Matters receives new Focus on Focus tab

Matters has a new tab at the top of the page called Focus on Focus (FoF). This tab links to the FoF page on the SharePoint site. 

Focus on Focus is a college-wide project that focuses on faculty engaging students with evidence-based practices that improve student course success. During the past several months, a team of faculty, staff and administrators co-chaired by Provost Turina Bakken and Vice President of Institutional Learning and Effectiveness Tim Casper met to identify practices to use at Madison College. Communication about the practices and support for faculty associated with FoF, which will start the Fall 2017 Convocation. The initiative formally begins in the spring 2018 semester.

If you have question about the FoF project, please contact Tim Casper, vice president of Institutional Learning and Effectiveness. 

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

Limited student service hours during Convocation

All services and offices will be closed on Tuesday, August 22 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. for college-wide staff in-service. Most Student Development and Success service units will reopen at 1 p.m. 

Published August 9, 2017. Updated August 10, 2017.

Faculty and staff computers to receive upgrades

Over the course of the summer, Technology Services began installing Windows 10 to desktops in student classrooms across all Madison College campuses. As of Aug 4, the team surpassed completion of 59 percent of the student computers, and many of these systems are now in use for summer courses. Tech Services will also be upgrading the student virtual environments (VDI) 

During the fall 2017 term, the upgrade will be expanded to staff and faculty computers, when Tech Services will roll out the Windows 10 operating system and MS Office 2016. Future communications will coordinate faculty and staff deployments to provide the best possible computing experience.

Deploying Windows 10 will provide Madison College students, faculty and staff a high-performance, state-of-the-art Windows operating system.

Published August 9, 2017.

Service units revert to regular business hours

Most Student Development and Success service units have returned to their regular business hours. 

Please check the Student Development and Success webpage to verify hours by individual unit. 

Published August 7, 2017.

Virtual desktops to undergo maintenance

Technology Services will complete upgrades to the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure environment on Saturday, August 19, starting at 5 p.m. and ending at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. Virtual desktops will be inaccessible during this maintenance.

If you have a persistent Employee Virtual Desktop, please be sure you have no unsaved work open as it may be lost. Please log off all virtual desktops before leaving on Friday.

Instructors who believe this will negatively affect them or their students are asked to contact the Help Desk, ext. 6666, as soon as possible. 

Please note that access to other services will be available.


Published August 7, 2017.

Registration instruction pages to receive make-over

Since the website launched a year ago, web authors have been continually upgrading pages to help students navigate the web and find the information they need. A common concern of students has been knowing what courses to register for and how to complete the registration process. To address that need, a number of web pages have been changed and created. These changes will go live at noon on Friday, August 11.

The Register for Classes page was modified to give students a high-level view of the registration process based on their current status with the college. These pages are printable for those who prefer a hard-copy version of the process.  A “Registration Help” option provides links to YouTube videos and revised step-by-step registration guides. These resources show and tell students how to navigate specific registration tasks.

The MyMadisonCollege page, which assists students in managing their account, has been revised for enhanced readability. Buttons linking to the new Degree Progress Report page and to the revised Registration Guides page were also added.

The Degree Progress Report page is new and provides a basic definition of this important registration tool. Again, buttons link to videos and step by step registration guides that show students how to find and use their report to choose classes that complete their program.

The Registration Guides page combines the three current guide pages (Before Registration Guide, Registration Guide and After Registration Guide) into a single location for all written guides. Additionally, they have been re-written to describe processes on the mobile version of myMadisonCollege. But don’t worry; Classic Portal guides have not been removed. They have been collected into a single Registration Guides Classic Portal page.

Take a look at the new pages after they go live on Friday, August 11. If you have questions or comments, please contact the Web Strategy Group.

Published August 7, 2017.

Power outage scheduled for Truax Campus

A planned power outage will affect the Truax Campus Tuesday, Aug. 8, for Madison Gas and Electric to replace failed electrical components. Repairs are tentatively scheduled to begin at 1:30 a.m. and should be complete by 5 a.m.

Attached are maps showing areas that will lose power during this outage:

First floor
Second floor
Third floor

Published August 4, 2017.

Truax Bookstore offers special order clothing

The newly remodeled Truax Campus Bookstore is now offering special order options for clothing. If you are interested in a certain style or size of attire for yourself or your entire department, the bookstore can help you with that. 

Deering explained that some previous orders for the automotive department had requests of cotton material with double chest pockets and the Madison College branding logo. (example pictured)

Contact Holly Deering or call 608-243-4553 to discuss your clothing ordering options. 

Published August 4, 2017.

Non-credit class schedule to be mailed

The college’s fall 2017 non-credit class schedule will be mailed to Madison area homes starting Monday, Aug. 7. The digital version is available here.


Published August 4, 2017.

Cognos reporting and analytics software gets upgrade

Technology Services will be upgrading Cognos Reporting and Analytics software to the latest release (Cognos Analytics - Version 11) Wed, August 2, beginning at 12 p.m.

Upgrading Cognos to the most current version provides an improved and more efficient Cognos analytics and self-service environment for the Madison College community. The software upgrade will assist in making data driven decisions using more innovative technologies and approaches to analytics. Anticipate the entire upgrade process and nightly cognos maintenance will be complete Thursday, August 3, at 9 a.m.  Cognos users will receive an email with an all-clear when the application is available. 

 Questions?  Please email the Data Management team.

Published August 2, 2017.