Education

Veterans
3:15 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Veterans Flocking to Higher Education, But Some Face Obstacles

Army veteran Tom Voss is back at UWM after dropping out of college twice since leaving the military.

A record number of veterans are heading back to school. One incentive has been the Post 9/11 GI Bill. It enhanced education benefits, starting in 2009. They now cover undergraduate tuition and provide veterans with a monthly living allowance and book stipend. To be eligible, a vet must have served on active duty after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and not exhausted prior GI benefits.

No matter what federal or state aid former soldiers have received however, WUWM’s Erin Toner learned that some have found the transition to school difficult and even costly. Local schools are intervening.

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Education
10:59 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Pre-College Programs Tackles Low Literacy to Fill Job Skills Gap

A pre-college program instructor at MATC.
Credit MATC

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley interviews Dean Gloria Pitchford-Nicholas, the head of the School of Pre-college Education at the Milwaukee Area Technical College, and Amanda Ritchey, the director of Mount Mary College's College in the Community.

About 30 million Americans have “below basic” prose literacy skills. That’s according to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy from the National Center for Education Statistics. People in this category might struggle to read the Harry Potter series in English, let alone get advanced job training. Meanwhile, some Wisconsin employers say they can’t fill job openings because applicants lack the necessary abilities.

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Education
8:43 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Group Prepares to Fight Special Needs Vouchers

Newly formed group expects the issue to resurface, and it has, in Gov. Walker's budget.
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On Monday, Gov. Walker released a proposed expansion of the Wisconsin Choice or voucher program, and his plan includes the creation of a school voucher program for students with special needs. A group called Stop Special Needs Vouchers Wisconsin announced Monday that it will to fight the proposal. As WUWM’s LaToya Dennis reports, there are strong opinions on both sides, just as there have been with the state’s flagship voucher or choice program.

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Education
2:44 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Report: Choice Schools Perform at Same Level as MPS

Should we be spending more on publicly-funded voucher school students?
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A new report says Milwaukee's taxpayer-funded voucher school students are similar in exam outcomes and demographic make-up compared with their public school counterparts.

The Milwaukee-based nonpartisan Public Policy Forum's data compares the state's districts with the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program as a whole.

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UWM Today
12:00 am
Thu February 14, 2013

The Alexander Technique and Physical Therapy

Tom Luljak, Luc Vanier and Wendy Huddleston
Credit Jon Strelecki

  On this edition of UWM Today, host Tom Luljak meets two UWM faculty members who are collaborating on a research project that combines neuroimaging and the Alexander technique, a system that dances have used for more than 100 years. Developed in the 1890s, the Alexander technique helps make people aware of energy-wasting physical efforts, even little motions. In theory, improved awareness can help people train their bodies to move more efficiently and effectively.

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Chancellor's Report
12:08 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

How Technology Is Transforming Higher Education

Mike Lovell and Dave Edwards

Technology, especially in the form of massive open online courses (MOOCS), is transforming higher education. Chancellor Michael Lovell explains how UW-Milwaukee is responding. Lovell also discusses stabilizing UWM's enrollment, the upcoming state budget and the future of athletics.

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UWM Today
12:00 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Training Child Welfare Social Workers with the Help of Actors

Tom Luljak and Julie Brown
Credit Jon Strelecki

The Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership for Professional Development (MCWPPD) in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare has embarked on a unique program that uses actors to help train child welfare social workers. Julie Brown, director of MCWPPD, talks about the Partnership and the program with In Tandem Theatre company.

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UWM Today
12:00 am
Thu January 17, 2013

The Student Startup Challenge

Tom Luljak, Ilya Avdeev & Jesse Depinto
Credit Jon Strelecki

  Host Tom Luljak talks with engineering Assistant Professor Ilya Avdeev and UWM student Jesse Depinto about the Student Startup Challenge. This program offers financial support to student teams with great product ideas. The Challenge will allow some students to graduate from UWM with both a degree and their own business.

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UWM Today
12:00 am
Thu January 17, 2013

The Student Startup Challenge

Tom Luljak, Ilya Avdeev & Jesse Depinto
Credit Jon Strelecki

  Host Tom Luljak talks with engineering Assistant Professor Ilya Avdeev and UWM student Jesse Depinto about the Student Startup Challenge. This program offers financial support to student teams with great product ideas. The Challenge will allow some students to graduate from UWM with both a degree and their own business.

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UWM Today
12:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

How Parents and College Students Communicate

om Luljak, Emily Cramer and Ed Mabr
Credit Jon Strelecki

  Thanks to iPhones, iPads and a host of other new technology, there has never been a time when so many tools have been available to help people stay in touch. But just because the technology is available, does not necessarily mean that families are necessarily using it.

On this edition of UWM Today, find out about the ways parents and their college students communicate and how technology fits in the picture. Host Tom Luljak talks with Associate Professor of Communications Ed Mabry and Doctoral Student in Communications Emily Cramer.

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