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00:00:00 - Name Check and Interview Introduction

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Partial Transcript: JJS: Okay... LEH: Um, alright so can you say your full name and spell out your last name?

Segment Synopsis: Name Check and Interview Introduction

00:00:27 - Interviewee Background and Career Discussion

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Partial Transcript: LEH: Alright um, so why don't we sort of start with like the basics. So um, what sort of brought you to UW Colleges

Segment Synopsis: Discusses career at UW Sheboygan, movement to Regional Dean under regionalization, and current career. Talks about importance of relationships with county and community involvement to jobs at UW Colleges. Goes into discussion of courses and student interests, and engineering courses in Sheboygan. Relates engineering courses to economic development and local company workforces in the college communities.

Keywords: UW Colleges; UW Sheboygan; UW Washington County; UW Waukesha; academic affairs; academic programs; community relations; county relations; economic development; regionalization; restructuring

00:07:16 - Restructuring, Community/Academic Relationships, and Programming

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Partial Transcript: LEH: Through restructuring, how did some of that stuff either change, did it stay the same, um yeah.

Segment Synopsis: Discusses need for administrators to understand communities and individual needs, using collaborative programs as an example. Talks about short term loss of local relationships and programming for students at Platteville. Talks about opportunities for collaborations between two years and four year schools. Discusses finding what communities want v.s. need, and bringing those to two year campuses. Talks about community college structures, workforce needs, and how they interact with community needs.

Keywords: UW Colleges; UW Platteville; academic programs; branch campus; community relations; enrollment; facilities; receiving campus; restructuring

00:15:39 - Communication of Restructuring Process to Students and Communities

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Partial Transcript: LEH: When restructuring was happening, you also made a comment about entering students, the opportunities changing

Segment Synopsis: Talks about involvement of the UW communications and the system office, and systematic response. Goes into discussion of community members and local relationships with the colleges - positives of four years combined with unknowns about programs and foundations. Then goes into student confusion, advising, and enrollment downturn. Discussion then turns to sources of information, and faculty confusion over issues such as tenure.

Keywords: UW Colleges; UW System; communication; restructuring; student affairs

00:21:50 - Impact of Regionalization on former UW Colleges

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Partial Transcript: LEH: Yeah, yeah, I can see where doing those types of things would be important

Segment Synopsis: Notes that regionalization occurred two years earlier, leading to loss of employment for 62 employees and competition for jobs. Discusses low morale and how structure at the UW College system changed as a result, and that many faculty and staff members had previously gone through regionalization. Discusses difficulty with communication in "networks" of college employees.

Keywords: UW Colleges; communication; faculty; organizational structure; regionalization; restructuring; staff; staff culture

00:26:05 - Initial Restructuring Process and Announcement

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Partial Transcript: LEH: So I think that kind of goes into this question I guess about what kind of conversations you were having with your co-workers

Segment Synopsis: Talks about long period of time that regionalization took, and high awareness of the processes surrounding it. Discusses lack of knowledge of restructuring among staff members, and differences between the regionalization and restructuring. Talks about long discussion of issues and emotions with regionalization, versus pre-planned nature of restructuring.

Keywords: UW Colleges; communication; consultants; project management; regionalization; restructuring; steering committee

00:31:44 - Distinctions between Regionalization and Restructuring, and Atmosphere Surrounding Restructuring

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Partial Transcript: LEH: Yeah. Um, can you expand on that, is it just because the regionalization, yeah.

Segment Synopsis: Talks about differences between regionalization and restructuring, and faculty and chancellor response to restructuring. Clarifies that she believes that there was a higher level of transparency in the regionalization effort, and relates this to community engagement and the differences between to two processes at the planning stage. Discusses functional teams in planning phase, and level of engagement from the Colleges being at high leadership levels and not at the "grassroots" level among UW Colleges staff.

Keywords: UW Colleges; branch campus mission; community relations; faculty; project management; steering committee

00:40:58 - Faculty/Staff, the former UW Colleges Mission, and Changes in Programming

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Partial Transcript: LEH: Yeah, yeah, I mean do you think that some of those grassroots people, I mean, did you hear anything from those people

Segment Synopsis: Discusses movement of staff to receiving institutions, and differences between how employees function in "Phase 2" of restructuring where those employees have moved to the receiving institution. Talks about accreditation and movement of programs to receiving institutions. Talks about opportunity for growth and potential to offer different associate's degrees based on the needs of the community. Discusses more specific associate's degrees as a "pathway" to more courses in the same area/a four year program in that area.

Keywords: UW Colleges; academic affairs; academic programs; branch campus; branch campus mission; community relations; faculty; higher learning commission; mission; receiving institution; staff; staff culture; student affairs

00:49:13 - Discussion of former UW Colleges Campuses and Campus Structure

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Partial Transcript: LEH: Um, so how do you think that um, you talked about this with engineering, I'm sort of curious to how it translates into other areas

Segment Synopsis: Discusses similarities across UW Colleges in the structure of academic affairs departments, but were different in that some communities had different priorities. Goes in to individual examples, such as diversity at UW Waukesha, and differences in things like orientation. Notes that community was important for less central functions, such as continuing education.

Keywords: UW Colleges; UW Waukesha; academic programs; branch campus mission; mission; regionalization; restructuring; staff; staff culture; student affairs

00:55:10 - Discussion of Continuing Education

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Partial Transcript: LEH: So in terms of continuing education, um, what do you think that continuing education has changed at all

Segment Synopsis: Discusses movement of continuing education to four year institutions, and availability of more resources and expertise. Moves into discussion of online resources and vendors.

Keywords: UW Colleges; branch campus mission; continuing education; mission; organizational structure

00:59:18 - Communication During and After Restructuring

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Partial Transcript: LEH: So do you think that there are um, is there like anything else that you think should be a consideration

Segment Synopsis: Talks about importance of communication within institutions, and difficulties of communication between branch campuses and four year institutions. Discusses new environment and need for new relationships for staff to develop, and loyalty/high work ethic of employees during the transition.

Keywords: UW Colleges; UW System; communication; restructuring; staff; staff culture

01:04:48 - Final Thoughts

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Partial Transcript: LEH: Stop, as well. So, do you um, think there is anyone else we should interview for this project?

Segment Synopsis: Discussion of other people to interview for project and end of interview.

Keywords: interview

01:10:38 - End of Interview