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Cookies will help increase enrollment

Beginning Oct. 1, visitors will see a cookie notice on the Madison College website. Adding cookies will allow the college to show ads to website visitors on other aspects of the internet.

Users who have not applied during a visit to the madisoncolleg.edu site will be guided back to the site by these ads. This will ensure that a potential student is one click away from helpful information about our programs.

College marketing staff will control the length of time users will receive these ads, so they do not result in a negative perception of Madison College. There are many benefits to this practice. Research has shown the strategy leads to a large “conversion rate.”

For further information contact Kristin Uttech, interim director Communication and Strategic Marketing.

 

 

 

Published September 17, 2019. Updated September 20, 2019.

Shared Governance seeks new representatives

Due to some recent staffing changes, Shared Governance is looking for:

1. A Part–time Faculty Representative for the College Assembly. We are looking for someone who wants to participate in recommending policies, strategies and priorities to our college president. A familiarity with Interest Based Problem Solving is recommended. The term of service will be Sept. 2019 – April 2020. We meet one afternoon a month, on the second Wednesday from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

2. A PSRP Representative and a Full Time Faculty Representative on the Student Affairs Council. We are looking for someone who wants to participate in the creation of student-focused recommendations to the College Assembly, who thumb the recommendations and then forward to the president for approval. A familiarity with Interest Based Problem Solving is recommended. The term of service will be Sept. 2019 – April 2020. The SAC meets the first and third Friday of the month in the mornings.

Please submit all applications to sharedgovernance@madisoncollege.edu.

In other news, Dr. Daniels has recently approved the new Sustainability Policy, created by the Facilities Planning & Investment Council. The council now turns its attention to creating the Energy Conservation Plan, one of the forthcoming plans under the broad Sustainability Policy umbrella. For more information, please go to the council SharePoint Site. Thank you!

Your Shared Governance Team

Published September 11, 2019.

Administration offers guidance on political expression

DATE:   September 6, 2019
TO:        All Employees
FROM:  Turina Bakken, Provost and Tim Casper, VP of Institutional Learning and Effectiveness
RE:         Appropriate Conduct at Work Regarding the Campaign and Election Activities

Greetings Colleagues,

Welcome to the start of the Fall Semester. We hope these first few days are going well for each of you.

As we reflect on the broad public discourse of the past months, and turn our attention to the near future, it may feel as if there is a constant public discussion about candidates for the next election – federal, state, or local office. Many of you know that the first official contests of the November 2020 presidential campaign begin in February 2020.  With this background, we share this message with each of you regarding campaign and election activities at Madison College.  

Here is our guidance:

 
What you do on your own time is largely your business. The college is only concerned with what you do in your capacity as employees and, then, especially during your instructional or work time.

Our Code of Ethics Policy (No. 406) addresses this issue as follows:

Individual college employees may engage in lawful political activities. However, such activity, like any other personal, non-official undertaking, must be done on the employee’s own time, must not interfere with college duties, and must not involve the use of District resources for partisan political activities.

This policy provision is designed to protect, in fact and in appearance, the college’s non-partisan independent tax-exempt status. The policy also reserves college resources for college business and protects against conflicts of interest that may infringe on the ability of college personnel to perform their official duties and responsibilities with our customary effectiveness and objectivity.

You have the right, as a citizen, to engage in political activity so long as such activity does not occur while you are performing your instructional- or work-related responsibilities. You may wear political buttons of reasonable size and number as an expression of your personal political views provided the message does not cause disruption of the educational program or otherwise interfere with your job duties.

Classrooms and classroom time should not be used as a platform for advocacy of a political candidate or point of view. Of course, election information and discussions of related campaign issues may be integrated, where appropriate, into relevant classroom curriculum. Instructional materials and discussions should provide a balanced review of many perspectives on an issue.

Faculty members have a special professional relationship with their students. It is a relationship grounded in trust and respect. It is important that we do no harm to this professional relationship. We should encourage our students to make their own informed choices and vote.

For your reference and review, here is a link to the current policy on Academic Freedom. Elections and political discourse are important to all the citizens of this state and nation. We hope this memo helps you make decisions about work and political activities.

College property, supplies, equipment and systems may not be used in connection with any type of political campaigning. This includes our phones, computers, photocopiers, fax machines and other school equipment.

If you have any questions as to what may be appropriate, please feel free to contact us.

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

 

 

Published September 6, 2019. Updated September 9, 2019.

Repeal of regulations streamlines support for students

On June 28, Department of Education Secretary, Betsy Devos, released an electronic announcement about the repeal of gainful employment regulations for higher education institutions starting July 1, 2020. The repeal creates an opportunity for institutions to do an “early implementation” of the regulations. Based on the flexibility provided and the administrative burden it places on institutions, Student Financial Support Services and college stakeholders along with support from the cabinet are moving forward with the process.

Early implementation means that the college, under Title IV regulations, will no longer be required to:

  1. Report GE data for the 2018-2019 award year to NSLDS, which is due Tuesday, Oct. 1.
  2. Comply with the current requirements in 34 CFR 668.412 (d) and (e) that require institutions to include the disclosure template, or a link thereto, in their GE program promotional materials and directly distribute the disclosure template to prospective students, which was required starting Monday, July 1.
  3. Post the GE Disclosure Template and may remove the template and any other GE disclosures that are required under 34 CFR 668.412 from their web pages.
  4. Comply with the certification requirements for GE programs under 34 CFR 668.414.


The College has started the process in removing disclosures from the appropriate areas and updating processes that involved the GE regulations and processes. Early implementation helps minimize confusion about program information and quickens how Madison College provides academic opportunities and financial support to students.

Contact Dr. Keyimani Alford, Director of Student Financial Support Services, with questions at 608.246.6320.

Published August 26, 2019. Updated August 28, 2019.

Prepare for College Community Days

College Community Days are almost upon us. We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday, Aug. 27, and Wednesday, Aug. 28. As you prepare to attend the event, there are some important updates.

Updated Session Descriptions and Schedule

An updated event schedule with more information about breakout sessions is now available on the College Community Days SharePoint site.

Streaming and remote access links available

If you are unable to join us in the Mitby Theater on Aug. 27, you will be able to watch the opening session and Dr. Turina Bakken’s address, 360 Degrees of Academic Excellence, from a remote location. Links for live streaming are now available on the College Community Days site.

The following breakout sessions will also be available remotely via WebEx (links now available on the College Community Days site):

  • The 60 Year Curriculum, 10:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
  • Classroom Live!  10:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

 
Food and Reconnections – Breakfast on Tuesday

Make sure to join your colleagues and reconnect while enjoying coffee and light breakfast items on Tuesday morning from 8:00 – 8:45 a.m.

Community Service Day

Thank you to those of you who have signed up to volunteer on Aug. 28.  If you haven’t already done so, please sign up following the link on the College Community Days site. There are still plenty of great opportunities to serve our community.

 

Published August 23, 2019. Updated August 30, 2019.

Provost announces advanced leadership positions

As part of the next wave of organizational change in the Provost’s area, two seasoned leaders have advanced roles.

Dr. Geoff Bradshaw has been promoted to Dean, International Education. Geoff began his career at Madison College in 1997 after finishing a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from UW-Madison. From his early days in Student Life and Arts and Sciences, Geoff has literally built international education from the ground up.  Today, Geoff and the work of the Center for International Education team are nationally and internationally known as a model for community college internationalization. Geoff has served in leadership roles in a number of regional and national associations in the field of international education.

Dr. Denise Reimer has been named Associate Vice President, Academic Operations & Administration. In this new role, Denise will oversee the design and successful implementation of innovative solutions, processes and systems across academic administrative functions including budget, workforce planning, capital and remodeling. She will continue to lead the strategic direction of the School of Applied Science, Engineering & Technology (ASET) as the Executive Dean. In addition, the STEM Center will now report to Denise. Denise joined the college in 1997 and brought with her several years of experience in manufacturing, aerospace engineering, and management. Over the last two decades, Denise has held senior leadership positions in several Schools, and has added strategic value to everything from facilities design to compensation and workload systems. She earned her Doctorate from Edgewood and was named Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education (WACTE) Outstanding Leader in 2017.

Please join me in congratulating these deserving leaders, both of whom model servant leadership, put the mission of Madison College first, and who do their work with grace and good humor.  We look forward to seeing what they will do next!

Dr. Turina Bakken, Provost

Published August 19, 2019. Updated August 23, 2019.

Change in hours for part-time employees

DATE:             August 19, 2019
TO:                  Administrators, Part-Time PSRP and Casual Staff
FROM:            Rose Buschhaus, Associate Vice President, Human Resources
SUBJECT:      Part-Time Hours 

Greetings,

This email is to notify you that effective Sunday, Sept. 1, all hourly part-time employees will be limited to 25 hours each week. This is a change from 29 hours each week. This does not apply to Student Help, Work Study employees or Part-Time Faculty.  

  • This applies to staff who work year-round, as well as staff who work for a portion of the calendar year.
  • This applies to all staff working in more than one (1) part-time position.

All impacted staff have been communicated with by their supervisor and human resources. We understand this may cause concerns for impacted staff as well as the support of all business operations. Please contact your Human Resources Business Partner for questions and support.

Sincerely,

Rose Buschhaus

Associate Vice President, Human Resources

Published August 19, 2019.

Truax rolls out new parking system

DATE:               August 16, 2019   
TO:                   Madison College Students
FROM:             Howard Spearman Ph.D., Vice President Student Affairs/CSSO
RE:                    Madison

Beginning Monday, August 26, 2019, a new system goes into effect that impacts student parking at all Madison College campuses in the City of Madison. Students will no longer need to obtain a permit from the Public Safety Office to park their vehicle on campus.

On the Madison College website, students will find a tab for registering their vehicle information at https://madisoncollege.edu/parking.

Instructions are listed on the web page. A new parking map is available for students to find designated parking areas. 

*Please check the map to find the designated general parking lots for students on the Truax Campus.  

Additional change at Truax Campus:

  • 250 new stalls have been added for the fall 2019 semester in the old tennis courts off of Wright and Straubel streets. This is lot K2 on the map.

    (Note: The City of Madison will begin construction on Straubel Street the first week of the fall semester. Parking lots K1, K2 and the overflow lot will still be accessible during construction.)

Parking enforcement changes for all campuses:

  • A dedicated parking enforcement officer will issue citations for improperly parked student vehicles.
  • Students must park in a marked stall and not along curbs or on the grass.
  • Unpaid citations are subject to registration suspension through the Traffic Violation and Registration Program (TVRP) from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Questions? Contact Public Safety at (608) 246-6932.

Sincerely,

Howard Spearman Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Affairs/CSSO

Published August 19, 2019.

Public Safety implements new parking procedure for Truax Campus

The beginning of the semester is time for new opportunities. Those new opportunities include improvements to the parking processes at Madison College.

On Monday, Aug. 26, a new system goes into effect that impacts students, visitors and employees. The changes allow for more parking spaces, a dedicated visitor lot and a streamlined permit process. 

A new parking map with the changes is available on the Madison College website

Truax parking lot updates

  • The student lots are now general parking available for students, visitor overflow and employee overflow.
  • 250 new stalls were added in the old tennis courts off of Wright and Straubel streets. (Note: The City of Madison will begin construction on Straubel Street the first week of the fall semester. Parking lots K1, K2 and the overflow lot will still be accessible during construction.)
  • The visitor lot near the Health & IT building is reserved for visitors only. Staff will no longer have access to this lot.
  • Administrative parking in East Court is now open to all employees. The East Court door will be locked, but all employees will have access to use the door with a OneCard.
  • Spaces are reserved near the Health & IT building for employees who do clinicals.


Parking permit information for all employees

  • Students no longer need a parking permit. Students at all campuses must register their vehicle through the new online permit registration website
  • No new administrative employee permits will be issued. New administrative employees will receive a general employee permit. Current administrators will keep their current permits that will now function as general employee permits.
  • All other employees will keep the same parking permit. No changes to current permits are needed.


Parking enforcement changes for all campuses

  • A dedicated parking enforcement officer will issue citations for improperly parked student and employee vehicles.
  • Students and employees must park in a marked stall and not along curbs or on the grass.
  • Unpaid citations are subject to registration suspension through the Traffic Violation and Registration Program from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.


Questions?
 Contact Public Safety at 608.246.6031.

 

Published August 14, 2019. Updated August 16, 2019.

College Community Days website is live

College Community Days will be Aug., 27-28.

The SharePoint site for this event is now available here. The site provides all the information employees need to know about College Community Days. This includes:

  • Schedule
  • Link to sign up for volunteer opportunities
  • Latest news and updates about the event
  • List of departmental and school meetings
  • Links for live streaming (when available)


All Madison College employees are welcome and encouraged to attend all presentations, sessions and events.

Published August 12, 2019.

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