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Non-Fiscal Policy Directive To Be Reinstated For Sake of Students

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The title of this episode is (hopefully) a self-fulfilling prophecy: The tide is turning towards greater facilitation of work-ready graduates with actual experience -before- they graduate, rather than insulating them from the unforgiving world of full-time work while they're in college.

How can this be anything -except- good? A wise development, for all the fiscally-sound reasons!

(Remembering, of course, the mandate to have the UW System create more linkages with employers is a non-fiscal policy directive -- it won't cost the taxpayers a dime. It can even -save- the public money, by reducing welfare rolls and student-loan defaults among college graduates.)

Because the end of the spring segment of the 2017-2018 legislative session is approaching, we've limited time to persuade legislators to re-introduce the so-called "non-fiscal policy directive" that would make the UW System accountable for guiding students into internships and career-relevant work experiences before they graduate.

The accumulating "body count" of UW graduates' careers has been a greater "epidemic" than has abuse of legitimate, prescription painkillers. (This inspires a new hashtag: #InternshipsNotDrugs)

This exposes a new-found vulnerability to the once-sancrosanct reputation of the University of Wisconsin System.

<u>Now, with phones ringing off-the-hook and fax machines blazing, we've the momentum to finish this issue once-and-for all</u>:

<b>Be sure to tell your Wisconsin Assembly member and Wisconsin senator that you want Governor Walker's non-fiscal policy directive reinstated, for ensuring UW System students are assisted in finding and securing internships before they graduate.</b>

Join me in sending our elected officials a copy of our lobbying letter, "Wisconsin Supports Student Assistance in Acquiring Internships."

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