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Marquette University's Office of Public Affairs Newsletter

June 27, 2014


1. Congress addresses multiple higher education issues in recent weeks

In June, Congress concluded hearings regarding higher education topics and released plans to modify existing standards.

U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) and U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) have been charged with overseeing the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Senator Harkin, chair of the Senate education committee, recently shared his plan which recommends restoring year-round eligibility for Pell Grants and providing more flexibility to students using those awards. Senator Harkin's plan also recommends increased consumer protections for student loan borrowers.

Senator Alexander, ranking republican member on the committee, recently unveiled his plan to drastically simplify the federal aid system due to its complexity. Senator Alexander's plan calls for a streamlining of federal student aid programs.

For more information about the Higher Education Act, please see Inside Higher Ed's article, "Fault Lines Surface" from June 25, 2014.

In 2012, the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity, a federal panel that advises the education secretary on accreditation issues, recommended a series of changes
in the higher education accreditation system. The federal panel recently met with six higher education experts and leaders, who recommended a major overhaul of the system.

The panel was asked to comment on any issues that needed to be added, changed, or clarified from the 2012 recommendations. The higher education experts shared that the federal regulation of accreditation is already a significant burden during the accreditation process and recommended that accreditation focus on helping students learn, improving academic and program performance, and promoting innovation.

For more information about the federal panel on accreditation, please see The Chronicle of Higher Education's article, "Federal Panel Hears Call for Major Changes in Accreditation Process" from June 19, 2014.

2. Highlighting our Partnerships

The Office of Public Affairs, on behalf of the university, has the opportunity to work with local organizations which promote and support various groups from the Milwaukee community.

The Aurora Sinai Medical Health Center, located northeast of Marquette University, serves as a community partner to Marquette University and the surrounding community. For example, Aurora Health Care provides clinical services at the Bread of Healing Clinic, a clinic which provides medical care for individuals without health insurance. The clinic is also a Marquette University Service Learning program placement site for students in Spanish for the Health Professions course.

UWM's Center for Economic Development recently assisted Aurora Health Care to release an economic impact report about Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin. This study found that Aurora generates more than 61,000 jobs in Wisconsin, accounting for 6.3% of the employment in Milwaukee County. Additionally, the Aurora Health Care hospitals in Metro Milwaukee provides more than $12 million to benefit the community and more than $146 million in uncompensated care for the community.

As a neighbor and community partner, Aurora Health Care is an asset to the Avenues West neighborhood and to Wisconsin residents.

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:

WisDOT seeks developers for retail, restaurants on new park-and-ride lots - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 15, 2014

UW-Madison receives $25M grant for new engineering institute - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 16, 2014

Bartolotta closes deal for U.S. Bank Center food court, will start renovations this month - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 16, 2014

Westin hotel planned at U.S. Bank center in Milwaukee - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 17, 2014

Irgens starts construction on 833 East with ceremonial demolition - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 18, 2014

Scott Walker, Tom Barrett square off over I-94 traffic plan - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 18, 2014

MATC president Burke leaving for California community college leadership post - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 18, 2014

Upscale amenities, public art envisioned for new Lakefront Gateway parks - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 18, 2014

$7.1 million to support Reed Street Yards development endorsed - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 19, 2014

Six leading downtown arena sites for new Milwaukee Bucks owners - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 20, 2014

Michael Cudahy steps down as Discovery World co-chairman - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 20, 2014

Beer Capitol exec Madrigrano named Visit Milwaukee chairman - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 20, 2014

2014 Water Summit has everyone rethinking water - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 20, 2014

Larsy, Edens seeking Milwaukee Bucks team president 'to help build the franchise' - Milwaukee Business Article, June 23, 2014

Amid questions, Milwaukee Common Council votes to hold proposals on taxis, Uber and Lyft - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 24, 2014

New 3rd Ward-Walker's Point bridge idea revived - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 24, 2014

Discovery World to add freshwater sustainability lab - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 25, 2014

Curbing violence in Milwaukee will "take a village" - Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service, June 25, 2014

'The Cell' to become UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena - Milwaukee Business Journal, June 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.

The following are recent articles regarding higher education issues:

Is the GRE Too Influential? - Inside Higher Ed, June 16, 2014

'Tough Love' for Higher Ed - Inside Higher Ed, June 18, 2014

Gender Gap on Safety - Inside Higher Ed, June 19, 2014

Missing the Expected Impact - Inside Higher Ed, June 20, 2014

Fixing the Fafsa, a Popular Idea, Makes Its Way to Congress - The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 20, 2014

Senate Bill Would Ease Students' Path to Associate Degrees - The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 20, 2014

Obama's Move to Help Students Is Not as Forgiving as Seems - The New York Times, June 23, 2014


Community EVENTS

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

Historic Milwaukee Inc. Walking Tours - Downtown through the Ages
Daily at 10:00 a.m. starting June 8

Milwaukee County Summer Farmers Market

Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Westown Farmers Market
Wednesdays June 4- October 29

Westown River Rhythms
June 11 - August 28

Milwaukee Trolley Loop
June 5 - September 6

Jazz in the Park
June 5 - September 4

Healthy Neighborhood Celebration
July 15

Milwaukee Night Market
July 20

Urban Ecology Center History of Milwaukee by Canoe
July 28

Neighborhood House Summer Day Camp
June 16 - August 22

More Milwaukee events


Avenues West Association

Les Aspin Center for Government

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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