By Chancellor Bernie Patterson
The new year dawns with a milestone for the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: Throughout 2019, we will commemorate our 125th anniversary. Since our founding as a Normal School in 1894 to prepare students for the teaching profession, UW-Stevens Point has had a significant impact on the community and central Wisconsin — and on the 80,000 graduates who completed their degrees here.
But first, a look back at 2018. It was an interesting year of accomplishments and challenges. Here are highlights:
UW Colleges become branch campuses
In the biggest change since the UW System was created in 1971, the UW Board of Regents restructured the 13 UW Colleges into branch campuses of seven four-year institutions. UW-Marathon County and UW-Marshfield/Wood County became branch campuses on July 1, and now are known as UW-Stevens Point at Wausau and UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield. The new names reflect extensive input from various stakeholders in the communities.