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'I didn't really learn anything': COVID grads face college

Aug. 09, 2022 01:56 AM EDT

Angel Hope looked at the math test and felt lost. He had just graduated near the top of his high school class, winning scholarships from prestigious colleges. But on this test — a University of Wisconsin exam that measures what new students learned in high school — all he could do was guess. ...

Northwestern's president-elect steps down to battle cancer

Jul. 11, 2022 12:12 PM EDT

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Rebecca Blank, who was named last fall the first female president of Northwestern University, announced Monday she is stepping down after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. In a news release, the school said that Blank, who concluded her...

Wisconsin's conservative high court hands GOP another weapon

Jun. 30, 2022 23:48 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's conservative-controlled Supreme Court handed Republicans their newest weapon to weaken any Democratic governors in the battleground state, ruling this week that political appointees don't have to leave their posts until the Senate confirms their successor. ...

UW regents extend undergraduate tuition freeze

Jun. 10, 2022 08:22 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents has approved freezing tuition for in-state undergraduate students again this year. The Wisconsin State Journal reported that the regents approved the freeze as part of the system’s 2022-23 budget Thursday....

New UW president wants to continue tuition freeze

Jun. 02, 2022 12:52 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin System's new president said Thursday that he wants to continue a freeze on tuition for in-state graduates through at least the next academic year. Jay Rothman took over as president on Wednesday and held a short question-and-answer...

Failed search for UMD chancellor cost $166,000

May. 27, 2022 10:37 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The $166,000 search for a new University of Minnesota-Duluth chancellor has come up empty. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Thursday that University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel announced on Monday that none of the three finalists who were invited for...

Man convicted of killing couple, leaving bodies at arboretum

May. 24, 2022 11:25 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A man has been found guilty of fatally shooting a University of Wisconsin physician and her husband, who were the parents of his girlfriend, and leaving their bodies at the school's arboretum. Jurors in Dane County on Monday convicted 20-year-old Khari Sanford...

Ex-Wisconsin governor questions hire for UW-Madison leader

May. 18, 2022 11:15 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Former four-term Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson is questioning the hiring of a law school dean from California to run the flagship University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, saying he hoped she does not bring a “California philosophy” with her. Thompson, who...

New UW-Madison leader deflects questions about GOP critics

May. 17, 2022 13:59 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — New University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Jennifer Mnookin on Tuesday deflected questions during her first news conference about GOP critics who have painted her as an unabashed liberal and threatened to restrict funding if regents stand by the decision to hire her. ...

Regents pick UCLA law school dean to lead UW-Madison

May. 16, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The dean of UCLA's law school has been chosen as the next head of the University of Wisconsin's flagship campus in Madison, the university system's regents announced Monday. Jennifer Mnookin was picked to succeed outgoing Chancellor Rebecca Blank, the regents...