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Radomski weighs in on proposed restructuring of UW Colleges and UW-Extension

October 25, 2017

Noel Radomski, the managing director of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE), has​ weighed in extensively on the recent UW System proposal to restructure UW Colleges and UW-Extension, describing the proposal's ​potential and pitfalls and placing it in historical ​context.

Noel RadomskiIf approved, the proposal would ​merge UW Colleges with various four-year UW institutions as part of a broader restructuring of UW Colleges and UW-Extension. ​It would also ​assign the various divisions of UW-Extension to UW-Madison and UW System Administration and eliminate the statewide office, currently led by Chancellor Cathy Sandeen, that runs both UW Colleges and UW-Extension.

Radomski has written two ​WISCAPE blog posts ​discussing the proposal​:

In addition, he has been quoted in several news articles, including reports in the Daily Cardinal, Badger Herald, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal, ​Capital Times, and WiscNews.

On Oct. 20, ​Frederica Freyburg ​talked to Radomski, along with UW System President Ray Cross, about the plan for the Wisconsin Public Television show "Here and Now."

Though Radomski has shared some possible benefits of the proposal, he has called for extending the timeline to review, approve, and implement it to allow for further public dialogue and criticism. The current timeline​ -- which calls for the UW Board of Regents to vote on the proposal at its November meeting and then implement it by July 2018 ​-- is "folly," he said.

"I have talked with a lot of faculty and staff at Extension and the (two-year) colleges and they are not inherently opposed to the restructuring​," he said in an interview for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "But they have lots of questions, and they recognize that the details aren't there."

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