Monday, July 27, 2015

Two of the most salient economic trends today are the declining share of first-time homeowners, and the sharp increase in student loan debt outstanding.


Given the fact the housing market has slow to returning to normal (though things seem to be turning around of late), it’s natural that economists and journalists would assume that it’s student loan debt that’s been holding it back.


To test just how student loans are affecting the behavior of potential home buyers, researchers Jason Houle of Dartmouth College and Lawrence Berger of the University of Wisconsin drew on data from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth’s 1997 cohort.


Read the full article from Fortune

Monday, July 27, 2015

Stephanie A. Robert, MSW, Ph.D.

The School of Social Work will open the academic year with a new set of leaders at the helm. Professor Stephanie A. Robert was recently named director, and Professor Betty J. Kramer has been appointed as associate director.


Robert stated: “Given the many challenges in the current political and economic environment that affect the communities we serve, the mission of the School of Social Work is more important than ever.


“I am pleased to have a chance to work closely with our dedicated faculty, staff, community partners and alumni. Together, we will launch the next generation of social work practitioners and researchers who will be at the forefront of creating positive change....

Friday, July 24, 2015

Jan Greenberg, a UW-Madison professor of social work, has been named associate vice chancellor in the Office of Research and Graduate Education. Greenberg will lead the area of social studies.


Following UW-Madison search processes, the appointment, announced this week by Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education (VCRGE) Marsha Mailick, is effective immediately. Greenberg has been serving in the role on an interim basis.


Read the full article from UW News

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Perhaps she’s served you pancakes at the Kiwanis breakfast or greeted you at the Personal Essentials Pantry. Or maybe you’ve heard her address topics of homelessness, underage drinking or affordable transportation and housing at meetings for Stoughton Area Resource Team, Stoughton CARES or Stoughton United Ministries.

This is just a sampling of the many volunteer activities Sharon Mason-Boersma has been involved in since she moved to Stoughton in 1981. More than just a familiar face, she’s earned the trust of and helped thousands of struggling families in the Stoughton, Cambridge and Deerfield areas as a Joining Forces for Families (JFF) social worker.

Read the full article from Connect Stoughton

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Local officials aren’t sure how Rock County residents would be affected by a provision approved by Gov. Scott Walker regarding drug testing for Wisconsin residents enrolled in the FoodShare program.


Joe Glass, assistant professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, said the testing could hinder the use of social services and do more harm than good. “There have been national studies that show there is no difference in drug use between people whoreceive welfare and those who don’t,” Glass said. “Subjecting people to drug testing turns them away from seeking the help they need.”


Read the full article from the Beloit Daily News

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