College Assembly Recap

The College Assembly last met on Feb. 28, 2018.

The councils had been asked to share their charges with the Assembly. With Shared Governance elections drawing near, all agreed it was a good time to ensure the charges reflect the actual work of each council so potential council members have an accurate picture when they apply. Most of the councils were ready, but some are making revisions that will be shared later.

The Student Senate shared an update stating that they have 18 positions to fill in their current election. The student body was emailed ballots urging each person to vote. Senate President Tina Marshalek shared that she is not seeking reelection.

The Senate is still hard at work on addressing student hunger and homelessness.

Members of the Diversity and Community Relations Council asked for thumbs for their Campus Climate Policy. The policy statement reads:

“Madison College will assess student evaluations of campus climate and respond to any inequities in findings across racial/ethnic groups of students in efforts to establish a safe and inclusive environment.”

The policy was thumbed.

Discussion over proposed Shared Governance by-law changes took over the remainder of the meeting.

The biggest changes, as presented by Assembly Co-chair Keith Cornille, involved employee group representation.

The revised by-laws, if approved, would shift automatic union representation on the Assembly to employee group representation. For example, PSRP could elect two representatives to serve, rather than one elected member and one automatic union leader. Another change would be to only have each employee group elect their representatives. The current practice has been that the entire college votes on the final two candidates in all employee groups.  

Several members questioned why unions had not been consulted on their proposed removal from College Assembly. The response was that union leadership has served on the Process Improvement Team, where this issue has been under discussion for over a year, and has come to impasse.

One argument in favor of the change stated that the new by-laws allowed employees to have a broader choice when choosing their representatives, and would be a response to employee feedback about inclusion.

Arguments against the change perceived it as “union-busting” and a move from a participatory attitude toward unions to union substitution.

The by-law edits were tabled as the conversation turned toward upcoming elections and adapting the Assembly seasonal meeting schedule to better meet staff work schedules.

The College Assembly will next meet on Wednesday, March 21 at 2:30 p.m. in room D1630C.

Published March 21, 2018.

Student progress on core workforce skills reported

This past fall, 1,330 students were assessed in their demonstration of core workforce skills. The original goal was to survey 1,000 students and it was surpassed by more than 300 students.

Goal: Assess Core Workforce Skills identified as important by local industry representatives. Implement annual measurement and analysis of the results over a 10 year period (2015-2025).


To learn more, visit Core Workforce Skills intranet page.

The core workforce skills are:

  • Self-management
  • Critical thinking
  • Social interaction
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Ethics



For more information, contact Robin Nickel or (608) 246-6413.


Published March 19, 2018. Updated March 26, 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. 

As we near the mid-way point of the semester, 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 Katrina Willis 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 - Katrina Willis

Published March 19, 2018. Updated March 26, 2018.

Provost Turina Bakken announces new Business and Applied Arts dean

Greetings faculty,

Dr. Erin Kohl has been selected as Madison College’s next dean of Business and Applied Arts.

Erin has been serving as interim dean since July 1, 2017 and succeeds Bryan Woodhouse who is now associate vice president, Strategic Partnerships and Innovation.  Prior to her interim role, Erin was the associate dean in Business and Applied Arts, a position she has held since 2014.

Erin brings to this role a broad professional background in marketing, student services, teaching and various academic leadership roles, including service as the interim vice president for the Kellett School at Lakeland University. Erin holds a doctorate degree from Capella University and an MBA from Lakeland University as well as an undergraduate degree in business management and marketing. She is also a graduate of the Wisconsin Leadership Development Institute (WLDI). 

Special thanks to Dr. Denise Reimer who led the national search.

Please join me in congratulating Erin and welcoming her to our outstanding leadership team. 

Dr. Turina Bakken 

Published March 19, 2018.

Cosmetology 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. 

As we near the mid-way point of the semester, we wanted to share some additional perspectives from those students about how they felt when our faculty engage with them in the classroom. This first story is from Natalie Leighton, a student in the cosmetology program.

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 - Natalie Leighton

Published March 9, 2018. Updated March 19, 2018.

New resource offers student registration tips

We all play a role in ensuring our students continue to enroll in classes at the college. Enrollment Services has heard many of you ask, “How can I help?” One of the best ways to help is to offer our students a consistent registration experience across the college.

To this end, we created a web page as a resource available 24/7 that offers transparency in how we are communicating registration timelines, tools and support to our students, as well as a toolkit for staff and faculty who want to proactively support students during the registration process.

Visit the Continuing Program Student (CPS) Registration Campaign web page found on the faculty/staff intranet.

You will find the following resources:

  • Copy of the Student Communication Plan for fall 2018 Registration
  • Access to the Enrollment Services Blog. Receive copies of communications your students are receiving
  • Blackboard announcement templates for faculty to easily add to their classes
  • Videos and printable guides to registration-related tools
  • Sample communications displaying the design of the campaign 

Be sure to check it out and spread the word, so we can better serve our students during registration.

If you have feedback or ideas for this web page, please email Nicole Miller.

Published March 5, 2018.

Bookstore requests textbook adoption submissions by April 1

Summer and fall 2018 textbook adoptions are due to the bookstore by April 1.

This notice is being provided for program directors, faculty, deans and associate deans. The policy calls for collaboration and inclusion through faculty teams for the timely and complete submission of all textbook adoptions. The Bookstore will provide follow up to those department/program areas that do not submit their adoptions by the deadline.

The online Textbook Adoption system will open on March 12. 

Faculty can learn how to submit textbooks at the Bookstore's instructions page.

Online forms can be found at the Bookstore's faculty log-in page.

Faculty can complete the paper form and send to the bookstore via interdepartmental mail, in person or e-mail it back to Bookstore Text Adoption.

Starting with the fall semester, the new Textbook Adoption Policy is taking effect. The Textbook Adoption Policy was created and approved through the Shared Governance system at Madison College using Interest Based Problem Solving. The Student Affairs Council helped to create the policy, which was then approved by the College Assembly, and then signed by the president in July 2017.

Questions regarding the online adoption system? Contact Mike Panten for more information.



Published March 5, 2018. Updated March 7, 2018.

College Assembly Recap

College Assembly Recap Feb. 14, 2018 

The College Assembly met on Wednesday, Feb. 14.

Public Comment:  Miranda Hawk, member of the Academic Council, gave a public comment commending the work of the council and assuring Assembly members that the council took a lot of effort to “get the voice of everyone.” She also stated that everyone’s comments were valued by the group.

Educational Spotlights

Advising Survey

Representatives of Student Development and Retention Services, reported on the results of an advising survey completed during the fall semester. The survey focused on why students engage with advising services, who referred them to the services and what their experience was like.

The majority of students were referred by faculty or staff members. While students report overall satisfaction with services they received, there is room for improvement, according to Geraldo VilaCruz, dean of students.

The survey data will be used to understand the student experience, make adjustments in programming to more effectively support students and improve communications about services. As a result of the survey, SDR plans to continue to increase training activities for advisors and create personalized, positive experiences.

Title III Grant activities

Emily Sanders and Amber Buschman of the Grants Office, introduced the Department of Education Title III Strengthening Institutions Grants. Madison College was one of only seven institutions to receive grant funds. The $3 million grant will fund college-wide transformational activities during the next five years. Goals related to the grant include: collect, assess, refer, and enhance PEP and successful outcomes, resulting in the acronym CARES.

The College has identified these two key objectives:

1.     Increase the rate at which students complete developmental education and enroll in degree credit courses.

2.     Ensure all students develop an individualized career and educational plan and access supports they need to reach their goals.

At the end of the grant, Madison College will provide student services in new ways, according to Buschman.  More information is available at this SharePoint site.

Student Senate Report

The Student Senate is looking into an app that could replace The Link, the communications hub for student clubs and organizations. They are working on the budget for next year. Recruiting is underway for new Senate members. A candidate forum will take place near the end of February with elections in March. Four members of the Senate will travel to the Wisconsin capitol to lobby state legislators.

Action Items

The Diversity and Community Relations Council presented a proposed Campus Climate policy for first reading. Proposed policy is as follows: Madison College will assess and respond to any inequities in findings across racial/ethnic groups of students in efforts to establish a safe and inclusive environment.

Council representatives said results of the Student Satisfaction Inventory have historically shown a significant gap in the way ethnically diverse students feel on campus compared with white students with regard to “sense of belonging and support.” They want to respond to inequities in data and create a new tool or system that expands student data collection around culture and climate.

The DCRC will enter into the next phase of work on this issue.

DCRC representatives also presented this issue statement on Diversity in Hiring: “How does Madison College collect, monitor, report and utilize data to ensure that employee demographics reflect student demographics?” 

During discussion, DCRC Co-chair Lucía Nuñez, said the proposal was not intended to be a mandate, but an aspirational goal. Assembly Co-Chair Laura Osinski suggested this may not be a policy, rather a recommendation. Assembly members thumbed the issue statement.

The Academic Council presented two Issue Statements related to Focus on Focus directives for first readings. The first was “What is the common information a student needs in a required syllabus?” Following some discussion the Assembly thumbed this issue statement.

Next the council presented this related Issue Statement: “How do we ensure students have timely digital access to course information and course academic progress?” This statement was also thumbed by the Assembly. The council will continue work on these two issue statements.

Report from Co-Chairs

Keith Cornille noted that the March 14 scheduled College Assembly meeting falls during spring break and asked that the meeting be rescheduled to March 21. The proposal was thumbed and Cornille noted that some councils may have to adjust their schedules.

Several groups have been discussing representation on the Assembly and structure of the body. College leadership will recommend changes to the bylaws including when new members begin their service on the Assembly. Keith will send more information to members of the Assembly. The Cabinet will send proposed changes for first reading with a 30-day period before the second reading.

Published March 2, 2018. Updated March 21, 2018.

Provost to host office hours this Friday

Provost Turina Bakken announced office hours on Friday, March 2, from 9-10:30 a.m.

This is an opportunity for faculty and staff to discuss matters of concern, share success stories or propose new ideas.


Published February 28, 2018. Updated March 2, 2018.

Glitch reported in Marketing Request Forms

The Communications and Strategic Marketing department has not been receiving Marketing Request Forms because of technical errors that were recently discovered. It appears the problem began in early February. These errors are in the process of being corrected.

If your department has submitted a Marketing Request Form since Feb. 1, it was not received by the department. Please call 608-246-6921, or contact Chelsey Bowers or Vicki Saffran to verify your request has been received. 

When the form is working properly, requests are typically acknowledged immediately upon receipt via email.

Published February 28, 2018. Updated March 1, 2018.