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00:00:00 - Name Check and Interview Introduction

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Partial Transcript: LEH: Uh, turn on the recorder here... Alright, could you say your name and spell out your last name?

Segment Synopsis: Name Check and Interview Introduction.

00:00:15 - Interviewee Background and Career Information

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Partial Transcript: LEH: Yeah so why don't we start with just sort of.. the basics. What brought you to the former UW Colleges and um how long did you hold your former position in the UW Colleges?

Segment Synopsis: Discusses career as Chemistry Professor, Campus Dean at Fox Valley, and Regional Executive Officer. Discusses functions and departments overseen in his position as Dean at Fox Valley, budget reductions, and regionalization. Moves into discussion of job losses, and leadership structure as Regional Executive Dean. Talks about changes in campus services and use of remote services after regionalization, and challenges of regionalization.

Keywords: UW Colleges; UW Fond du Lac; UW Fox Valley; UW Manitowoc; UW Marathon County; regionalization; restructuring

00:09:55 - UW Colleges Campus Culture and Staff Culture

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Partial Transcript: MR: Been used to being very autonomous with each other and in some ways competitive with each other

Segment Synopsis: Discusses changes in competitive nature of UW Colleges, and internal leadership structures after regionalization. Talks about individual nature of UW College campuses, enthusiasm among Deans to promote individual campus successes, as well as uncertainty and differences in resources between the different campuses.

Keywords: UW Colleges; budget; organizational structure; regionalization; staff culture

00:13:53 - Impact of Regionalization

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Partial Transcript: LEH: Could you expand on sort of that idea of promoting success but there's also uncertainty

Segment Synopsis: Discusses initial discussion of regionalization, movement of employees, and difficulties of job loss. Talks about difficulties of logistics and providing community connections in role as Regional Executive Director. Talks about leadership and working with fewer resources after regionalization.

Keywords: UW Colleges; community relations; regionalization; reorganization; staff; staff culture

00:19:14 - Regionalization, Ensuing Restructuring, and Job Loss

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Partial Transcript: LEH: Yeah... yeah so do you think that that is sort like what helped keep people with the UW Colleges in that period of time. Like what were your coworkers, what was the reaction of some of your coworkers?

Segment Synopsis: Discusses movement and work surrounding regionalization, and change resulting from restructuring. Moves into discussion of job movement during regionalization, movement towards centralization of services such as IT, and loss of campus services.

Keywords: UW Colleges; UW System; branch campus mission; budget; faculty; regionalization; restructuring; staff; staff culture

00:24:34 - Regionalization and Academic Affairs

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Partial Transcript: LEH: Yeah, definitely. Do you think this was something, some of these issues were something students noticed in some of these areas?

Segment Synopsis: Discusses preservation of academic structures for students during regionalization, and expansion of course offerings. Talks about declines in enrollment, student and regionalization.

Keywords: UW Colleges; academic affairs; communication; financial affairs; regionalization; staff; student affairs

00:29:41 - Regionalization, Enrollment, and Financial Issues in Academic Affairs

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Partial Transcript: LEH: Yeah, could you sort of expand on that, the stabilization?

Segment Synopsis: Discusses management of colleges in former UW Colleges Northeast Region (Fox Valley, Fond du Lac, and Manitowoc), and relationships between the colleges and high schools. Discusses economy and declining enrollment, curriculum, and science building at Manitowoc. Discusses movement of staff between four year institutions, and decision to move with leadership team to Oshkosh.

Keywords: UW Colleges; UW Fond du Lac; UW Fox Valley; UW Manitowoc; county relations; enrollment; financial affairs; organizational structure; staff

00:36:41 - Restructuring, UW Manitowoc, and Financial Affairs

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Partial Transcript: LEH: Oh boy.. Green Bay wanted to do with Manitowoc that rubbed people the wrong way?

Segment Synopsis: Discusses approach of Green Bay to Manitowoc campus, role of foundations at UW Colleges and at UW Manitowoc, and mood on the Manitowoc campus during restructuring.

Keywords: UW Colleges; UW Green Bay; UW Manitowoc; academic affairs; branch campus; budget; county relations; financial affairs; receiving institution; restructuring; staff culture; student culture

00:41:20 - Announcement of Restructuring and Immediate Aftermath

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Partial Transcript: LEH: Yeah do you think in terms of restructuring um what was sort of the reaction from these different communities

Segment Synopsis: Talks about initial announcement of restructuring, and mood amongst staff after the intial announcement. Discusses announcement in terms of former UW Colleges' relationships with counties and cities, and reception by counties of initial announcement. Talks about representation in media, Steering Committee, and initial meeting of Steering Committee.

Keywords: UW Colleges; UW Fond du Lac; UW Fox Valley; UW Manitowoc; budget; communication; community relations; county relations; financial affairs; restructuring; staff; staff culture

00:49:25 - Discussion of Restructuring Process and Staff Decision Making

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Partial Transcript: LEH: I wonder too about the timing of all that... it's just so... the middle of an academic year, so you have functions that are still going on…

Segment Synopsis: Discusses timelines of decision making and budgeting, simultaneous regionalization of UW Extension, and individual approaches of receiving institutions in dealing with former UW Colleges. Discusses approach to restructuring by UW Oshkosh, and some positive and negative impacts of this approach. Talks about concerns of four year campuses and UW Oshkosh, and differences with leadership structures between former UW College campuses and UW Oshkosh.

Keywords: UW Colleges; UW Extension; UW Oshkosh; branch campus; organizational structure; receiving institution; regionalization; restructuring; steering committee

00:59:06 - Culture and Student Bodies of Branch and Receiving Campuses

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Partial Transcript: LEH: Um... what do you think are like the uh big differences, just like, sort of the amount of activity or..?

Segment Synopsis: Discusses differences between student bodies and communities at two year and four year campuses. Discusses marketing and recruitment at UW Colleges, involvement with high schools, and local strategies for marketing. Talks about pride over UW campuses, and ways to attract local students.

Keywords: UW Colleges; UW Oshkosh; branch campus; non-traditional students; receiving institution; restructuring; student culture

01:07:52 - Structure and Culture of UW Colleges and Impact on Restructuring

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Partial Transcript: LEH: Yeah, that's very um.. different from the very local kind of nature of the former UW Colleges.

Segment Synopsis: Discusses shift in business services and differences of services between two year and four year campuses. Discusses recognition of faculty at UW Colleges, and potential areas for tension, as well as acceptance of roles from former UW Colleges staff. Talks about examples of services that have shifted easily, such as police services.

Keywords: UW Colleges; budget; communication; financial affairs; organizational structure; restructuring; staff culture

01:15:31 - Final Thoughts

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Partial Transcript: LEH: Before I let you go, do you feel like you have anything else you want to add?

Segment Synopsis: Discusses new role at UW Oshkosh, importance of circumstances and the mission of the UW Colleges, and role as an advocate for the new Access Campuses.

Keywords: UW Colleges; UW Oshkosh; restructuring

01:19:12 - End of Interview