The Education Committee of the UW System Board of Regents gave unanimous approval to a new public health degree at UWM and degrees at other system universities. These are:
- MS in Athletic Training at UW-La Crosse
- BS in Public Health at UW-Milwaukee’s Zilber School of Public Health
- MBA in Applied Leadership & Decision Making at UW-Stevens Point
- Flexible Option BS in Business Administration at UW-Parkside.
The full Board of Regents will vote on final approval for the degrees on Friday.
Related to the restructuring of two-year and four-year UW System universities, the committee approved the establishment of two new academic entities: the College of General Studies at UW-Milwaukee and College of Integrated Studies at UW-Whitewater.
Also related to the restructuring, education committee members approved the UW Colleges Tenure Transfer Report that “memorializes” and transfers tenure to new system institutions for 495 UW college faculty.
Members discussed the Education Committee’s task force on an outcome-based funding model for UW System. The task force presented the model to the state Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee on Feb. 18. The finance committee approved the model, allocating $26.2 million in performance-based funding to UW institutions. Under the new model, some of each university’s funding will be based on how well it does on various metrics of performance.
Final items of housekeeping included passage of three new regent policies jointly recommended by regents staff and the UW System’s legal team; acknowledgement of a $10 million gift from Vilas Fund trustees to UW-Madison and Vilas’ request for additional proposals; and two appointments to the Natural Areas Preservation Council.