Regents’ Visit Needs Information, Involvement

Faculty, staff and students have been busily preparing for The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents annual visit to campus Oct. 9 and 10.

The 18 members of the board, two of whom are UW students, provide general guidelines for the UW system. They approve the chancellor of each university, along with the dean of every college and are also responsible for creating system policies and approving budgets.

In addition, the board affects faculty, staff and students as they decide which degrees are offered at each university. For example, there is not an approved journalism major at UW-Stevens Point, so students who study journalism graduate with a degree in communication. Technically, these students are on the journalism track of the communication major with a media studies emphasis.

During the board’s visit, committee meetings will be held to discuss future issues at UWSP. I hope to attend some of these meetings and encourage all on campus to as well as a civic service to the university and to the community.

While I hoped to provide detailed information about these sessions and the topics to be discussed, I was unable to gather any. I contacted multiple offices and involved students and staff at UWSP and have had no response from any.

The visit is less than a week away and preparation on campus is evident. Because the board is at UWSP so soon, I am disappointed that very few on campus are informed. I expected to have many conversations with both students and administrators about what to expect during the board’s time here and am upset to know that such  important meetings are not being spoken of so freely around campus.

However, we all, as a responsibility to our university, need to make board members feel welcome and express our interest in the future of our campus. We at The Pointer will keep you informed of the conversations had during this visit and will provide insight to the issues being discussed.

Grace Ebert

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