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MIU final round awards announced

April 12, 2011

The Madison Initiative for Undergraduates (MIU) has granted $4 million dollars to 19 projects to complete its third and final round of funding round. Read the complete story.

In the final round, funding for faculty lines will be provided to the following proposals. Click to view the full PDF.

Funded for student service and academic support projects include:

Interested members of the public may also email Sheila Voss at svoss@provost.wisc.edu to receive access to the Madison Initiative MyWebspace page.

MIU featured as ‘Madison Minute’

November 22, 2010

Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning Aaron Brower discusses the early success of MIU as part of a Madison Minute, which aired ahead of the UW-Michigan football game on Saturday, November 20. The spot aired on radio stations across the state. Listen to the spot. (MP3 audio file.)

MIU Round 3 guidelines finalized

September 13, 2010

Download a memo from Provost Paul M. DeLuca Jr. outlining final guidelines for the third round of funding decisions for the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates (Round 3 of the MIU). UW-Madison has approximately $3.8M to allocate in Round 3, completing the allocation of MIU funds. Proposals must be submitted to the Provost’s Office by Nov. 29.

Download the full document (PDF)

Draft Round 3 guidelines now available

June 25, 2010

Download a memo from Provost Paul M. DeLuca Jr. outlining draft guidelines for the third round of funding decisions for the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates (Round 3 of the MIU). UW-Madison has approximately $3.8M to allocate in Round 3, completing the allocation of MIU funds. A final version of the Call for Proposals should be available by late summer.

Click to download the full document (Word).

Chancellor announces final second-round awards

May 3, 2010

Chancellor Biddy Martin has accepted 15 additional projects to complete the second round of funding for the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates.

“I’d like to thank all the members of the community who developed proposals in the first two rounds,” says Martin. “We saw a range of impressive ideas aimed not only at enhancing, but, in some cases, transforming aspects of undergraduate education and the student experience on campus. I regret the fact that we are unable to approve even more proposals.”

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Chancellor announces second round of Madison Initiative awards

March 24, 2010

Chancellor Biddy Martin has identified seven projects — ranging from enhanced advising services to better services for students with special needs — to be the first to receive funding in the second round of the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates program.

Martin has also set aside funding for the development of a comprehensive plan to improve advising across campus.

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All MIU meetings open to the public, media

February 2, 2010

In the spirit of transparency and openness in which MIU was created, the Wednesday, Feb. 3 meeting (9 a.m. in 260 Bascom) and all other meetings of the Oversight Committee will be noticed and open. The committee will be considered to be a governmental body for the purposes of the open meetings law and open to all media and the public.

Madison Initiative accepts 114 second-round proposals

December 1, 2009

The Madison Initiative for Undergraduates (MIU) has accepted 114 proposals for review for its second-round deadline on Nov. 23.

Members of the Madison Initiative oversight committee and the student oversight board will begin reviewing proposals until the end of winter break and then make recommendations to Chancellor Biddy Martin and Provost Paul DeLuca. Decisions for this second stage are expected in early spring.

“We’re pleased with both the number and quality of the proposals that we’ve received,” says Aaron Brower, vice provost for teaching and learning. “We want all deans and department chairs to know that we won’t be able to fund every worthy effort, and hope that many can be resubmitted in future rounds.”

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MIU open discussion scheduled for Nov. 16

November 11, 2009

The Student Oversight Board for Madison Initiative is hosting an open discussion session for those developing MIU Proposals for the November deadline. The session will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, in the Student Activity Center, 333 East Campus Mall, 4th floor.

According to ASM Chair and Student Oversight Committee member Tyler Junger, the session is designed to give proposal authors an opportunity to speak directly to students involved in making recommendations. Read more »

Chancellor announces first Madison Initiative awards

November 6, 2009

University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin and the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates Oversight Committee have identified eight proposals, ranging from an electronic system designed to capture notes of student meetings with advisers to College of Letters & Science faculty lines, to become the first recipients of funding from the innovative program.

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October 1 MIU Proposals Ready for Review

October 15, 2009

The Madison Initiative for Undergraduates has accepted 29 proposals for review for its Oct. 1, 2009 deadline. The proposals are divided into two categories: 19 proposals primarily focused on student services, or other enhancements, and 8 proposals requesting faculty lines. Two proposals were returned to the authors for further development.

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ASM hosting Madison Initiative forum

September 25, 2009

The Associated Students of Madison (ASM), in partnership with the Offices of the Dean of Students, will host a town hall forum on Monday, Sept. 28 at 4:30 p.m. in the fourth floor hearing room of the Student Activity Center, 333 East Campus Mall, to discuss proposals for the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates (MIU).

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Wisconsin Week: Proposals sought for MIU funds

September 10, 2009

Chancellor Biddy Martin and Provost Paul DeLuca have issued a request for proposals for the use of funds that will be generated by the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates (MIU).  Read the full story.

Madison Initiative Proposal Guidelines

September 4, 2009

On Sept. 2, Chancellor Biddy Martin and Provost Paul M. DeLuca, Jr. sent a follow-up to the call for proposals for the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates. The memo is intended to provide further detail regarding the proposal submission process. Read the full memo (PDF).

Madison Initiative Request for Proposals

September 4, 2009

On July 31, Chancellor Biddy Martin and Provost Paul M. DeLuca, Jr. issued a request for proposals to deans and administrative heads for proposals that could be funded by the Madison Initiative. Read the full letter (PDF).

Madison Initiative Oversight Committee Roster

September 4, 2009

The Madison Initiative Oversight Committee has been established, including a diverse group of students, faculty and staff from many different parts of the university. View the committee’s membership (PDF).

Chancellor Martin statement on the passage of the Madison Initiative

May 8, 2009

Chancellor Biddy Martin released the following statement on today’s University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents’ vote to adopt the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates:

“I want to thank President Reilly and the Board of Regents for the vision and commitment they have shown in embracing a plan that will improve the quality of the undergraduate experience at UW-Madison while boosting need-based financial aid for our students. The most recent news about the state’s budget makes it even more important that we build need-based aid and ensure quality.”

Read the full statement.

Madison Initiative passes initial hurdle

May 7, 2009

From JSOnline.com: The Madison Initiative for Undergraduates passed the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents business and finance committee on Thursday with one abstention from Regent Michael Falbo.

The resolution supporting the tuition surcharge at UW-Madison included an amendment that stated clearly that student families making an adjusted gross income of $80,000 or less who reflect financial need will be held harmless from the differential increase. Read the full post.

The Board of Regents’ Madison Initiative for Undergraduates proposal

May 6, 2009

Download a PDF version of the The Board of Regents’ Madison Initiative for Undergraduates proposal.

ASM endorses Martin’s new tuition initiative

April 23, 2009

From the Daily Cardinal: The Associated Students of Madison voted to fully endorse the Wisconsin Initiative for Undergraduates Wednesday despite uncertainties about student support.The initiative, drafted by Chancellor Biddy Martin, would raise tuition to increase financial aid and academic support. According to Martin, the initiative would help UW-Madison remain competitive with other Big Ten schools. It will go before the Board of Regents May 7-8. Read the full story.

Biddy Martin statement on ASM endorsement of Madison Initiative

April 22, 2009

“Over the past month, our remarkable students, faculty, staff, alumni and parents, have engaged in a lively discussion of the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates. Together, we have had wide-ranging and productive exchanges about the quality of the institution, access to courses and need-based financial aid, the future of student services and ways to create a new partnership between our students and donors.

Tonight, I am deeply grateful for the full support of the Associated Students of Madison (ASM) Student Council. We have worked collaboratively to enhance the proposal, ensuring student participation in the process as well as in the oversight of the initiative.” Read the full statement.

Colleges Ask Donors to Help Meet Demand for Aid

April 15, 2009

From the New York Times: Faced with one of the most challenging fund-raising environments anyone can remember, colleges and universities are appealing to donors to help meet the swelling demand for financial aid.

Using such demand “as a fund-raising tool totally makes sense in this environment,” said Richard J. Krasney, a wealth manager and philanthropy adviser. “More than ever, people want to know that their money is being used to address current needs.” Read the full story.

Martin advances Madison Initiative

April 14, 2009

From the Badger Herald: About 40 student leaders and administrators met with Chancellor Biddy Martin Monday to clarify and introduce advancements to the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates.

In an effort to include the student voice to the greatest extent, the chancellor received an extension for when the final date the plan must be submitted to the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents. Read the full story.

John & Tashia Morgridge: Martin’s plan worthy of your support

April 13, 2009

From the Badger Herald: You and I have been privileged to attend one of the top 25 teaching and research universities in the world. We are the beneficiaries of the people of the state of Wisconsin and of the ongoing support of our federal government. The people of Wisconsin recognize the role the university plays in educating the workforce of the state, in fostering the arts, in making breakthrough discoveries that improve our health and well-being and in broadening the opportunities for the citizens of Wisconsin. The federal government has consistently recognized the quality of the university by granting more research dollars to UW-Madison than to almost any other university in the country. Read the full letter.

ASM passes partial endorsement of chancellor’s new initiative

April 9, 2009

From the Daily Cardinal: The Associated Students of Madison partially endorsed the Wisconsin Initiative for Undergraduates Wednesday and resolved to create a shared governance committee to oversee the allocation of the funds if the initiative passes.

The Associated Students of Madison partially endorsed the Wisconsin Initiative for Undergraduates Wednesday and resolved to create a shared governance committee to oversee the allocation of the funds if the initiative passes. Read the full story.

ASM partially supports chancellor’s tuition hike

April 9, 2009

From the Badger Herald: The Associated Students of Madison’s Student Council voted Wednesday to partially endorse Chancellor Biddy Martin’s budget initiative to raise student tuition Wednesday.

The council decided on only a partial endorsement for the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates in an effort to ensure all students, as well as council members, fully understand the proposal before taking a permanent stance. Read the full story.

Staff to hold office hours to answer questions

March 31, 2009

To help answer questions one-on-one, UW-Madison staff will hold office hours on the third floor of the Student Activity Center, 333 East Campus Mall, from 2-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, March 30-April 2. (Follow signs from the third-floor elevator lobby.)

The Offices of the Dean of Students and the Office of Student Financial Aid will staff the office hours. Students can receive individual financial aid information and general information about the new proposal. They can also give feedback that will be relayed to the chancellor.

Press release: Madison Initiative for Undergraduates promises quality, affordability

March 25, 2009

The Madison Initiative for Undergraduates, a major effort to preserve the quality of a University of Wisconsin-Madison education and improve its affordability, was announced today (March 25) by Chancellor Biddy Martin.

The initiative proposes a supplemental tuition charge to improve the quality and long-term value of an undergraduate education while ensuring that affordability will no longer be a significant barrier to getting a UW-Madison degree.

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Campus forums set

March 24, 2009

The campus will hold a number of forums and meetings with students and other members of our community to discuss the proposal, answer questions and seek feedback.

Monday, March 30, 2009

4 p.m.

Gordon Commons

This forum will be facilitated by student leaders from ASM and will put a special emphasis on the student services aspect of the plan.

Past forum:

Thursday, March 26, 6:30 p.m.