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Editorials and Letters from President Sternberg

President's Perspective: Why Go to College?
November 11, 2013 — College is not for every high school graduate in Wyoming, but if it might be right for you or someone you know, it is well worth considering. Here are five reasons why.

My Review of UW Includes Athletics Assessment
Oct. 24, 2013 - Since I began working as president of the University of Wyoming July 1, I have been reviewing many aspects of the university’s operations -- just as a new leader of any organization would. I have asked my leadership team and sought help from others to assess the performance of various academic units, admissions, student housing, marketing, athletics and much more.

Enhancing the Way We Admit Students to UW
October 21, 2013 - An alumnus of the University of Wyoming recently asked me whether the university is lowering its standards for undergraduate admissions. Here is what I told him. No, we are not lowering our standards for admission to UW. We intend to become the No. 1 land-grant institution in the country, and we won’t get there by lowering our standards for admissions -- or lowering our standards for anything else. We are changing the way we do admissions, however. Let me explain why.

Diverse ways of identifying gifted students
October 11, 2013 - In her story, “Struggling to define excellent” (Casper Star-Tribune, Oct. 7), Leah Todd notes that some school districts in Wyoming rely on standardized tests to identify gifted children. I agree that standardized tests can be one useful basis for identifying gifted children, but it is not optimal to rely exclusively on standardized tests for such identification. There are three reasons why.

Why We Value Humanities and Fine Arts at UW
October 7, 2013 — The University of Wyoming is a land-grant institution. Land-grant institutions were originally created to provide a practical education. Their mission, as I see it, is to educate the ethical leaders who will make a positive, meaningful and enduring difference to the world at some level.

College rankings hold little merit
September 24, 2013 — In an editorial titled “UW president has important balancing act,” the (Wyoming) Tribune Eagle stated it was “troubled by Mr. Sternberg’s response to last week’s release from U.S. News and World Report,” which was that “the ratings don’t capture what is important about the University of Wyoming.”

All Kids Can Learn
September 16, 2013 — As a young child, I performed miserably on the IQ tests my elementary school administered to us every couple of years. As a result, my teachers labeled me as a child who couldn’t really learn much. 

President's Letter - A Dream for the University of Wyoming
September 2013 — May I share a dream with you? I know other people’s dreams often are not all so interesting, but this is a dream about the University of Wyoming.  

An Update from President Sternberg
August 30, 2013 — Welcome to the start of a new academic year at the University of Wyoming! Let me start by saying how happy my wife, Karin, and I are to be in Laramie and starting this fall semester with you!

Why Athletics Matters So Much at the University of Wyoming
August 26, 2013 — When people hear of my passion for intercollegiate athletics at the University of Wyoming, they sometimes ask me why I care so much about athletics. After all, a university is essentially an academic institution, and so what does athletics have to do with an academic institution? As it turns out, quite a lot.

We need to raise salaries at UW
August 25, 2013 — I usually find myself in agreement with the editorial page of the Casper Star-Tribune, and I greatly value the newspaper and its coverage; but in the case of the editorial of August 23, “Salary isn’t the only thing,” I find myself in serious disagreement.

Letter from UW President Bob Sternberg on Pride Fridays
August 19, 2013 — In conjunction with the State of Wyoming's College Color Day, I would like to begin a new tradition at the University of Wyoming declaring every Friday throughout the year as ‘UW Pride Friday’.

President Sternberg: UW Can Become Nation's No.1 Land-grant Institution
August 6, 2013 — When I tell people that the University of Wyoming can be the No. 1 land-grant institution in the country, some of them look at me as though I am out of my mind. How, after all, can we compete with institutions like the University of California at Berkeley, Michigan State and Texas A&M? Well, let’s consider what it might mean to be the No. 1 land-grant university. 

UW must reverse the "brain drain"
July 28, 2013 — Thank you for your wonderful (Wyoming Tribune-Eagle) editorial, “Salaries at UW should be upgraded” (July 20). I greatly appreciate your recognition of the crucial role that UW plays in educational, economic and other forms of development in the state.

New President Issues Statement to UW Employees
July 1, 2013 — University of Wyoming President Bob Sternberg issues a message to all University of Wyoming employees.

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