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Marquette University's Office of Public Affairs Newsletter

Feb. 28, 2014


1. NAICU's 9 Myths of Higher Education

The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) recently held its annual meeting at which presentations addressed current issues and trends in higher education, including MOOCs and federal regulation of universities and colleges. More than 400 private, nonprofit college and university leaders gathered in Washington DC for the meeting. For members' thoughts, see tweets and photos from the 2014 Annual meeting from attendees.

NAICU also recently released a special initiative about the 9 Myths of Higher Education. This video presentation and corresponding documented explanation identifies 9 myths of private education and facts that disprove many of the misconceptions of private nonprofit higher education.


2. Highlighting our Partnerships

Marquette University recently joined the International Town-Gown Association (ITGA), an organization that strives to become the primary information reference point for common issues between institutions of higher learning and the communities in which they reside.

Rana Altenburg will serve on a panel with Community Relations colleagues from other Jesuit colleges and universities at the upcoming 2014 ITGA Conference at Clemson University. The panelists have an opportunity to showcase a community relations project or activity  underway at their respective institution. Rana will discuss the Office of Public Affairs' research on the Avenues West Neighborhood and how the data collection is being used to identify raw trends, as well as community needs.

3. News Updates about our Neighborhood

Marquette University is located in the Westown, Avenues West and Menomonee Valley neighborhoods. The Office of Public Affairs has an important role in supporting and promoting the development and improvement of our surrounding community.

The following are recent media updates about our neighborhoods:

Uber Milwaukee up for discussion - The Business Journal, February 18, 2014

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to meet with MMAC CEOs on arena funding - The Business Journal, February 18, 2014

Couture bill passes state Assembly, heads to Senate - The Business Journal, February 20, 2014

City grant for Grand Avenue Boston Store gains approval - The Business Journal, February 20, 2014

Northwestern Mutual tearing down second downtown building - The Business Journal, February 22, 2014

Milwaukee Mayor Barrett unveils new development, neighborhood initiatives in State of the City address - The Business Journal, February 24, 2014

Milwaukee could become a 'Kiva City' - what that means, and who it benefits - The Business Journal, February 24, 2014

BMO Harris Bradley Center to raise ticket fee - The Business Journal, February 25, 2014

Milwaukee could bid for 2016 Democratic National Convention - The Business Journal, February 26, 2014

4. News Updates on Government Relations

The Office of Public Affairs monitors discussions relevant to higher education and the Marquette community within both the Wisconsin State Legislature and United States Congress.

Possibility of a university police department pursued

Marquette University is currently pursuing the authority to enter into an agreement with either the Milwaukee Police Department or the Wisconsin Attorney General to create a Marquette University Police Department. Assuming the bill becomes law, additional steps remain before the university would decide to operate DPS as police department, including opportunities to engage with the broader Marquette community and neighborhood stakeholders and after details are determined, with local law enforcement. For more information, please see the Marquette News Brief.

The Wisconsin Assembly Committee on State Affairs and Government Operations met on February 17 and heard testimony from Marquette regarding the bill. Please see the testimony of Paul Mascari, interim associate director of operations at the Marquette University Department of Public Safety, on video 1 (of 2) at 21:25. Please contact the Office of Public Affairs at 288-7491 for more information.

The following are recent articles regarding higher education issues:

Let the Rule Making Begin - Inside Higher Ed, February 20, 2014

U.S. studies college card regulations - The Wall Street Journal, February 20, 2014

C is for college rating system - Politico, February 21, 2014

Negotiators Wrestle with how to revise rules for PLUS Loans - The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 24, 2014

Standards of Evidence - Inside Higher Ed, February 25, 2014

Dave Camp Editorial: How to Fix our appalling tax code
- The Wall Street Journal, February 25, 2014

St. Norbert receives $7 million to create business school - The Business Journal, February 26, 2014

College Board offers proposals for simplifying student financial aid - The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 26, 2014

Obama launches program for disadvantaged minority youth - The Wall Street Journal, February 27, 2014

Brain drain or bright flight, Milwaukee in middle of the pack in retaining educated workers - The Business Journal, February 27, 2014

The Tax Bill Cometh - Inside Higher Ed, February 27, 2014


Community EVENTS

Menomonee Valley Walking Tours - 1st and 3rd Wednesday per month

Milwaukee County Winter's Farmer Market

Most Saturday's through April 9

Martial Arts with Above the Cloud at the Urban Ecology Center
January 15 - May 28


March 1

Workshop of LGBT Business Certification
March 3

An Introduction to Fly Fishing at the Urban Ecology Center
March 8

Central Wisconsin Happy Hour
March 11

Avenues West Association Luncheon
March 20

Coverage of Government and Elections in the Age of Digital Media
March 26

Prospect Avenue Mansions
March 27

$3 TOURS- Captain Pabst's Birthday
March 28

Fifth Annual Health Care Forum - Infant Mortality in the Milwaukee Community
April 7

9th Annual Red Shawl Gala
April 12

More Milwaukee events


Avenues West Association

Les Aspin Center for Government

Submit your idea about Menomonee Valley Planning 2.0

Milwaukee Police Department District 3 Contact Guide

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Office of Public Affairs

Public Policy Forum

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

WisDOT I-94 Corridor Study

University Policy on Federal Government Lobbying


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