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TIP SHEET   Week of Aug. 16, 2004
Current topics of interest in higher education in western Wisconsin

Story Idea
A new collaborative program is allowing teacher education students at UW-Eau Claire and UW-River Falls to earn additional credentials that will increase their career options in education. Through the program, UW-Eau Claire students in the early childhood special education program can earn pre-kindergarten through third grade certification endorsement through UW-River Falls. And UW-River Falls students can earn an early childhood special education license through UW-Eau Claire. Neither school offers both options so sharing resources means students can expand their qualifications in general and special education. Currently 12 UW-Eau Claire students are in the program, which was implemented earlier this year. About 40 UW-River Falls students have requested information about the program, which is an example of state higher education institutions working together to make the best use of the state's resources. Katherine Rhoades, associate dean of UW-Eau Claire's School of Education, can talk with the media about the program. You can reach her at (715) 836-3671 or

Story Idea
UW-Eau Claire's Honors Program will have a record number of students enrolled in it this year, a reflection of the increasingly high-achieving students who are choosing to attend the university. Ninety new freshmen will join the program this fall, bringing the total number of program participants to 379. To qualify for the program, new students must have at least a 28 ACT and be in the top 5 percent of their high school graduating class. Paul Hoff, director of the University Honors Program, is available to talk with you about the program. You can reach Paul Hoff at (715) 836-3621 or

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Updated: August 16, 2004