The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay made exceptional strides in 2006 toward achieving a number of the institution’s most urgent priorities. Among them:
• Received preliminary approval for Northeastern Wisconsin’s Growth Agenda for UW-Green Bay, a plan to increase state-supported enrollment by nearly 50 percent, to 7,500 students, to more fully meet the needs of a growing and dynamic region.
• Launched Phase II of the University’s $25 million Campaign for UW-Green Bay with an emphasis on academic-side enhancements.
• Broke ground and moved toward realization of two critical student-life facilities in the $33 million Kress Events Center and the $6 million expansion and remodeling of the University Union.
• Recommitted to long-held institutional values on environmental awareness with a Sustainability Initiative, and finished a long-awaited update of the campus Master Plan.
• Continued to achieve success with initiatives related to more seamless transfer opportunities for the region’s many technical-school graduates; pre-college programs for the community’s increasingly diverse school-age population; programs in international education; and service to UW-Green Bay’s own students and the larger community through “Connecting learning to life.”
Challenges along the way during 2006 were many. The “perfect storm” of state budget reductions resulted in cuts to core responsibilities. A repositioning of the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts was needed to return the center to a position of financial stability. National and regional media scrutiny accompanied administrative decisions on far-flung issues including a deer hunt in the Arboretum and a politically charged art exhibit in the Lawton Gallery.
Through it all, members of the UW-Green Bay campus community — students, faculty and staff — worked with each other and with partners from beyond the campus borders to live up to the University’s call to action: “Connecting learning to life.”
This report to stakeholders includes a detailed summary of the most significant achievements of Green Bay’s University of Wisconsin during 2006. Many of these successes can be attributed to extraordinary efforts of individuals and programs as well as collaboration with community partners.
for this report
This summary of institutional highlights for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay primarily covers calendar year 2006. Also listed are selected events and activities from fall 2005 (the first semester of the 2005-06 academic year) and a handful of updates, where warranted, from the early months of the 2007 calendar year.
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