University of Wisconsin–Madison

UniverCity Year Dane County

Since its formation as a territorial county in 1836, Dane County has seen constant population growth. With approximately 516,000 residents, it is the second largest county in Wisconsin, yet agriculture remains an important part of the county’s economy. The Dane County Board of Supervisors (made up of 37 elected representatives) is the county’s legislative and policy-making body, and it is the entity sponsoring this UniverCity Year partnership. Sharon Corrigan of Middleton currently chairs the county board. The Dane County Executive is the chief elected official, responsible for the overall operation and management of the county. Joe Parisi is currently serving his second, full four-year term in this position.

Four project areas

Research will highlight county economic and workforce development programs across the country that successfully create opportunities for youth, veterans, minorities and ex-offenders while advancing racial equity, social equity and sustainability.

We recently held an informational meeting with faculty and the Dane County Board of Supervisors. The meeting handouts are available to download. If you are interested in learning more about this project area, please contact us through the below form.

Courses

Fall 2017

Research will focus on innovative national and international programs that address the shortage of affordable, sustainable and equitable housing affecting veterans, rural elderly, families and low-income residents. Projects will identify financing approaches for new development and for housing rehabilitation, and also include the design of data systems to analyze housing information.

We recently held an informational meeting with faculty and the Dane County Board of Supervisors. The meeting handouts are available to download. If you are interested in learning more about this project area, please contact us through the below form.

Courses

Fall 2017

  • Civil Engineering 421: Environmental Sustainability Engineering. Professor Andrea Hicks.
  • Real Estate 365/765: Residential Health. Professor Tom Landgraf.
  • Real Estate 420/720: Urban and Regional Economics. Professor Jaime Luque.
  • Real Estate 611: Residential Property Development. Professor Tom Landgraf.
  • Urban & Regional Planning 611: Urban Design: Theory and Practice. Professor James LaGro.

Spring 2018

A number of people repeatedly cycle through jails, mental health facilities and social services. Projects will use data analytics to identify frequent users of county services, discuss best case interventions for complex cases, and identify collaborative and innovative financing to meet needs.

We recently held an informational meeting with faculty and the Dane County Board of Supervisors. The meeting handouts are available to download. If you are interested in learning more about this project area, please contact us through the below form.

Courses

Summer 2017

  • Population Health 504: Health Care Improvement in Low Resource Settings. Professor Lori DiPrete Brown.

Fall 2017

  • Journalism 677: Concepts and Tools for Data Analysis and Visualization. Professor Christopher Wells.
  • Population Health 780: Public Health: Principles and Practice. Professor Barbara Duerst.

Research will identify sustainable agricultural practices that protect and improve the quality of the county’s waterways. Projects will focus on innovative technologies and business models for nutrient management, as well as analysis of the overall economic impact of the lakes. Students will develop communication and outreach plans to gain resident involvement, support and assistance in implementing proposals.

We recently held an informational meeting with faculty and the Dane County Board of Supervisors. The meeting handouts are available to download. If you are interested in learning more about this project area, please contact us through the below form.

Courses

Fall 2017

Spring 2018

Get involved with UniverCity Year Dane County

We are now matching up projects the county identified with Spring 2018 courses at UW-Madison. Faculty and instructional staff interested in learning more about the projects and/or teaching a UniverCity Year Dane County class should contact us as soon as possible.