Madison College will add $1.8 million to a grant from Madison Gas and Electric to build a 1,400-kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) system on top of the main Truax Campus building. The system could save the campus more than $200,000 per year in electricity costs.
“Once installed, our system will be the largest rooftop PV system in Wisconsin,” said Ken Walz, chemistry and engineering instructor and director of the Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education. “On a sunny day, the system will reduce the college’s peak electric load by about 50 percent. Averaged over an entire year, it will offset about 10 to 15 percent of the college’s total electric consumption.”
MGE and the college expect to announce the selection of a solar developer in August. System design and acquisition of equipment will follow. The college plans to involve students in the installation beginning in summer 2018. It should take a few months to complete the project.
Madison College is one of three colleges behind the Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education (CREATE).
CREATE works to advance renewable energy education by supporting two-year college renewable energy programs. The college has received multiple grants from the National Science Foundation to develop curriculum, create new educational programs and train faculty and students throughout the country in renewable energy.
Implementation of this project will save energy and reduce airborne emissions for local residents.
Accessible instructional space on the roof of the Truax Campus will allow renewable energy students to conduct periodic inspections of the system to check for signs of wear, weathering and maintenance needs. Students enrolled in related fields such as electrical apprentice, electronics, electrical engineering, industrial maintenance and architecture will also benefit from having access to the PV installation.
Published June 7, 2017. Updated June 9, 2017.
The College Assembly gathered on Wednesday, May 10.
Mark Lausch, dean of the School of Health Education, presented an educational spotlight on the Academic Council’s workload pilot program. He described some of the workload models that have been adopted on a trial basis by various departments.
A subteam continues to work on a framework which will create guidelines for choosing, adopting and adhering to a workload model that works best for individual areas of the college. The resulting policy will eventually be born from these efforts.
Strategic and academic plan highlights
Tim Casper, co-chair of the Institutional Effectiveness Council, provided an update on the college’s strategic and academic plans. The current strategic plan was published, along with newly written mission, vision and values statements, in 2013. The academic plan was published in 2014.
Highlights of efforts to meet the goals of each plan include:
- Introduction of a predictive enrollment model in 2015
- Creation of a recruitment team
- Adoption of a new accreditation pathway
Casper stated that there is no timeline of expiration date on these plans, although they do get reviewed annually. All are welcome to review the college’s strategic plan and the newly adopted open accreditation pathway.
Student Senate news
Student Senate President Tina Marshalek reported that new students were recently sworn into Senate roles. She’s been seeking temporary Student Senate members to staff shared governance entities over the summer but recommends that councils contact their student members individually.
The Senate is launching a new student hunger and homelessness initiative and will loop out to the City of Madison. They also unanimously passed a resolution in support of the Student Affairs Council’s Textbook Adoption Policy.
Diversity Council addresses campus climate
Nicole Soulier, co-chair of the Diversity and Community Relations Council (DCRC), presented their issue statement: “How will Madison College assess campus climate and respond to the inequities in the findings to ensure that every student experiences a welcoming and inclusive environment?”
The DCRC collected feedback until May 17, and they will continue fleshing out the issue statement from there.
IT Council presents Technology Investment Policy
The IT Council gave an initial presentation of their Technology Investment Policy. The purpose of the policy is to require more thorough planning and vetting before any technology purchases are made at the college. The idea is that more time spent on the front end of an investment will result in more efficient use of existing resources and more effective implementation of new technologies, not to mention overall cost savings.
Part-time course assignment
A discussion regarding part-time course assignment was carried over from the previous Assembly meeting. Mike Kent, serving as a part-time faculty representative, had requested an impasse declaration over this topic. Kent related that it had originally been brought up twice to the Contract Alternative Committee but was at impasse. The Employee Relations and Professional Development (ERPD) Council had referred it to the Academic Council but it had yet to be addressed outside being a part of the workload policy, which is still in draft form.
Kent asserted that the status quo cannot be maintained, and all parties have to feel progress is being made in order for an impasse not to be declared.
The part-time faculty (PTF) employee group wishes to have an impasse declared on the topic so they can move on and pursue alternative solutions. Following review of shared governance bylaws and impasse procedures, many present didn’t feel they knew enough about the subject and its history or impasse procedures to make an informed decision. Assembly members asked for an educational spotlight on the subject during the next meeting.
The Assembly will meet on Wednesday, May 31, at 2:30 p.m. at the Truax Campus, Room B3243. The agenda will include a second read of the Student Affairs Council’s Textbook Adoption Policy, thumbing of the PTF’s course assignment impasse declaration, a first read of the Institutional Effectiveness Council’s issue statement, a first read of the ERPD’s Employee Pathways issue statements and a loop-out from the DCRC.
Published May 24, 2017. Updated June 7, 2017.
As we put the finishing touches on yet another semester, I thank you for your continued hard work and extra efforts in helping students succeed. As the semester comes to an end, I wanted to share a preview of some strategic transitions in Student Development and Success intended to further the college priorities related to inclusion and equity, as well as furthering our commitment to access and success for all in our district.
As Turina shared in her communication last week, we have worked in collaboration to thoughtfully consider succession planning over the next five to seven years, as well as to contemplate changes that are aimed at creating new organizational synergies and value, supporting innovation, leveraging existing talent, and finding ways to grow strategically, both in enrollment and revenue, in times of constrained resources. We must remember that as we continue to work together through horizontal integration with the expectation that no matter where a unit "lives” on an organizational chart, we need to work collaboratively to diminish silos in order to advance our strategies for the success of students. Even though there is some additional work that needs to be completed related to these and other changes that may follow, in the spirit of transparency, I wanted to share what is known at this point.
As I shared recently, there are a number of strategic realignments in the regions that will be taking place with the recently announced retirements of Jennifer Bakke, Doug Holton and Cindy Bowen effective July 1. I believe that I speak for all of us when I say we wish them well on the next phase of their lives and thank them for their continued support of students and the college. Jim Falco will be taking on the leadership role for the regional campuses. Jim and the leadership team are working on the alignment of duties that will provide direction and leadership for the delivery of academic offerings and student services that best meet the needs of our outlying markets.
Effective Saturday, July 1, the following realignment of programs, services and work assignments will take place:
- Also retiring this July will be James Merritt, director of Testing Services. We thank Jim for his commitment to students and the college during the past six years. Jim will be spending more time on his farm in southern Illinois, as well as time with his wife and grandson who will arrive this summer. As a result of Jim’s departure in July, Scott Ritter, manager of Disability Resource Services, will be taking on the additional responsibility for oversight of Testing Services.
- Several programs and services will be realigned under the leadership and oversight of Lucía Nuñez, vice president for Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement. The Scholars of Promise program and Recruiting Services will move from Student Development and Success. The redesign allows for the alignment of program and services intended to foster inclusion and the access portion of our mission that makes the idea of going to college and completion of a degree a reality for all in our district.
- Dean Carlotta Calmese will be reporting to the Executive Vice President and utilizing her talents to assist with South Madison outreach, assisting with the further development of the Inclusion, Equity and Diversity efforts and community, continuing to provide direction and further development of the mentoring programs, as well as special assignments.
- Retention Services will remain in Student Development with staff reporting to Janine Wilson, Director of TRiO. Career and Employment Services will remain with Gretchen Rixie in Student Development. Both of these areas will report to Geraldo VilaCruz.
- Career and College Transitions unit, including Gateway to College, will be part of the School of Academic Advancement. The move will allow the college consistency in all of our high school completion programs, as well as dual credit and youth options programs. The change will focus cultivation of further opportunities for advancing k-12 partnerships at the college.
- Within Enrollment Services, there will be realignment of some leadership duties across the administrative staff in the enrollment center. Later this summer, with the renovation of the previous Career and Employment Center in the Gateway, all payment functions will be transferred to the Office of Student Financial Support Services under Keyimani Alford and a new, one-stop student center will be created. All Enrollment and Student Financial Support Services will report to Lori Sebranek.
- Marty Crabbs and his team will focus on planning and business analysis for the division with direct reporting responsibilities to the Executive President/CSSO.
Other organizational realignments will be shared as they are completed. There is exciting momentum at Madison College. Thank you all for your part in it, as well as your continued support of students and their success.
Keith Cornille, Ed.D.
Executive Vice President and Chief Student Services Officer (CSSO)
Published May 15, 2017. Updated May 17, 2017.
The College Assembly gathered on April 26, 2017. Sixteen visitors attended in support of policies presented that day.
The meeting began with Assembly Co-chairs Keith Cornille and Laura Osinski presenting the nominees and recipients of the Terry S. Webb Leadership Award. Nominees included Penny Johnson, Marcus Mick, Susan Weber, Chris Page and Sandra Schwert.
Student recipients were Alex Hipler and Eric Simle, Student Senate members who are both active in shared governance. Mike Kent and Ann Camillo received staff awards.
Mike Stark, co-chair of the Facilities Planning and Investment Council (FPIC), presented an educational spotlight on the work of the Transportation Committee, the body ultimately responsible for implementing the Transportation Policy.
The Transportation Policy was thumbed by the Assembly in Aug. 2016. The committee was formed in Oct. 2016, with their charter approved by President Daniels in December. The committee’s work has included surveying the college community on transportation-related topics and reviewing the transportation plans of other colleges.
Student Senate presidents Alex Hipler (outgoing) and Tina Marshalek (incoming) reported on plans to update the District Board regarding Senate achievements and goals. Several Senate members received leadership awards at the 2017 Leadership Banquet. The Senate will discuss textbook affordability at their next meeting. They added that the recruitment of students to serve councils and committees may be delayed due to graduation and summer.
FPIC gave a second presentation of their Facilities Master Plan Policy. First, Mike Stark addressed how the new version considered and addressed interests shared at the last Assembly meeting. For example, wording now indicates that the policy adheres to the Diversity and Community Relations Council’s diversity statement.
Interests related to demonstrating fiscal responsibility and environmental sustainability were also considered. Stark said that because the policy is at heart an open-ended 10-year vision, the council didn’t want to limit possible future ideas. The college doesn’t have an official statement on environmental sustainability so the policy will refer to text “promoting strategies for environmental sustainability” as it has in the Transportation Policy.
After a lengthy discussion, the Assembly thumbed the policy.
The Student Affairs Council gave an initial presentation on their Textbook Adoption Policy. Co-chairs Kevin Foley and Nadia Rahman reminded those present that there is currently no existing policy on textbook adoption (course text selection by instructors). They also reported an inconsistent use of alternative materials and textbooks.
Key elements of the policy include:
- Instituting a three-year adoption cycle, except for programs where technology moves at a more rapid pace, thus requiring more frequently updated materials
- Development of departmental teams responsible for overseeing their program’s textbook adoptions
- Adherence to designated textbooks by faculty assigned to a course after the adoption deadline
- Allowing faculty to use a textbook outside the approval process only in exceptional circumstances
The Student Affairs Council demonstrated that they have done extensive research on best practices at other colleges and on what students want. The Council plans to present their Policy for thumbing in the near future.
Part-time Faculty representative Mike Kent requested the Assembly concede that the issue of part-time course assignment is at an impasse. Discussion ensued due to the fact that the issue was considered by the Contract Alternative Committee (CAC) but never formally introduced as a Shared Governance issue. Further conversation was tabled for a future meeting.
The College Assembly will meet again on Wednesday, May 10 at 2:30 p.m. Proposed topics for the meeting include an initial presentation of the IT Council’s Technology Investment Policy and review of the Diversity and Community Relations Council’s latest issue statements.
Published May 10, 2017.
As we collectively wrap up another great semester at Madison College, I wanted to share a preview of some exciting strategic transitions in the academic arena. These changes and more in progress are aimed at creating new organizational synergies and value, supporting innovation, leveraging and growing existing talent, and finding ways to grow enrollment and revenue in times of constrained resources. These changes, and those that will follow shortly from Dr. Keith Cornille, executive vice president and chief student services officer, are ultimately aimed at strengthening the student experience and ensuring access and success for all of our students.
While detail work remains, in the spirit of transparency, I wanted to share what is known at this point. More to follow. I would also like to thank Dr. Daniels for his support, Kristin Gebhardt, associate vice president of Human Resources, and the HR team for their collaborative support.
Arts and Sciences and STEM
As of July 1, 2017, Dr. Kevin Mirus will transition full time to a senior leadership position in our new STEM Center. Kevin will continue to work with talented faculty leaders, including Bethany Sansing-Helton, Dr. Tom Tubon, Ann Thompson, Jennifer Jackowski and more, as well as units across the college to develop and deliver new value for students, the college and the community relative to high demand STEM fields. Currently, the Associate Dean position in Arts and Sciences is posted and the goal will be to hire two Associate Deans from the pool.
School of Health Education (SoHE) and School of Applied Science, Engineering and Technology (ASET)
Dr. Antonio Re and Kay Grotelueschen, Associate Deans in SoHE, have notified the college of their retirement effective June 30, 2017. We wish Antonio and Kay the best and thank them for their contributions to our college. As of May 8, 2017, Sandra Docter, Associate Dean in ASET will transition to SoHE as Associate Dean. Currently, the process is underway to name an Interim Associate Dean of Nursing. Leadership continuity plans for ASET are in development, but include Lucas White being named Interim Associate Dean.
As industries continue to emerge and converge, program realignment within our Schools is an ongoing process aimed at creating new opportunities for program growth and collaboration. To that end, as of July 1, Information Technology programs will shift into ASET and Veterinary Technician will follow Sandy Docter to SoHE.
Business and Applied Arts (BAA) and new focus on strategic partnerships and innovation
As of July 1, Bryan Woodhouse, current Dean of BAA, will assume a senior leadership position focusing on strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship and innovation. In addition to supporting leaders in workforce and economic development, entrepreneurship, and professional and continuing education, he will lead special projects aimed at cultivating new revenue and new product lines for the college. Dr. Erin Kohl will be named Interim Dean of BAA. Options for leadership backfill and continuity are currently in development and plans will be shared when complete.
Strategic realignment in the regionals
In addition, Keith Cornille shared an earlier communication about the strategic realignment in the regionals. As Jennifer Bakke and Doug Holton transition to retirement, I want to echo Keith’s sentiments wishing them both well and thanking them for their many contributions to Madison College. The academic leadership team looks forward to working alongside Jim Falco and the entire regional team to strategically plan for and deliver academic offerings and services that best meet the needs of our outlying markets.
Again, details and other organizational realignments will be shared as they are completed. There is exciting momentum at Madison College….thank you all for your part in it. Please share this update as you see fit.
Turina R. Bakken, Ph.D.
Published May 5, 2017.
Beginning Monday, May 22, the service drive that leads to the East Court, and the parking areas and dog walk beyond that point, will be closed for resurfacing. Temporary ADA parking will be available in the Administrative Building Parking Lot on Anderson Street.
The existing asphalt, which was put in place in 1985, has deteriorated to the point that patching and spot replacement of these surfaces is not feasible. Resurfacing them is the best and most cost-effective, long-term option to ensure the integrity of these surfaces and minimize the need for intensive maintenance.
This work will continue through Aug. 1, which will lessen the inconvenience for faculty, staff and students, including prospective students and their families who will be visiting our campus during the summer.
Temporary signs have been installed this week to alert commuters of this impending work. When the project begins, barriers will be placed in the roadway. You will have access, however, to the North Court Lot from the service drive. This PDF provides a useful snapshot of what this project entails.
Your patience during this time is appreciated. If you have any questions, please contact me at ext. 6301.
CFO, Vice President of Administration
Published May 3, 2017. Updated July 19, 2017.
The College Assembly met on Wednesday, April 12.
Bethany Sansing-Helton and Kevin Mirus shared an educational spotlight on the status and strategic goals of the Madison College STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Center. The STEM Center’s mission is to become the access point for STEM related education and career connections for the college and our surrounding community.
The STEM Center will officially open in fall 2017 and will host faculty workshops, facility tours and guest speakers, and foster ongoing support for anyone interested in STEM careers.
Keyamani Alford, manager of Student Financial Support Services, also shared an educational spotlight on his department and its services. Alford’s presentation addressed the department’s regulatory areas including academic program eligibility, funding and review of reporting documents.
Alford also highlighted the expected decrease in Pell Grant funding and federal work study and predicted there will be a need for additional student supports to cover the sudden lack of federal funds.
Outgoing Student Senate President Alex Hipler shared an update on Senate activities. Members attended a Student Affairs Council discussion on the issue of textbook affordability. They’re currently debating an issue on how the Student Activities fee should be assessed. Hipler and Tina Marshalek, the new Senate president, will report their plans and achievements to the District Board.
The Facilities Planning and Investment Council (FPIC) presented the first read of their Facilities Master Plan Policy. The Policy was created to provide direction, consistency and equity to future plans. FPIC welcomed questions which they will review at their next meeting.
The Student Affairs Council looped out to the Assembly on the heels of their recent discussion with Student Senate members. The Council plans to present their Textbook Affordability Policy at the April 26 Assembly meeting for the first reading.
The Employee Relations and Professional Development (ERPD) Council continued their their loop-out on Employment Pathways. When last presented, there wasn’t enough time to take feedback and that opportunity was given at this time.
ERPD member Mike Kent stated there was currently no single policy that governs and gathers collective professional development policies.
Keith Cornille followed up on his recent presentation on enrollment opportunities. He reported that 19 percent of district high school graduates enroll in Madison College directly after graduation. That number increases to 26 percent when you look at graduates over a two-year period. Cornille stated that the recruiting team is trying to reach the latter number sooner by increasing high school visits and application numbers.
Assembly co-chairs Cornille and Laura Osinski shared some of the findings from the March 23 Shared Governance forum.
Forum attendees indicated they felt that shared governance had helped improve inclusiveness, relationships across departments and transparency.
Suggested opportunities included assessment and sharing of findings, better prioritizing of issues and clarification of the Assembly structure.
Dr. Daniels has charged Cornille and Osinski with the development of a survey to gather additional college-wide feedback on shared governance at Madison College and to assess and share their findings.
The College Assembly will meet again on Wednesday, April 26, at 2:30 p.m.
Published April 26, 2017.
Madison College had its accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association re-affirmed in July 2016. The College demonstrated to the HLC its commitment to continuous improvement in academic services and support operations.
Moving forward, the college is embarking on an effort to focus college action on a defined set of college-wide interventions/strategies to improve student course success. The goal is to begin implementing the interventions/strategies during the spring 2018 semester.
This initiative, Focus on Focus, will be led by Dr. Turina Bakken, Provost, and Dr. Tim Casper, vice president of Institutional Learning and Effectiveness. Drs. Bakken and Casper will co-chair a steering team comprised of faculty and staff from across the college. Their first meeting will be on Tuesday, April 25. Dr. Brad Phillips of the Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC) will facilitate the committee and serve as an expert resource to the group. IEBC is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping educators make improvements in student success and related issues.
More information about the project will be shared at the August 2017 Convocation. Additional communication regarding the history and steering team can be found on the college’s SharePoint Intranet site under the Institutional Learning and Effectiveness area.
Published April 24, 2017.
Chef John Gadau and Chef Phillip Hurley will present "Sardine, Marigold, Gates and Brovi" at the next Center for Entrepreneurship Chef Series on Wednesday, May 10, in the Truax demonstration kitchen.
The chefs were introduced to one another in 1997 as neighbors living in the same apartment building. They both shared the same notions about local ingredients, simple but thoughtfully crafted flavor profiles and the importance of “place” and “classic tradition.”
Their culinary careers span from their native hometown of Chicago to the restaurant culture of California. Gadau and Hurley worked separately in establishments, such as Café Provencal (Chicago), Carlucci (Chicago), Michel Richard’s Citrus (Los Angeles) and Judy Rodger’s Zuni Cafe (San Francisco).
They decided to move their families to Madison to start a joint venture in 2000 with the launch of Marigold Kitchen, a breakfast and lunch restaurant one block off of the Capital Square.
Gadau and Hurley seized the opportunity to open Sardine, a lakeside bistro and bar, in the spring of 2006 when a space in the historical Machinery Row became available.
In October of 2012, Gadau and Hurley teamed up with bartender and manager from Sardine to open Gates and Brovi. They looked to create a niche in an area where some of Madison’s most prominent neighborhoods meet.
Paired with an “East Coast feel” and the environment of a supper club, Gates and Brovi serves seafood dishes as well as burgers and sandwiches. Their meat and vegetables are all locally sourced, and they have chosen sustainable seafood with an outfit called "Sea-to-Table," which bridges the gap between fishermen and chefs.
Published April 24, 2017. Updated May 12, 2017.
I wanted to take a couple of minutes to share with you some upcoming staffing and leadership changes that will be taking effect over the next several months at the regional campuses.
First, Jennifer Bakke made the decision to retire from the college effective June 30, 2017. I know this was not an easy decision for Jennifer, though is one that she knows is right for her and her family at this time. I want to thank Jennifer for her eleven years of service to the college and for all of her efforts and hard work over the past three years in moving the Fort and Watertown campuses forward as the Dean of the East Region.
Also, Doug Holton has decided to move to the next phase of his life and will also be retiring from the college after eight years in various leadership roles, including three as the Associate Dean for the East Region.
Last summer, the decision was made to move the regional and metro campuses under the responsibility of the Executive Vice President/CSSO. At that time I indicated that I would take some time to work with the Regional Deans to better understand the regional campuses and determine how we might strengthen our structure to meet the needs of the campuses. During the past nine months, I have heard from many faculty and staff with thoughts on how we might move the campuses to greatness. Major themes include a greater need for strategic direction and the ability to help determine the “course portfolio” to ensure that the academic offerings are meeting the needs of the respective communities and students that we serve. There is also a need for more marketing/community outreach to further the viability of the campuses.
Given the input from individuals and recent news of Jennifer and Doug’s decisions to retire, it was determined that now is the time to make several changes to the leadership structure of the regional campuses, effective July 1, 2017.
The first realignment of leadership is the change from two Dean positions with oversight of the North and East regions respectively, to one leadership position with responsibility for leadership of all regional campuses. Jim Falco will be filling this role providing leadership and direction in fulfilling the community and academic mission of the campuses. This change is being made to provide consistency of vision and direction across the regional campuses. Jim will work closely with faculty and staff in achieving this objective and will continue to provide direction to the leadership teams at each of the campuses. Jim will be working with the full-time faculty at the regional campuses, and will continue to foster community outreach as well as taking on a more active role in fundraising efforts in order to support scholarship and program needs in the regions.
Associate Dean Positions
After considerable consideration, the decision has been made to eliminate the two Associate Dean positions. The responsibility for the oversight of part-time instruction and course offerings will be addressed through the realignment of duties of the campus Managers and other administrative roles. One of the Associate Dean positions will be realigned to provide direction and development of a strategic academic (credit and non-credit) course portfolio. This position, Regional Director for Academic and Fiscal Strategy Planning, will be filled by Scott Beard, who will work closely with Jim, regional campus faculty, and School Deans to ensure that our academic offerings address the various educational and economic needs for the various campuses/communities. This position will be housed in the North Region and will provide backup to Jim in his absence.
The Campus Managers will continue to ensure that the campuses are meeting the needs of students by providing support, guidance and leadership to the faculty and staff. The positions will also be taking on a greater role in community outreach in their particular communities as well as some other additional duties, which will be determined and developed in a collaborative manner with Jim and Jennifer. There are no changes in the personnel of the campus Managers as we are confident that Linda, Cindy, Glenn and Linda will continue to provide the leadership of the campuses as they have in the past.
Director, Economic Development, Outreach and Marketing
The final realignment of the leadership team will be the creation of a new position with responsibility for strategic planning of community outreach and marketing for the regional campuses. The position will provide strategic direction for our outreach efforts to local communities and businesses for degree credit and non-degree course offerings and to help us build a shared vision for the campuses among all of our internal stakeholders. This position will be housed in the East Region.
It is my belief that these realignments of leadership responsibilities will provide the vision and direction to grow enrollments, while also providing programs and services that enrich the campuses and communities that we serve. The plan represents near completion of the realignment of staff, though it should be noted that minor adjustments and additional re-engineering of some duties may be necessary to realize further efficiencies.
Keith Cornille, Ed.D.
Executive Vice President/Chief Student Services Officer (CSSO)
Published April 19, 2017.