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Alverno College sets nimble course to grow enrollment, respond to changing workforce needs

September 18, 2017

Alverno College students are excited for the start of a new school year.

After a comprehensive year-long strategic planning process that was built around invited input from the College community, alumnae, and key business and civic leaders in Milwaukee and around the country, Alverno announced its strategic plan. Andrea Lee, IHM, president of Alverno College, sat down with The Journal Sentinel to talk about where the college is headed.


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Wendy Powers Discusses the Impact of DACA Decision

September 7, 2017


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Wendy Powers

Alverno’s associate vice president of Student Affairs, Wendy Powers, spoke with WUWM about President Trump’s decision on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and how it will affect Wisconsin students.

She also spoke with AM620 WTMJ about his call for an end to the  program. You can listen to that interview here:


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You won’t get grades at these colleges

August 26, 2017

Students relax on campus.

At Alverno we don’t give grades, but what we do give is so much more valuable. The feedback our students receive is much more detailed than a letter grade, highlighting their strengths as well as areas where they can improve. Voice of America spoke to a couple of our students to get their take on feedback, as well as Kathy Lake, acting vice president of Academic Affairs.

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Could grades be counterproductive?

August 10, 2017

Kathy Lake, vice president for Academic Affairs, weighs in on the debate in this article by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Could Grades Be Counterproductive – The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Sister Joel Read, who shaped Milwaukee’s Alverno College and was among nation’s top college innovators, dies at 91

May 26, 2017

Sister Joel Read

Sister Joel Read, Alverno’s longest-serving president and a trailblazer in education reform, passed away at the age of 91. This collection of all of the media coverage demonstrates what a profound impact she had on the city, our community and beyond.

  • The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ran this story about her, as well as this tribute written by Alan Borsuk. They also ran reactions from alumnae and others.
  • Several other publications also ran stories including BizTimesThe Business Journal, Inside Higher Ed and Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.
  • TMJ4 aired a story remembering Sister Joel that featured an interview with her from 2003 when she retired.
  • CBS58 aired a story that included a statement from Mayor Tom Barrett, and posted this on their website
  • Here is Mayor Tom Barrett’s statement in its entirety: “Sister Joel Read was a magnificent person and in many ways larger than life. Sister Read and I worked on education issues together. As a member of Congress and as Mayor, I would often sit down with her and gain her thoughts on what more we can do to improve education. She would let anybody know how she felt and why she felt that way, which I respected immensely. Education was her calling and clearly her passion in life. It went beyond education in the classroom, but also how you educate the whole person and have a more involved electorate because that was very important to her. I believe that her legacy will live on at Alverno College and in Milwaukee because her fingerprints were so strong. She was a saint in the City. My thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones during this time.”
  • There was a letter to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editor about how privileged Milwaukee was to have Sister Joel.
  • Several TV stations covered her funeral, including TMJ4, 12 News and CBS 58. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel also covered her funeral.