Are we fulfilling the Wisconsin Idea?
One of the reasons I — and I am sure some of my peers — chose UW as a primetime undergraduate destination was due to the university’s commitment to the impacts of education outside of the classroom, lab, and discussion section. Our thriving student org population, rapidly evolving city surrounding campus, and seemingly never-ending opportunities to do research or join unique projects was more than enough to pull my bright-eyed-and-bushy-tailed freshman self to Madison.

These attributes are a partial reflection of the ‘Wisconsin Idea,’ a valued principle among the UW system that has been in existence since initially introduced by our school’s then-president, Charles Van Hise, in 1905.

“I shall never be content until the beneficent influence of the University reaches every family of the state.”  This statement led to a greater relationship between UW and state government, and eventually a slew of initiatives, research and development, and statewide projects orchestrated by Badger students and faculty. ...

“I shall never be content until the beneficent influence of the University reaches every family of the state.”

UW President Charles Van Hise in 1905

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Ken Notes: We are close. I have a very special radio show coming up on this topic March 14th, watch for details. I especially like the work of WARF, the Nelson Institute, URP, Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, and the UW Division of Extension. I should add that I am not a huge fan of the UW Extension name change but the work they do is great...



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