South Campus Initiative

Madison College South Campus Initiative Advisory Council 

Madison College is committed to incorporating a diverse set of community perspectives into the Madison College South Campus Initiative planning and design process. With the help of engagement consultant Urban Assets, Madison College will conduct targeted outreach to South Madison residents, community organizations, and civic and business leaders to identify the community values, vision, needs and opportunities that will shape the new South campus. 

The Madison College South Campus Advisory Council will provide feedback and advice to the project management team throughout the community engagement and development process for the new South campus. 

The goals of the project include:

  • Open a new South campus facility to meet the educational needs of South Madison.
  • Increase enrollments of residents from South Madison.
  • Maintain base enrollments at MATC campuses in the Madison Metro area.
  • Work collaboratively with the community, civic and business leaders to develop a new South campus site and gather insights related to program offerings to meet goals. 

The Madison College South Campus Initiative Advisory Council is made up of business and community leaders, and residents of the Madison College South Service Area. Staff members from the City of Madison are also involved in the council. 

The primary roles of the council are:

  • Develop an intimate understanding of the initiative.
  • Spread the word about the initiative and associated community engagement efforts.
  • Provide advice to the project management team regarding community engagement, programming and facility development. 

The council will:

  • Review and asses data collected by Madison College regarding South Madison.
  • Understand state and local regulatory issues related to facility development and procurement.
  • Advise the college on additional outreach and data collection activities to inform planning.
  • Provide feedback to the college regarding design and programming proposals.
  • Provide input on appropriate engagement techniques within the South Madison project area and utilize existing community engagement forums.
  • Ensure that diverse interests are represented throughout the planning process and encourage involvement of stakeholders. 

The Advisory Council will meet each month March 2017 through June 2018. The council will not meet in December 2017. 


In April and May 2016, the Madison College District Board approved the expansion of the South campus facility, academic programs and services to meet the higher education needs of South Madison. 

Metro Campus Recommendations:
Metro Campus Recommendations, April 6, 2016
President Jack E. Daniels III Recommendation Remarks, April 6, 2016

Metro Campus Reports:
Executive Summary Metro Campus Report, March 2016 
Metro Campus Report, February 18, 2015

Madison College District Board meeting minutes relating to the South campus:
April 6, 2016
April 20, 2016
May 4, 2016

With the help of South Madison leaders and community groups at three community forums, a plan was outlined to expand the South campus. 

Community Engagement

Input from the community and diverse perspectives are an important part of the Madison College South Campus Initiative process. A series of outreach efforts will help us gather your input. 

Community Survey
In Spring 2017, a survey will be offered online and in hard copy at locations in South Madison. The survey will address:

  • Community values and vision for South campus
  • Programming preferences
  • Student services needed
  • Amenity and design preferences 

Individual Interviews
With the help of Urban Assets, confidential interviews of South Madison community and business leaders will assess future programming, service and design needs for the campus. This will take place in the Spring and Summer 2017. 

Focus Groups
Urban Assets will conduct four to six focus group meetings in Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 to understand the needs and barriers related to the new campus. 

Public Meetings
Four public meetings with the South Madison community will share information about the project and gain additional input. The interactive meetings will take place between Spring 2017 and Spring 2018. 

Minutes & Materials

Minutes from the Madison College South Campus Initiative Advisory Council meetings are available for the community.

Meeting Minutes
March 2, 2017
March 28, 2017
April 25, 2017

Questions about the Madison College South Campus Initiative Advisory Council can be directed to the South campus at or (608) 243-4200.