The value of higher education in our region has never been more critical – for talent development, entrepreneurship and the economy. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone will share how Wisconsin’s only public, urban, top-tier research university has taken a leading role in regional talent partnerships and addressing societal needs in the state and further afield. Through strategic re-invention and research, UW-Milwaukee is redefining itself and the region through “Big Projects” like the Connected Systems Institute, Lubar Entrepreneurship Center, Freshwater University, and M3 with Milwaukee Public Schools and Milwaukee Area Technical College to close the achievement gap. These powerful partnerships harness the collective vitalities of academia, business, our communities and government to create essential change.
Higher education faces increasingly strong headwinds, threatening to bring educational progress to a halt unless innovative responses to 21st century challenges are quickly developed and implemented. Marquette University President Michael R. Lovell will discuss how Wisconsin’s largest private university is creating innovative responses to those headwinds with a new focus on academics and research, the student experience, and community building. These approaches involve Marquette creating new academic programs that match the needs of Southeastern Wisconsin organizations, devoting renewed attention on students’ health and well-being, and working with community partners to create a stronger, more vibrant Near West Side.