UW-Madison, Edgewood College Join Madison College in Partnering
with Madison Schools on Personalized Pathways
From Madison Metropolitan-area School District

The UW-Madison and Edgewood College are signing on as anchor partners in the Madison School District’s Personalized
Pathways program. They join Madison College as the district’s higher education partners who help to support and inform the
effort.

“This new initiative will help Madison high school students discern their academic passions and explore college and career
options—goals we wholeheartedly embrace and are excited to be a part of,” says UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank. “It’
s critical that our young people be well-prepared for whatever futures they choose. We look forward to deepening our
relationships with the school district and our fellow institutions of higher learning to make this effort a success.”

“Partnership and community are two of Edgewood College’s core values,” Dr. Scott Flanagan, President of Edgewood College
said. “We are therefore excited to deepen our partnership with Madison schools and our colleagues in higher education in
service of building a local community that is stronger for all. This initiative is a promising attempt to help students prepare to
connect their talents and interests with the variety of opportunities that await them.”

Madison’s Personalized Pathways program is designed for students to experience a combination of what is working best in
Madison schools – close-knit communities, academic goal-setting, challenging and relevant coursework, interdisciplinary
projects and exploration of college and career options. Students will learn the skills they need for success after high school in
a way that connects their coursework to their personal interests and the world around them. This fall, nearly 500 freshman will
enter the district’s first pathway.

“We are so grateful to have both the UW-Madison and Edgewood College as our partners. We believe that personalized
pathways will both help more students graduate from high school and better prepare all students for their future,” said
Superintendent Jen Cheatham. Having the UW, Edgewood and Madison College as partners in this work will be crucial in
making the program successful for all students.”

“There is an indisputable connection between strong communities, economic prosperity and access to higher education,”
said Dr. Jack Daniels, Madison College President. “To ensure that our communities will remain strong far into the future, it is
essential that we have school systems and support mechanisms in place that prepare ALL students for whatever post-
secondary pathway they desire while meeting the ever-growing demand of employers for knowledgeable, skilled workers.
Personalized pathways, tailored for individual students, will help them better understand what they want to pursue upon
graduation and be better prepared for college-level work. That is why Madison College enthusiastically supports MMSD’s
personalized pathway initiative.”