Wage increase proposal moves forward to public hearing

Dear Colleagues,

At Wednesday evening’s meeting of the Madison College District Board of Trustees, Mark Thomas, Vice President of Administration and Chief Financial Officer, presented the college’s Fiscal Year 2018-19 budget. The presentation included recommendations for wage adjustments for the employee groups to whom this Special Bulletin is being sent.

I am pleased to share that the Board was generally supportive of this proposal, which will be effective July 1, 2018 – the beginning of the new fiscal year. The Board will hold a public hearing on the budget in May and is scheduled to vote to approve the budget in June.

The wage adjustments presented to the Board include a cost-of-living increase of 3 percent. This increase was based upon the relevant Consumer Price Index rate of 2.13 percent plus an additional .87 percent.  

In January of 2018 the college began to phase in a new part-time faculty compensation structure over a three-year period. In FY18-19, Level 1 part-time faculty will receive the 3 percent increase even though the original three-year plan was to hold these salaries flat. Advanced (Level 2) and Senior (Level 3) part-time faculty will receive base wage increases commensurate with the originally announced three-year plan.

At this time, full-time faculty and PSRP employees represented by the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Local 243 continue to negotiate wages for the coming fiscal year. State law limits the maximum amount these represented employees may negotiate to the 2.13 percent CPI mentioned above; however, the college does have the ability to pay more than the CPI if financial resources allow. When negotiations are finalized, I will present contracts to the Board of Trustees for their approval, and the final pay adjustments will be reported jointly by their respective leadership and myself.

Approval of the budget recommendations in June will affirm the commitment of the District Board, college administrators and myself to manage our fiscal resources wisely, with an intense focus on the long-term financial health of the college. It also recognizes the important contributions made by every Madison College employee to the success of our students and communities.

Best wishes as you approach the end of Spring Semester and thanks for your continued good work.

Dr. Jack E. Daniels, III, President

Published April 6, 2018. Updated April 9, 2018.

Health insurance options are changing for 2019

Full-time employees are invited to attend informational sessions at every campus to learn about the health insurance changes that will be coming in January of 2019. The college will be transitioning to a Triple Choice HMO Plan with a PPO option for those who live outside of the HMO coverage area.

Here are the three HMO plans:

  • GHC HMO (same as existing GHC plan with access to UW Hospital)
  • Dean/SSM HMO (similar to WPS Southern network with access to St. Mary’s Hospital)
  • Arise HMO (similar to WPS HealthyU network with access to UW Hospital and Meriter)

Links to plan details:

Primary interests guiding the changes are to:

  • Retain competitive health insurance offerings as compared to higher education and public employers
  • Retain access to the majority of health care providers and systems
  • Provide equal coverage and costs for employees across the district
  • Support long-term sustainability of Madison College by containing health care costs and increasing predictability for budgeting

Upcoming Informational Sessions:

  • Tuesday, April 10, from 10 - 11 a.m., at the Reedsburg Campus - Room 111
  • Tuesday, April 10, from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., at the Portage Campus - Room 103B
  • Tuesday, April 10, from 10 - 11 p.m., at the Truax Campus - Room A2119
  • Thursday, April 12, from 10 - 11 a.m., at the Commercial Avenue Campus - Room 242
  • Tuesday, April 17, from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m., at the Truax Campus - Room D1630B
  • Wednesday, April 18, from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., at the Truax Campus - Room D2634
  • Thursday, April 19, from 3 - 4 p.m., at the Truax Campus - Room B3277
  • Tuesday, April 24, from 2 - 3 p.m., at the Truax Campus, Health Building - Room 311
  • Thursday, April 26, from 10 - 11 a.m., at the Watertown Campus - Community Room 142
  • Thursday, April 26, from 1 - 2 p.m., at the Fort Atkinson Campus - Community Room


Please email benefits@madisoncollege.edu or call Human Resources at 608-246-6900.

Published April 4, 2018. Updated April 9, 2018.

Dr. Daniels cancels April open office hours

Dr. Daniels has canceled his open office hours for Tuesday, April 10. His next open office hours are Tuesday, May 1.

Published April 4, 2018. Updated April 6, 2018.

Register now for Learning Academy

Learning Academy is a free professional development event that takes place over six days and includes courses focused on designing, delivering and assessing holistic student experiences. The courses are open to all Madison College employees.

These Learning Academy courses are offered May 22 - May 24 and May 30 - June 1.

The classes that will be offered include:

  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • DISC Training Workshops
  • Best Practices in International Learning Through Faculty Exchange
  • Blackboard - Grade Center
  • Blackboard - Introduction to Portfolios
  • Blackboard - Tips & Tricks
  • Contextualize to Learn Training Series (Part 1)
  • Curriculum Internationalization
  • Design a Course Feedback Survey with Survey Monkey
  • Engaging Our Under Resourced Students (Parts A and B)
  • Engaging Students with a Visual Syllabus
  • Faculty Mentor Training
  • FQAS -5 different FQAS classes
  • Honors Faculty Workshop
  • IBPS - Essentails
  • Service-Learning Course Design
  • Strengths Finder
  • Tools for Intercultural Learning and Engaging with International Students
  • We are Madison College: Bias and Inclusion in the Workplace
  • Shared Governance 101

Visit CETL Thrive to register.

View the list of sessions, descriptions and times offered.

  • Log in with your username (not email address), and password, do not use Internet Explorer.
  • Select Learning Academy from that list, and select Register.

Contact CETL with any questions at 608-246-6646.


Published April 4, 2018. Updated April 9, 2018.

Vianey Hernandez featured in Focus on Focus video

At the January Convocation, you heard stories from students about their learning and engagement experiences with our faculty. 

We wanted to share some additional perspectives from those students about how they felt when our faculty engage with them in the classroom. In this week's video, student Vianey Hernandez talks about her experience at Madison College.

Focus on Focus is about faculty engaging students in the classroom with evidence-based practices for course success that have been identified by Madison College faculty and staff.

Focus on Focus - Vianey Hernandez

Published April 2, 2018. Updated April 9, 2018.

College Assembly Recap

3/21/2018 College Assembly Recap

The College Assembly met on Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

Public Comments

Four Madison College employees expressed support for maintaining appointed union seats on the College Assembly. One student thanked the Assembly for reconsidering the number of councils in which students could participate. The Assembly has agreed to allow students to serve on more than one council.

Student Senate Update

Student Senate representative Tina Marshalek informed the Assembly that communications regarding impending student registration were confusing to students. She also thanked the Assembly for reconsidering the number of councils on which students may serve.

Review Council Charges

After councils reviewed their charges, all but the Professional Development Advisory Council confirmed that they were in agreement on their charges. One Assembly member recommended adding Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility to the Information Technology Council charge. IT Council co-chairs agreed to the change.

Review Proposed Bylaw Changes

Assembly Co-chair Keith Cornille reviewed suggested changes to the College Assembly Bylaws. The Assembly discussed the following sections, discussed them and thumbed them:

  • Bylaw Article V. Shared Governance Councils
  • Bylaw Article IV. College Assembly Information Sharing
  • Bylaw Article III. College Assembly Conduct of Business
  • Bylaw Article I. Terms of Membership (with changes)
  • Purpose Article V. Meetings
  • Purpose Article IV. College Assembly Operations

After review and discussions, consensus was not reached on the following sections:

  • Bylaw Article V. Shared Governance Councils, 7a
  • Bylaw Article II. Procedures for Positions, 2 – Membership by Election
  • Purpose Article III. Composition of the College Assembly
  • Purpose Article II. Mission and Purpose of the College Assembly

The Bylaws that were not thumbed will be discussed at the April 4 Assembly meeting. If there is still an impasse, they will go to Dr. Daniels for his decision.

The next Assembly meeting will take place Wednesday, April 4 at 2:30 p.m. in room E3830A at Truax Campus. Topics on the agenda will include:

  • Resolving issues with bylaws
  • How to seed councils
  • Loop out on ERPD Council issue statements
  • Education Spotlight on safety and security at regional campuses
  • Student Affairs Council will present Textbook Rental Recommendation


Published April 2, 2018.

President Daniels requests employee participation in PACE survey

Madison College Faculty and Staff:

I invite you to participate in Madison College’s 2018 Personal Assessment of the College Environment (PACE) survey and associated sub-scale on diversity to help our college assess its strengths and identify areas of improvement.

The purpose of the PACE employee survey is to promote open and constructive communication and to establish priorities for change by obtaining the satisfaction estimate of employees concerning the campus climate. Items on this instrument are divided into four domains: institutional structure, supervisory relationship, teamwork, and student focus. The survey outcomes play an important role in shaping important decisions at the college.  

The survey will be directly emailed to you from nilie_team@ncsu.edu starting on April 10, 2018 and open through April 25, 2018. The subject of the email will be "PACE Survey- Madison Area Technical College.”  The survey will take 15-20 minutes to complete.

Please know that your response is private and confidential. To ensure your complete anonymity, this survey is administered by an independent agency, the National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness (NILIE). No one at Madison College will ever have access to individual responses.

After the survey is concluded, NILIE provides to the college information and summarized data about all of the responses. This includes comparisons of the 2018 summary responses to prior PACE administrations as well as comparisons to other colleges that have administered the PACE. This year, NILIE will also provide the summarized data specifically for survey respondents from each vice president’s area. The vice presidents will use this information to develop action plans to address priority issues in their area.

If you have any questions about this survey or would like further information, please contact Institutional Research and Effectiveness.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation and assistance. Your opinion is important!

Jack E. Daniels, III, Ph.D.

Published March 28, 2018. Updated April 9, 2018.

Reminder: Innovation proposal deadline draws near

The Innovation Team would like to remind faculty and staff that there is still time to submit innovation and research and development proposals this fiscal year. Please submit proposals for FY2017-18 funding by May 7, 2018.

This deadline ensures time to award the funds and get purchases in during this year. Faculty and staff may continue to submit future proposals so they will be ready to go when funding becomes available.


What is the Innovation/Research and Development request process?

Published March 28, 2018.

Student's story featured in Focus on Focus video

At the January Convocation, you heard stories from students about their learning and engagement experiences with our faculty. 

We wanted to share some additional perspectives from those students about how they felt when our faculty engage with them in the classroom. In this week's video, student Kimberly Galarza talks about her experience at Madison College.

Focus on Focus is about faculty engaging students in the classroom with evidence-based practices for course success that have been identified by Madison College faculty and staff.

Focus on Focus - Kimberly Galarza

Published March 26, 2018. Updated April 9, 2018.

Website undergoes new color scheme; follows ADA guidelines

The college website has undergone many changes in order to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.

All pages and pdfs are readable by screen readers and alt tags have been added to describe photos.

Another update will be much more noticeable to all users; the color palette will change to increase the contrast ratio for maximum readability.

Starting March 29, all Madison College web pages, as well as Matters, will change to the new color palette. The colors were chosen with the help of the Communications and Strategic Marketing department and meet the college brand standards.

Questions? Contact Web Strategy Group

Published March 26, 2018. Updated March 28, 2018.