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The Cost of Success: Challenges in Seeking a Higher Education

February 26, 2019 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Wisconsin Studio • Overture Center for the Arts, 3rd Floor • Madison
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm


Wisconsin Studio
201 State St Overture Center for the Arts, 3rd Floor
53703 Madison , WI

A college education is often touted as the key to opportunity, although college isn’t always the best or only choice for a promising future. For those who do pursue a college degree, the journey can be filled with challenges. Our second event in the Wisconsin Academy’s Reaching Higher through Education series will focus on the challenges today’s aspiring students face in accessing college, and the financial and mental health costs many students face once they are on campus. With suicide currently the second-leading cause of death among college students, and with many struggling with anxiety and depression, one questions what are we asking of our young people. Furthermore, with 67% of Wisconsin students graduating with debt, and the average graduate carrying more than $30,000 in loans, how are these grads navigating a competitive job market and still making their monthly loan payments? While the college experience should inspire students to achieve their best, the Academy aims to explore how we can shift the educational climate to one that fosters both accessible success and healthy learning.

Join us at the Overture Center for the Arts as we explore these questions and more with a panel of experts from around the state, including Dr. Catherine Kodat, Provost and Dean of Faculty at Lawrence University, Dr. John Achter, Associate Dean of Students at UW-Stout, Keegan Kyle, investigative journalist for the Appleton Post Crescent, Vanessa Beckham, Director of Upward Bound at Beloit College, and UW-Milwaukee graduate student Nikita Werner.

This panel discussion is hosted by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. Advance registration is required. Registration is $10 for the general public, and free for Wisconsin Academy members and students with a valid photo ID (please present ID upon entrance).

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Thank you to Wisconsin Academy donors and members and the following sponsors for their support of this panel discussion: 

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Dr. John Achter is a licensed psychologist with 18 years of experience working in college and university counseling centers, 13 of those years as director of the Counseling Center at UW-Stout.

Catherine Gunther Kodat is Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Lawrence University, where she also holds a tenured appointment as Professor of English. She arrived at Lawrence in 2017 after two years as Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Keegan Kyle is an investigative reporter for USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin. He has written extensively about politics, criminal justice and government data. His recent work has explored Wisconsin’s backlog of years-old rape kits, state crime lab delays, gaps in youth mental health services and college affordability.

Nikita Werner is the administrative assistant at the Wisconsin Academy. After graduating from UW-Madison with a BA in Anthropology, Nikita worked in a number of administrative roles including as a department coordinator at the Wisconsin Medical Society. She is currently working toward a MS in Anthropology and Museum Studies from UW-Milwaukee.

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1922 University Avenue
Madison, Wisconsin 53726
Phone: 608-263-1692

James Watrous Gallery of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters
3rd Floor, Overture Center for the Arts
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 608-265-2500