UW-Oshkosh Foundation to file for bankruptcy in wake of building scandal

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UW-Oshkosh’s fundraising foundation declared bankruptcy Thursday in the wake of a scandal involving a former chancellor, his chief business officer, and several ambitious real estate ventures they allegedly orchestrated. State taxpayers could be on the hook for millions if a judge finds the UW System liable for the actions of its former employees. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Walker holds Foxconn roundtable in Green Bay

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Gov. Walker was in Green Bay Wednesday to discuss Foxconn and how it would be beneficial for northeast Wisconsin. Members from the Greater Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, area technical colleges, business leaders and representatives from the University of Wisconsin System were in attendance, including UW System President Ray Cross. > Fox 11 WLUK

Sen. Stroebel: UW should cut ‘low-demand’ programs to produce more engineers for Foxconn

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UW System campuses should beef up their engineering programs to train workers for a planned Foxconn facility in southeastern Wisconsin by cutting funding for less popular programs — not by asking the state for more money — State Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) said Monday. > Wisconsin State Journal

UW-Madison looking to score with Foxconn on research initiatives

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UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank had a two-part pitch for Foxconn executives earlier this month: one, the UW could play an important role in training workers for Foxconn’s facility, and two, its status as a research powerhouse in medicine and engineering could boost the company’s ambitions in the field of medical imaging. > Wisconsin State Journal

Public hearing Tuesday against bill that would prevent UW from providing abortion education to doctors

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Sponsors of AB 206 Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) and Rep. André Jacque (R-De Pere).

By preventing the UW from educating resident physicians on how to conduct abortions, Assembly Bill 206 would jeopardize the UW’s accreditation of its OB-GYN training. Details for attending the public hearing Tuesday can be found on Facebook, and background on the bill can be found in this Cap Times article from April.

New Regents president calls for UW to recruit chancellors from private sector

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New UW System Board of Regents President John Behling wants UW institutions to recruit leaders from the private sector. The Friday remarks indicate the Regents under Behling will continue to pursue changes that critics — particularly UW faculty — allege serve the goals of Gov. Walker and the Legislature’s GOP leaders. > Wisconsin State Journal

UW Regents set ‘guidepost’, but no GOP-proposed penalties, for campus free speech

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The UW Board of Regents on Friday unanimously adopted a “guidepost” on free speech protections that does not impose the penalties some GOP lawmakers are demanding for students who disrupt controversial speakers. It remains to be seen whether the move will be enough to stave off lawmaker proposals that prescribe disciplinary action. > Stevens Point Journal