural and/or environmental issues? 

As part of the Business Planning series, the Center for Entrepreneurship is hosting a highly interactive workshop that will introduce you to the expanding and evolving field of social entrepreneurship.

The topics that will be highlighted:

  • Explore the meaning of social entrepreneurship
  • Examine businesses that are doing well and making a difference at the same time
  • Brainstorm potential social enterprise ideas of your own.

This workshop will be held Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 6-8 p.m. at the Madison College Truax Campus, room D1630C.

Registration is required as space is limited.

The Business Planning Series is free to Madison College students and to the general public unless otherwise noted. Entrepreneurs from communities surrounding Madison are encouraged to attend. 

Published August 21, 2017.

Extended student service hours available

Most Student Development and Success service departments will offer extended service hours. Please make note of the follow changes.

  • Saturday, Aug. 26 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Monday, Aug. 28 through Thursday, Aug. 31 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Regular service hours will resume on Friday, Sept. 1.

Published August 21, 2017. Updated August 22, 2017.

Students now have assigned advisors at Madison College

One of the most common questions from students seeking advising services is “Who is my advisor?” While some students have a great relationship with their faculty, academic or retention advisors, many find out the name of their advisor by calling or stopping by the Student Development and Retention Services.

Beginning fall 2017, all program students will have their own personalized resource team listed in their Student Center. The assigned advisor process has been developed as a tool to provide students the right support at the right time.

This team can consist of:

1. Academic advisor (for students admitted in a program)

2. Faculty advisor (if faculty advising is available for that program)

3. Specialist (retention advisor for students on academic probation)

4. Mentor (Scholars of Promise, Trio and student athletes)

The best part is the display of these names will change automatically based on the student’s program, needs and membership. Students who aren’t in a program will receive the contact information for the Student Development and Retention Center or their regional campus information depending on where they are taking most of their classes.

Questions? Contact Tina Stockton.

Published August 18, 2017.

Employers to visit Truax


The Career and Employment Center is pleased to announce the upcoming visits from the following employers:




Please stop by the table in the Truax Café Atrium from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. on Sept. 18, to learn about exciting career opportunities. Derek and Emily will be available to tell you more and answer your questions.


Please stop by the table in the Truax Cafe Atrium from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sept.19, to learn about exciting career opportunities. Bill and Grace will be available to tell you more and answer your questions.


Please stop by the table in the Truax Cafe Atrium from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Sept. 20, to learn about exciting career opportunities. Jason and Terry will be available to tell you more and answer your questions.


Please stop by the table in the Truax Cafe Atrium from 10 am. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, to learn about exciting career opportunities. Omar will be available to tell you more and answer your questions.


  • Community Living Alliance

Please stop by the table in the Truax Cafe Atrium from 10 a.m - 2 p.m. on Sept. 25, to learn about exciting career opportunities. Emily and Ted will be available to tell you more and answer your questions.


Please stop by the table in the Truax Cafe Atrium from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 26, to learn about exciting career opportunities. Teagan will be available to tell you more and answer your questions.


For a list of events and more info, visit Career and Employment Services at Truax Campus Room D1624 or call 608-243-4598.


Published August 15, 2017. Updated September 13, 2017.

School supply drive to benefit Madison College students

During Fall 2017 Convocation, the Madison College Community Service Team is holding a school supply drive to help approximately 300 incoming students who struggle to afford school supplies.

The intention is to provide basic supplies to help students enjoy a successful start to the academic year.

Based on a recent survey, the top items students need are:

  • Backpack
  • Flash drive
  • Three-ring binder
  • Folders
  • Notebooks
  • Pens
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters

Please bring donations in a bag or backpack and drop them off at any of these three locations:

  • Mitby Theater entrance on Tuesday, Aug. 22
  • Wellness table near the Atrium during Convocation
  • Student Life, Room B1260

Any supplies left over will be saved for future students in need. The TRiO office will handle distribution.

Questions? Contact Lisa Lanting.

Published August 14, 2017. Updated August 23, 2017.

Download Yapp to stay informed with Convocation


This year, The convocation schedule and information is being hosted on an interactive app called "Yapp."

You can download Yapp on your mobile device to stay up-to-date on meetings, events and even Community Days. You can also upload pictures to share with others during Convocation as well as other interactive features.


Download at Google Play Store or Apple iTunes





Published August 14, 2017. Updated August 16, 2017.

FQAS classes offered through CETL

 Faculty Quality Assurance System contains a common set of competencies, performance standards and guidelines for all WTCS colleges. The system provides each college with the opportunity to define its own expectations of professional development to align with the college’s goals and mission.

Initial Requirements applies to:

• Faculty new to Madison College
• Faculty who had not completed provisional certification (i.e. Magic 7) prior to August 2015

For faculty who are looking to complete the FQAS Initial Requirements, courses are now available for registration via CETL Thrive.








Teaching Methods and Technology

Thursday, Aug. 17

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.




Friday, Aug. 18

8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 21

8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 02  -

Monday, Nov. 06




Data and Evidence Analysis

Wednesday, Aug. 23

1:00 - 3:30 p.m.


Thursday, Aug. 24

8:30 – 11 a.m.

Friday, Sept. 22

12:30 – 3 p.m.


Tuesday, Oct. 03 - 24



Friday, Nov. 03

9 – 11:30 a.m.


Tuesday, Nov. 07 - 28



Embracing Diversity

Friday, Sept. 09

Friday, Oct. 06

Friday, Nov. 03

Friday, Dec. 01

2 - 4 p.m.

First Friday of the month


Monday, Oct. 09 -

Friday, Nov. 11




Check the FQAS-FAQs page If you need more information.

Published August 14, 2017. Updated August 16, 2017.

Mentors sought for Danish students

The Center for International Education and the School of Professional and Continuing Education at Madison College seek mentors for a one-week program with students from the International Business College in Denmark. The Danish students will be coming to Madison as part of a study abroad program.

To expose them to life in the United States, mentors are needed to interact with the Danish students and help expose them to the culture found in Madison. This is makes a big difference in helping the Danish students learn about daily life for Americans.

Mentor families agree to participate in a welcome reception, host two or three students for one Friday night dinner and join in closing dinner and celebrations.  All mentoring activities will occur from Sunday, Oct. 1, through Saturday, Oct. 7. Interested individuals should contact the Center for International Education or download a request form for further information.

Schedule for the week will be as follows:

  • Welcome reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1, at the Pyle Center
  • Mentor hosts a dinner for Danish students on Friday, Oct. 6
  • Join students for a closing dinner and reception on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 5 p.m. at the Truax Campus

Published August 11, 2017. Updated August 16, 2017.