The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee no longer will be known as a local commuter school, but an international research institution that fuels economic growth, helps solve the region's problems and boosts the number of college graduates in Wisconsin, Mike Lovell vowed on the eve of his inauguration as UWM's eighth chancellor.
To drive home that point, Lovell will require freshmen to live on campus to increase their chances of graduating, starting next year. He'll require sophomores to live on campus, too, in three to five years.
"We're not the plain commuter college we were 30 years ago," Lovell said. "We're a vibrant international university. And we're becoming a more traditional university with a campus life."
Lovell's vision for UWM - which he will formally articulate during his 3 p.m. inauguration Friday - calls for fundamental changes in campus culture.