Road to Excellence Speaker Series

The Road to Excellence Strategic Plan Speaker Series is designed to bring guest speakers to campus to engage campus and foster discussion about the different aspects of the strategic plan through the guest speakers. Read more, below, about recent guest speakers in the series.

William A. Draves - Oct. 7, 2014

William A. Draves, a leading education authority, visited UW-Platteville on Oct. 7, 2014. He is the president of the Learning Resource Network, an international nonprofit education organization with more than 4,000 members in 20 countries. Draves gave two presentations. The first, “Nine Shift: Work, Life and Education in the 21st Century” focused on how the workplace is changing and how the classroom is being transformed.

The second presentation, “The State of Higher Education for 2015” addressed a range of topics affecting the future of higher education, including the importance of boosting completion rates and the changing priorities of Generation Y, among others. "The biggest thing we have in society is a shortage of skilled workers,” said Draves. “Fifty percent of young people need a four-year degree to create the prosperous society we have to have.” Draves noted some positive emerging developments he sees in higher education which include cell phones in classes, blended courses, online quizzing, gaming simulation, and flipping the classroom, among others.

Dr. Jeffrey Thompson - April 25, 2014

Dr. Jeffrey Thompson has served as chief executive officer of Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wis., since 2001, where his leadership has garnered international attention for the organization’s success in decreasing healthcare costs and enhancing the well being of the community by launching sustainability efforts and setting a goal of achieving energy independence. See more.






Dr. Ramsey Musallam - February 17, 2014

Dr. Ramsey Musallam, a high school chemistry teacher at Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory in San Francisco, Calif., is nationally recognized for his innovative teaching techniques. His TED talk on the subject has drawn more than 50,000 viewers online. His teaching methods involve the flipped classroom, in which students watch lectures online on their own time and then spend classroom time in labs with hands-on learning. See more.