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New Statewide UW-Extension/UW System Adult Student Coordinator Based at UWFox

[This page is preserved for historical and reference purposes only.  The information contained on it may no longer be current.] Debbie Harris

Debbie Harris has been named as a new adult student coordinator with the Statewide Advising Network (SAN). SAN is part of the University of Wisconsin Colleges /UW-Extension Adult Student Initiative (ASI), which aims to encourage Wisconsin adults to return to college to complete their baccalaureate degrees. Harris has statewide advising responsibilities and is based on the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley campus in Menasha.

Harris worked as an academic advisor and adjunct faculty member at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee for more than 10 years, and has advised a diverse population of working adult students as they pursued associate, bachelor’s and graduate degrees. Harris earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Humboldt State University (CA) and her master’s degree in Management from Cardinal Stritch University.

“I’m excited to be a new partner with UW-Extension/UW System in launching the Adult Student Initiative. Returning adult students face a lot of challenges, particularly in balancing work and family responsibilities with school. I’m confident that UW’s expanding opportunities and our advising network will bring valuable support for adults as they advance their education.”

In her role as a SAN advisor Harris will advance the understanding and appreciation for adult education and adult learners in the community. She will disseminate information about the wide range of UW System resources available to returning adult students, including majors and programs, financial aid, admission requirements, career advising and more. Responsibilities will also include recruitment efforts and promoting the ASI through the State of Wisconsin.

For more information about ongoing learning opportunities or to start, continue or complete a college degree through the University of Wisconsin call toll-free 1-866-477-UWIN (8946) or email uwin@learn.uwsa.edu.

Posted 5/31/2007