Futures Study Hearing

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

March 8, 1996

'Future' Hearing Set for March 20

The Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System is seeking comments from throughout the UW-River Falls campus community and its service area to a package of recommendations on the cost, quality and accessibility of a UW education.

The Regents are inviting local citizens, business and community leaders, and elected officials, as well as UW-RF faculty, staff and students to testify Wednesday, March 20, in a public hearing. The hearing will be held from 4-6 p.m. in the fiber optic distance learning classroom, Room 112, of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. Testimony will continue to be taken locally at the conclusion of the hearing via fiber optics for those who wish to have recorded testimony provided to the Regents.

At the public hearing, to be chaired by Regent President Michael Grebe, individuals will be provided the opportunity to share their views on the future of the University in four broad areas:

  • Enhancing access to quality programs.
  • Keeping college affordable.
  • Creating new knowledge and fostering lifelong learning.
  • Improving the efficiency of the UW System.
  • Testimony will be presented "live" from the UW-RF distance learning fiber optic classroom to the UWS Regents, who will be at the public hearing's host site of UW-La Crosse. The UWS campuses at Eau Claire, Superior, and Stout at Menominee also will participate.

    Testimony also may be presented to the Board of Regents via electronic mail through April 2. The e-mail address is: testimony@ccmail.uwsa.edu

    The public hearing follows an eight-month study of the UW system, conducted by the Regents with participation by faculty, staff, students, elected officials and the public. The "Study of the UW System in the 21st Century" addresses the key challenges and opportunities facing public higher education in Wisconsin during a time of competing demands for state resources.

    The Regents at their monthly board meeting on March 8 concluded work on the study. A copy of a 30-page summary document of the 21st Century Study will be available at the Reserve Desk of the Davee Library beginning March 18. The document also will be on line by March 18 on the World Wide Web. It may be found at: http://www.uwsa.edu/

    Additional printed copies will be available at the March 20 hearing.

    Testimony at the public hearing will be considered by the Regents in preparation of a final report to be presented to Gov. Tommy Thompson and the Legislature later this year.

    For more information, contact Mark Kinders, UW-RF public affairs director, at 715/425-3771.



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