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The price is right

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Once upon a time, students could make enough money to cover the entire cost of going to college by working during their breaks. These days, that sounds like a fairy tale. The price tag for attending college has increased dramatically nationwide, and that trend includes the UW. Yet students and parents continue to find ways to pay because they believe that a four-year degree is worth the expense. In its winter issue, On Wisconsin explored why college tuition keeps going up, and whether it's worth the price. Studies — and graduates — say yes.

Top Stories

UW students take less debt than national average

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A new report from the Office of Student Financial Aid shows that the percentage of undergraduates at UW-Madison who use student loans and the amount they borrow rose slightly from last year but remain below national averages.  

Free community college plan familiar to UW professor

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President Barack Obama unveiled a new proposal last week to provide two years of free community college tuition. That's a plan familiar to UW-Madison Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab, who recently spent time in Washington, D.C., discussing how to make college affordable for all Americans.

Around Campus

Award-winning Soloway cites UW inspiration

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UW alumna Jill Soloway's “Transparent,” which focuses on the life of a transgender parent and her family, won the Golden Globe for best TV comedy series Sunday. In an interview we first ran last year, Soloway credited UW-Madison for inspiring her to make “art that matters.”

Handful of foxes sighted on campus recently

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In December, CALS noted a decline in foxes on campus due to the hardships of an urban environment. But there's reason for hope: a handful of recent sightings. David Schwartz, department administrator for life sciences communication, spotted two foxes around the Microbial Sciences Building on Jan 2.  

UW helps former student-athletes earn degrees

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When former student-athletes return to campus to finish what they started — their degree — the UW lends an encouraging hand. "Wisconsin stands out,” says former Badger football player LaMar Campbell, who graduated in December after interrupting his studies to play in the NFL.  

Outside UW

UW team helps build Ojibwe Winter Lodge

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This fall, a team of UW faculty and staff helped build the Ojibwe Winter Lodge in Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin — the first traditional winter lodge in the area in over two centuries. The lodge, with moss-insulated walls and a radiant heat floor made of large river rocks, will be used for overnight stays.

Buzz

New lab to bring educational games to K-12 classrooms

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Partnering with the Department of Public Instruction, a group of UW experts will start teaming up with K-12 teachers and students throughout Wisconsin to develop educational apps and games. The Field Day Lab will seek to create tools that boost engagement and have measurable learning outcomes.    

In the Media

Cybersecurity lab to open in UW Research Park

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The Wisconsin State Journal reports on a new lab at University Research Park that's designed to host classified cybersecurity research. Construction is complete, but no timetable has been set for its opening. Last year, the state Legislature approved the use of classified research at UW System labs.

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What are you looking at?

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