For Immediate Release: May 1, 2017
Contact: Rachel Strauch-Nelson, MMSD (608) 663-1903
The UW-Madison and Edgewood College are signing on as anchor partners in the Madison School District’s Personalized Pathways program. They join Madison College as the district’s higher education partners who help to support and inform the effort.
“This new initiative will help Madison high school students discern their academic passions and explore college and career options—goals we wholeheartedly embrace and are excited to be a part of,” says UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank. “It’s critical that our young people be well-prepared for whatever futures they choose. We look forward to deepening our relationships with the school district and our fellow institutions of higher learning to make this effort a success.”
“Partnership and community are two of Edgewood College’s core values,” Dr. Scott Flanagan, President of Edgewood College said. “We are therefore excited to deepen our partnership with Madison schools and our colleagues in higher education in service of building a local community that is stronger for all. This initiative is a promising attempt to help students prepare to connect their talents and interests with the variety of opportunities that await them.”
Madison’s Personalized Pathways program is designed for students to experience a combination of what is working best in Madison schools – close-knit communities, academic goal-setting, challenging and relevant coursework, interdisciplinary projects and exploration of college and career options. Students will learn the skills they need for success after high school in a way that connects their coursework to their personal interests and the world around them. This fall, nearly 500 freshman will enter the district’s first pathway.
“We are so grateful to have both the UW-Madison and Edgewood College as our partners. We believe that personalized pathways will both help more students graduate from high school and better prepare all students for their future,” said Superintendent Jen Cheatham. Having the UW, Edgewood and Madison College as partners in this work will be crucial in making the program successful for all students.”
“There is an indisputable connection between strong communities, economic prosperity and access to higher education,” said Dr. Jack Daniels, Madison College President. “To ensure that our communities will remain strong far into the future, it is essential that we have school systems and support mechanisms in place that prepare ALL students for whatever post-secondary pathway they desire while meeting the ever-growing demand of employers for knowledgeable, skilled workers. Personalized pathways, tailored for individual students, will help them better understand what they want to pursue upon graduation and be better prepared for college-level work. That is why Madison College enthusiastically supports MMSD’s personalized pathway initiative.”