A local state representative is hoping to draw attention
to the issues facing the U-W System with a meeting
of the minds at U-W-L today.
Representative Jill Billings held a higher education
symposium this afternoon .
which included representatives from U-W-L .
former Board of Regents president Brent Smith .
and U-W System President Ray Cross.
Community members were encouraged to attend the symposium
and Cross says events like this are important for
the System to better communicate how universities
affect their communities.
I think part of the challenge for the university is
to understand how to better interact with the public,
especially given this election and the challenges
we face as a state and the polarization in our society.
The university and in fact the embodiment of the Wisconsin
Idea depends on our ability to interact with the public
and how might we better serve the public.
Cross also says events like today help the U-W System
stress the importance of having local universities
for people who may live in rural areas.