UW System Year in Review - 2005

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UW System Year in Review - 2005

University of Wisconsin System students, faculty, staff and supporters were busy and productive in 2005. Here's a brief sample of their good work:


The University of Wisconsin System reports 250 cost-saving measures to improve efficiency and effectiveness systemwide.

The Board of Regents endorses President Reilly's plan to consolidate some administrative functions of the statewide UW-Extension and the 13 freshman-sophomore UW Colleges, strengthening the institutions' shared access missions.


President Reilly meets with the University of Guadalajara

The UW System partners with the University of Guadalajara for the Jalisco-Wisconsin Consortium, an agreement that will facilitate exchange, contacts, and research opportunities among students, faculty and administrators.

Governor Jim Doyle

Governor Doyle announces funding for the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, a dynamic, interactive hub for collaborative research among all UW institutions.

The UW System joins a national collaboration with the Association of American Colleges and Universities to expand the university's commitment to providing liberal education that helps students discover knowledge, skills, and values.


posters in the rotunda photo

More than 100 UW undergraduates showcase cutting-edge research during "Posters in the Rotunda," a celebration at the State Capitol.

Governor Jim Doyle with UW Mascots

Students, families, alumni and university friends join elected officials around the state in marking UW Spirit Week, which highlighted the countless benefits UW provides for the state's public and private sectors.


The Board of Regents visits the UW-Stout campus for the first time in nine years and salutes the work of UW-Stout, UW-River Falls and UW-Eau Claire on Synergy, a public-private partnership that is strengthening economic and workforce development efforts in western Wisconsin.


photo of nurses at UW-Milwaukee

The UW System and several state partners win a $1.3 million U.S. Department of Labor grant to help solve the nation’s growing nursing shortage by fast-tracking nurses eligible to teach in UW nursing schools.


The UW Colleges are selected in a national competition to participate in the "Foundations of Excellence in the First College Year," a program to improve students' first-year college experience.


UW institutions waive tuition, and offer admission support services, for students displaced by hurricanes in the Gulf Coast; campuses organize several ongoing relief efforts to help in areas affected by the storms.


photo of a stem cell culture

The National Institutes of Health selects UW-Madison as the home of the first and only National Stem Cell Bank.

The UW School of Medicine and Public Health broadens its mission, and establishes plans for future collaborations on public health education, research and service in the Milwaukee area.

UW institutions unveil the UW Central Wisconsin Connection, which expands access to higher education for students in the Wausau, Marshfield and Stevens Point areas.


The UW System makes the first in a series of major reforms to the university's personnel policies and practices.

Cory Nettles

President Reilly launches the President's Council on Diversity to be chaired by Cory Nettles, former secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce.


The university seeks to help students from lower-income families attend college and begins a dialogue about creative, long-term financial aid and tuition plans that may increase access to a UW education.

Dr. David Wilson is named the new chancellor of UW-Extension and UW Colleges.

Several students graduate from a collaborative engineering program between UW-Fox Valley and UW-Platteville.

students from the collaborative engineering program between UW-Fox Valley and UW-Platteville