Advantage Wisconsin: Strategic Framework
Strategic Challenge Question:
How can the UW System increase the number of Wisconsin graduates and expand the educational opportunities by extending access and increasing retention and graduation rates?
The Call for Change: Wisconsin ranks 36th in the percent of its population with baccalaureate degrees. This low ranking is worrisome, as states with high percentages of college and university-educated residents have much more rapid income growth. Improving the state's performance will be challenging: Wisconsin’s high school population is forecasted to shrink and groups with traditionally lower college attendance and graduation rates comprise a larger share of traditional college-age youth. Furthermore, Wisconsin has the worst fourth- and eighth-grade reading and math performance in the nation for black youths, and the largest black-white score gap. Helping students become college-ready and college-motivated is an important opportunity to produce more graduates. The Think Tank will explore this and other opportunities to increase the UW System’s graduates in absolute and relative numbers.
- How can the UW System improve overall retention rates?
- How can the UW System increase graduation rates?
- What changes does the university need to make to improve retention and graduation of students of color?
- How can the university increase access and success for the pools of potential students with low college participation today? Think in particular of adult learners and students of color.
- How might distance education become a stronger asset for the system?
- How does the university create greater aspirations for college and stronger belief that college is possible across more demographic groups?
- How does the UW System enable students to move between and among institutions in a way that best meets their needs, improves access, and reduces time to graduation?
- How does the UW System provide more opportunity and flexibility through alternative access to degrees?
- How does the university reduce start-to-graduation time for the average student? What about for part-time, adult, or nonresident students?
- How can the university, working with K-12, ensure a diverse pipeline of graduating high school students who are well-prepared for baccalaureate education?
- How might the university establish system goals using best-in-nation performance indicators?