Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

2011 grad wins university planning fellowship


Sylvia Ramirez

2011 alum Sylvia (Fredericks) Ramirez has won a fellowship from the Society for College and University Planning, an international society of higher education administrators who are responsible for high-level planning projects on their campuses.

As director of budget and planning in the Office of Administration and Finance for the University of Wisconsin Colleges, Ramirez leads budget and financial planning efforts for the university's 13 campuses and UW Colleges Online.

The Society for College and University Planning Fellows Program focuses on the use of best planning practices to improve outcomes at college and universities. The society started the program this year and Ramirez and an administrator at Georgia Regents University are the first two SCUP fellows. They will begin their one-year term in July.

SCUP fellows are expected to complete a planning-related project during their fellowship year and to share the results with society members. Ramirez, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, will work on a project related to financial management in a higher education setting.

After earning her Master of Public Affairs degree in 2011, Ramirez served as a budget and policy analyst in the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. While a student, she was a project assistant at the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education on a collaborative college preparation program— AVID/TOPs — for the Madison Metropolitan School District and the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County.

Ramirez graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts from the University of Florida, where she was awarded a McLaughlin Scholarship for Academic Excellence. She received a La Follette Fellowship in 2009, served as La Follette School Student Association vice president in 2010-11 and was an honorary fellow in 2011 at the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education.