UW System: Room to grow higher education in Waukesha County (Feb 3, 2006)

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Feb. 3, 2006

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UW System: Room to grow higher education in Waukesha County

MADISON-Expanding higher educational opportunities for the benefit of students and the Waukesha-area economy is the focus of a report issued this week by a University of Wisconsin System steering group.

The initial report provides a summary of the process and topics involved in the steering group's review of the higher education needs and opportunities identified in the Waukesha and greater Milwaukee areas. The full report is available at

"This report's initial findings of the needs and expectations of community, political and business leadership will inform our discussions about how best to add value in Waukesha County and the Milwaukee metropolitan area through higher education opportunities and research activity," said UW System Executive Senior Vice President Donald J. Mash, who has been coordinating and directing the study. The initial summary report was delivered this week to UW System President Kevin P. Reilly, who charged Mash and the group to undertake the examination.

"I thank the steering committee and those in the Waukesha area who are contributing their time and energy to this assessment," Reilly said. "I'm impressed by the range of considerations in this report and its emphasis on growth, and I look forward to an in-depth discussion with the Board of Regents about moving forward on these ideas."

Mash will be available on Monday, Feb. 6, on the UW-Waukesha campus to talk with the campus community, interested citizens and media representatives about the steering group's initial report and next steps. Mash will be joined by UW-Waukesha Dean Patrick Schmitt. The conversation will be held in the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, located in the Fine Arts Center on campus at 1500 N. University Dr., at 1:30 p.m.