Showcase 2006

Highlights from Showcase 2006

Showcase 2006 featured 37 poster exhibits / technology demonstrations, 11 concurrent breakout sessions, and presentations by Chancellor John D. Wiley; Provost Pat Farrell; Athletic Director Barry Alvarez; Director of the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies Frances Westley, Vice Chancellor for Administration Darrell Bazzell, and Registrar and Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management Joanne Berg. Showcase expanded in 2006 to include a noontime roundtable with a guest speaker, Dr. Don Beck, who has advised world leaders including Nelson Mandela, Tony Blair, U.S. presidents on problem solving.

View the streaming video presentations  

(Note: Captions can be viewed in Windows Media Player by going to the Play menu and selecting Play>Captions and Subtitles>On, if available)

Many thanks to all who attended Showcase 2006, and to all the presenters and supporters who made it possible!


2006 Best Practices

Strategic Planning

  • Strategic Planning: UW-Madison's strategic planning is an invaluable process for identifying strengths and weaknesses, pointing out critical needs, and helping to determine how best to meet those ends. The plan's priorities echo our traditional strengths while point toward critical areas of development that will determine our future success.
  • Campus Master Plan (pdf): UW-Madison is building for the future: erecting new laboratories, academic buildings, and residence halls as part of its biggest construction boom since the 1960s.
Process Improvement

  • Blogs best practices (pdf):  WisBlawg, the UW Law Library blog, offers legal research and Internet news and information with an emphasis on Wisconsin.  They report on new Web research resources and technologies, legal research news, announcements of local workshops and events.
  • Department Chairs Toolkit (pdf):  This website provides useful resources for department chairs including: key campus contacts, a full list of chairs and directors, documents, policies, reports, and recommended readings.
  • Curriculum Review (pdf):   Insuring the curriculum of undergraduate professional programs keeps pace with rapidly changing knowledge in the practice arena demands that faculty devise creative and efficient ways to add new content without sacrificing essential existing content.
  • e-Newsletters (pdf):  An efficient, environmentally-friendly way to distribute information about your department's work, these can keep your constituents informed and engaged through brief, timely updated. They can be relatively easy to produce and very cost-effective.
  • Exemplary Student Experiences (pdf):  The division of Student Academic Affairs was charged with creating a national model of exemplary services.  The proposed model would be generated from a student's perspective and represent the idealized student experience awaiting every L & S student.
  • Graduate Application Process (pdf):   The College of Engineering has developed a Web-based application to manage the workflow involved when people apply to their graduate programs.  This tool is currently used by COE, and is possible to add other colleges/departments.
  • Interdisciplinary Research and Practice (pdf):  The UW Comprehensive Cancer Center is a "matrix" organization, bringing together researchers and clinicians from departments and programs across campus and beyond.  In the preparation for the renewal of the core grant, a matrix diagram was created cross-referencing the Center's nine research programs with over a dozen disease based working groups.
  • Online Employee Earnings Statements (pdf):  With the implementation of the My UW-Madison (MUM) web portal, earning statements for staff became available in an electronic format. This provides improved flexibility and convenience for the individual employee, in that the earnings statements can be viewed and/or printed from any computer with an internet connection, and at any time. 
  • Partnerships (pdf):  Accelerating internationalization across campus, one of the UW-Madison's strategic priorities, through partnerships, collaborations and exchanges.
  • Project Management (pdf):  The use of project management practices can substantially enhance the success of campus projects.  If you are a project manager or a project team member, the project management web site and training opportunities provides tools, templates, and access to experts to expand your project management toolkit.
  • Sustaining Improvement - Student First Year Experience (pdf):  The office of Orientation and New Student Programs is leading a campus wide initiative to enhance the first year experience of new students.  This effort highlights strategies for beginning and sustaining a campus wide improvement initiative.
  • Web Sites - Connecting to the UW Brand (pdf): University Communications offers free downloadable design templates and a Web style guide that cover standards for all official university sites.  The templates offer Web designers the flexibility to both create distinctive sites for their units and connect visually with the University's graphic identity.
  • Web Sites (pdf): Interested in learning how to publish your department, school, or college's Web content without seeking assistance from an outside source?  Online Publishing Portals are helpful, easy to use modules which can be used for creating and managing:  announcements, contact lists, discussion groups, listing documents, calendars, FAQ's feedback, surveys, as well as other Web site content. 
  • Web Surveys - Designing and Creating (pdf):  Learn about available resources to help you plan, design, create, and deliver Web surveys.  The range of possibilities includes departmental surveys, customer feedback, and program evaluation.