Schultz and Tranel participate in roundtable discussion at UW-Platteville

August 20, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — State Sen. Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) and State Rep. Travis Tranel (R-Cuba City) joined University of Wisconsin-Platteville Chancellor Dennis J. Shields and College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture officials for a roundtable discussion on campus on Aug. 19.

The focus of the meeting, which touched on a variety of issues, was to give the legislators a current overview of the happenings of the university as well as the College of BILSA.

“We are not going to grow this state unless we have an educated workforce and a dedicated group of lifelong learners here in Wisconsin,” said Schultz. “This faculty understands what it has to do to be accountable from a data standpoint and what they have to do to remain flexible to meet the needs of workers. We saw that again and again today. What we have to do is pay attention to the problems that get in their way and do what we can at the state level to remove a lot of those blockages or work our way through them.”

“We all have the same goals,” said Tranel. “We want to see students succeed, and what I learned today is that we need to better communicate that. They have the same priorities we do. We want to save money and give students the best education we can for an appropriate dollar amount; working together with a good working relationship we can achieve that.”

The visit by Schultz and Tranel comes on the heels of a visit on Aug. 14 by U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who toured Engineering Hall and spoke with university faculty and staff about higher education issues.

“To see our state and federal legislators take a keen interest in the people and operations of the university allows us another opportunity to highlight how we have been good stewards of taxpayer funds and what we have to offer our students,” said Chancellor Shields. “This dialogue was a positive experience as we move forward.”

Written by: Dan Wackershauser, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, wackersd@uwplatt.edu

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