On Wisconsin

On Wisconsin is published four times a year for alumni and friends of the University of Wisconsin-Madison by the Wisconsin Alumni Association, in partnership with University Communications and the University of Wisconsin Foundation. One of the largest circulation alumni magazines in the country, each issue is mailed to some 331,000 homes.

Through this unique partnership, the University of Wisconsin Foundation provides generous funding for the magazine, and editors, writers, graphic designers, photographers, and production assistants at University Communications and the Wisconsin Alumni Association produce the editorial content.

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It Was a Very Good Year

In 1964, the university was marked by rising interest in civil rights, a legendary live music scene, and such a large incoming class that officials considered banning student cars and bicycles and building a campus subway or monorail.

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Are the Kids Really All Right?

As the cost of college education rises, so does the need for financial literacy. UW administrators and researchers are trying to find the best ways to educate students and parents about debt, value, and planning for the future.

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The Price Is Right

Who sets tuition, and what does it cover, anyway? We look at the bottom line of attending college, steps to keep it affordable, and the reasons why it's well worth the investment.

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Packing Up a War

The Wisconsin National Guard, with Badgers among its members, is dismantling the massive amount of stuff that supported military efforts in Afghanistan. And a UW professor is playing a key role in bringing it home.

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Can This Democracy Be Saved?

As our nation faces a great political divide, UW experts and alumni explore the current state of democracy, our voting system, the enormous power and potential of social media, and the hopeful voices of the next generation.

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Fulsome Prison Blues

As a student, UW sociology professor Alice Goffman spent six years immersed in a poor Philadelphia neighborhood. What she learned shaped her understanding of urban policy and inspired a break-out book.

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Behind the Screens

What does it take to produce one of those courses with the funny name? We look at the intense planning, the in-the-field work, and the post-production effort required to create a MOOC.

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