Question of the Week

What is the Student Satisfaction Inventory?

Team Matters spoke to Zong Her and Tom Heaney from the office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness about the upcoming Student Satisfaction Inventory. 

Monday, Feb. 19 to Friday, March 9, Madison College will facilitate the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI), a survey of all degree credit students. This survey is conducted every two years and completed by students online, outside of class time. The SSI will take students approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Stations will also be set up in the 

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to participate in the survey, the results of which are compiled and reported by an outside firm, providing important insights into areas of student satisfaction and provide key direction for initiatives related to retention, strategic planning, communications, overall student services and more.  Additionally, Madison College’s results will be benchmarked against those from other two-year institutions nationwide. 

All degree credit students will receive an email inviting them to participate. Laptop stations will be set up and staffed Feb. 19-21 near the Atrium Café at Truax and in libraries at our regional campuses.

To increase the response rate and hear from as many students as possible, several giveaway prizes are being offered as incentives, including a $500 Madison College scholarship, Chromebook laptop computer, $100 Amazon gift card and more.

If you know of a student in need of accommodations to participate in the survey, please contact Tom Heaney or Zong Her at 608-246-6412.

What is the Student Satisfaction Inventory?

Published January 22, 2018. Updated January 24, 2018.

What is Bucky on Parade?

Bucky on Parade is a free public art event that will bring approximately 100 life-size Bucky Badger statues to the streets of Madison and Dane County. Local and regional artists will transform these Bucky statues into unique works of art. The parade itself begins Monday, May 7­, and continues through the summer. After the public art display, the Bucky statues will be auctioned off to raise funds for organizations including Garding Against Cancer, Madison Area Sports Commission and other community charities.

Provost Turina Bakken serves on the Madison Area Sports Commission board, a subset of the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau. Bakken was placed on the executive committee for Bucky on Parade, as well as chair of the marketing committee. Team Matters interviewed her about the event.

She is excited about Madison College’s involvement in the project. The college is storing the Bucky statues, and students from Applied Science and Engineering Technology will spray the statues with a protective coating.

The college gets two statues for the parade, both of which will be designed by Madison College faculty, Emmalee Pearson of Visual Communications, and Jeff Dewitt in Animation. Their designs will reflect some of the stories of the college and the value it creates for the community. 

Learn more by visiting the Bucky on Parade website.

What is Bucky on Parade?

Published January 17, 2018.

Looking forward with President Jack Daniels

Team Matters spoke with Dr. Daniels about what he wants faculty and staff to know as we enter a new year.

Topics he covered include the Facility Master Plan, the South Campus Initiative and why Interest-Based Problem Solving (IBPS) is moving to Human Resources.

Looking forward

Published January 10, 2018.

What is the focus of the Spring 2018 Convocation?

Tim Casper, vice president of Institutional Learning and Effectiveness, met with Team Matters to talk about the upcoming Spring 2018 Convocation, which is Tuesday, Jan. 9, and Wednesday, Jan. 10. 

Casper answered questions about the Focus on Focus initiative and the Facility Master Plan, which faculty and staff will learn more about during Convocation.

What is the focus of the Spring 2018 Convocation?

Published January 5, 2018.

What are you doing for winter break?

Winter break is coming soon. The Matters Team asked faculty and staff what their plans are during the during their time off.

What are you doing for winter break?

Published December 18, 2017.

How is Madison College positioned on Social Media?

Maureen Alley took over as Social Media Coordinator for Madison College a year ago. She was only the second person to hold that full-time position. 

Alley, who worked as an instructor at Madison College before striking out as an editor and independent social media consultant, shared some insights as to how Madison College uses various social media platforms to tell its story and whom the school is trying to reach. 

The goal for the college’s social media channels is to introduce the school to potential students. It’s also reaching out the community as a whole and showing them what we offer.

Is there something interesting happening in your area? Contact Maureen Alley in Communications and Strategic Marketing to help share your story.

Social Media

Published December 11, 2017.

What is the Creator Studio?

When students are busy and stressed from their finals, sometimes they need to place to get away and take a break from it all. The Madison College Libraries Creator Studio is a great place to relax, but students can also tinker, build, explore and create. 

Team Matters took a trip up to Truax Room B3211, the location of the Creator Studio, and met with a group of librarians. Erika Linzner, Kris Glodoski Wolf, Mark Perkins and Donna Marconnet answered their questions, and the Matters interns got to check out some of the games, activities and projects the studio offers. Although this is a student-first space, faculty and staff are encouraged to come in and enjoy the studio.

The Creator Studio is open Monday through Friday, from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Visit their website to learn about upcoming events. 

What is the Creator Studio?

Published December 4, 2017. Updated December 6, 2017.

A special message from President Daniels

The Combined Charitable Campaign will run through the end of December. Pledges can be made online or via paper pledge form and sent to Chelsey Bowers.

Please note: River Food Pantry (#1232) is listed online—but was mistakenly missed on the list of charities. If you are completing a paper form, simply write this organization in to support it.

For general questions about the Combined Charitable Campaign, please contact CCC Chair Chelsey Bowers. For questions related to the Madison College Foundation, please contact Jenny Mulligan.

Madison College Combined Charitable Campaign - Grow South

Published November 22, 2017. Updated November 29, 2017.

What is the South Campus Match?

Team Matters spoke with Dr. Daniels to learn about the South Campus Match from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation. The college was challenged to raise $3.5 million before March 30, 2018, to complete the South Campus Match, which includes construction of a new Madison College South Campus. If that goal is met, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation will match that number dollar for dollar. 

Faculty and staff can double the impact of their gift to the Combined Charitable Campaign if they designate their gift to the South Campus Match. This contribution, combined with the Great Lakes match, means $7 million toward a campus with 75,000 programmable square feet. 

What is the South Campus Match?

Published November 13, 2017.

What is the Madison College STEM Center?

Team Matters spoke with Kevin Mirus, director of the STEM Center, about the new Madison College STEM Center. The Center began providing programming, services and guidance to foster engagement and success in Science Technology Engineering and Math careers. The STEM Center provides a speaker series, tours of STEM related programs at the college and presentations about transfer opportunities for students in those programs.

Check the current STEM flyer for upcoming events.

For further information and future programs contact the STEM Center or 608-246-6285.


What is the Madison College STEM Center?

Published October 23, 2017.