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The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is accredited by:

— AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

— Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education

— Accreditation Review Committee on Education of the Physician Assistant

— American Chemical Society

— Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

— Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education

— Council on Accreditation of the National Recreation and Park Association/ American

            Association for Leisure and Recreation

— Council on Education for Public Health

— Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Radiation Technology

— National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences

—        National Association for School Psychology

— National Association of  Schools of Music

— National Association of Sport and Physical Education/North American Society for

           Sport Management

— National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

— North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (30 North LaSalle St.,

           Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504; telephone 800-621-7440)

— Program in Nuclear Medicine Technology is accredited by the Joint Review

          Committee of Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology through

          affiliated hospitals

approved by:

— American Association of University Women

— American Society of Microbiology

a member of:

— American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

— American Association of State Colleges and Universities

— American Council on Education

— Association of American Colleges and Universities

— Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions

— Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

— Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences

— Council of Graduate Schools

— National Association of School Psychologists

— National Commission on Accrediting

— Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

— West Central Wisconsin Consortium






The System Mission

Each institution of the University of Wisconsin System shares in the mission of the System.


The mission of this System is to develop human resources, to discover and disseminate knowledge, to extend knowledge and its application beyond the boundaries of its campuses, and to serve and stimulate society by developing in students heightened intellectual, cultural, and human sensitivities; scientific, professional, and technological expertise; and a sense of value and  purpose. Inherent in this mission are methods of instruction, research, extended education and public service designed to educate people and improve the human condition. Basic to every purpose of the System is the search for truth.


The Core Mission

As an institution in the “University Cluster” of the University of Wisconsin System,   UW-L shares the following core mission with other universities of the cluster. Each university in the cluster shall:

a.   Offer associate and baccalaureate degree level and selected graduate programs within

      the context of its approved mission statement.

b.  Offer an environment that emphasizes teaching excellence and meets the educational

     and personal needs of students through effective teaching, academic advising,

     counseling, and through university-sponsored cultural, recreational, and

     extracurricular programs.

c.  Offer a core of liberal studies that supports university degrees in the arts, letters, and

     sciences, as well as specialized professional/technical degrees at the associate and

     baccalaureate level.

d.  Offer a program of pre-professional curricular offerings consistent with the

     university’s mission.

e.  Expect scholarly activity, including research, scholarship and creative endeavor, that

     supports its programs at the associate and baccalaureate degree level, its selected

     graduate programs, and its approved mission statement.

f.   Promote the integration of the extension function, assist the University of Wisconsin-

     Extension in meeting its responsibility for statewide coordination, and encourage

     faculty and staff participation in outreach activity.

g.  Participate in interinstitutional  relationships in order to maximize educational

     opportunity for the people of the state effectively and efficiently through the sharing

     of resources.

h. Serve the needs of women, minority, disadvantaged, disabled, and nontraditional

    students and seek racial and ethnic diversification of the student body and the

    professional faculty and staff.

i.  Support activities designed to promote the economic development of the state.


The Select Mission

In addition to the System and Core Missions, UW-L has the following select mission:

The primary purpose of UW-L is to provide education leading to baccalaureate and selected graduate degrees supplemented by appropriate research and public service activities as further detailed in the following set of goals:

a.   The University shall emphasize excellence in educational programs and teaching.

b.   The University shall provide a broad base of liberal education as a foundation for the

      intellectual, cultural, and professional development of the students.

c.   The University shall offer undergraduate programs and degrees in the arts, letters, and

      sciences; education; health and human services; health, physical education, and

      recreation; and  business administration.

d.   The University shall offer graduate programs and degrees related to areas of emphasis

      and strength within the institution.

e.   The University expects scholarly activity, including research, scholarship and creative

      endeavor, that supports its programs at the baccalaureate degree level, its selected

      graduate programs, and its special mission.

f.   The University shall support studies related to the environment, culture,

     heritage, institutions, and economy of  La Crosse and the surrounding Upper 

     Mississippi Valley region.

g.  The University shall serve as an academic and cultural center, providing service and

     professional expertise, and meeting the broader educational needs of the region.















Office of the Chancellor

Chancellor - Douglas Hastad

Assistant Chancellor, Admin. Services - Larry Lebiecki

Assistant Chancellor, Financial Administration Services -Ronald Lostetter

Assistant Chancellor, University Advancement and External Relations - Al Trapp


Assistant to Chancellor, Affirmative Action and Diversity - Alfred Thompson


Office of the Vice Chancellor/Provost

Provost/Vice Chancellor - Ronald Rada (Interim)

Chief Information Officer/Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology -

   John Tillman 

Dean of Student Development and Academic Services - Petra Roter

Assistant Dean of Students - Michael Miyamoto

Director of Graduate Studies - R. Daniel Duquette (Interim)


College of Business Administration

Dean - William Colclough 

Associate Deans - James Finch (Interim),

                             Kenneth Winter (Interim)


College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Teacher Education

Dean - Garth Tymeson (Interim)

Associate Deans - Mandi Anderson (Interim), Ronald Rochon (Interim)


School of Education

Director - Ronald Rochon (Interim)



College of Science and Allied Health

 Dean - Michael Nelson

 Associate Dean - Martin Venneman


College of Liberal Studies

 Dean - John Magerus

 Associate Dean - Ruthann Benson

 Associate Dean - Charles Martin-Stanley


School of Arts and Communication

Director - Ruthann Benson






The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is governed by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. The Board of Regents as of August, 2000:


— Jay L. Smith, Middleton, President

— Joseph M. Alexander, Madison

— Roger E. Axtell, Janesville

— Jonathan B. Barry, Mt. Horeb

— John T. Benson, Madison

— Patrick G. Boyle, Madison

— JoAnne Brandes, Sturtevant

— Alfred S. De Simone, Kenosha

— Guy A. Gottschalk, Wisconsin Rapids

— Gregory L. Gracz, Milwaukee

— Ruth Marcene James, Fennimore

— Phyllis M. Krutsch, Washburn

— Toby E. Marcovich, Superior

— Frederic E. Mohs, Madison

— Jose A. Olivieri, Milwaukee

— Gerard A. Randall, Jr., Milwaukee, Vice President

— Lolita Schneiders, Menomonee Falls














— Katharine C. Lyall, President

— Al Beaver, Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs (Interim)

— David W. Olien, Senior Vice President, Administration

— Deborah A. Durcan, Vice President, Finance

— Linda L. Weimer, Vice President, University Relations























The University is a member of the West Central Wisconsin Consortium, a cooperative group of five institutions in the University of Wisconsin System. Other members are UW-Eau Claire, UW-River Falls, UW-Stout and UW-Superior. The UW System Board of Regents has identified the consortium as the regional agency for planning, coordinating, resource sharing, and reviewing programs at all levels. The consortium has been especially active in the review of existing and proposed academic programs, improvement of instruction project grants, and the establishment and coordination of cooperative programs and efforts in all areas of university activity in order to maintain quality and to improve efficiency and economy in higher education.

























UW-L is a public institution of higher education. In 1909 La Crosse Normal School opened its doors as a teacher training school. It became a state teachers college in 1927, a state college in 1951, and a state university in 1964. In 1971 the University became part of the University of Wisconsin System.


UW-L has 9,100 students, 650 of whom are graduate students. The students are from 38 states and 42 foreign countries; five percent are from racially under-represented groups. The University offers 43 undergraduate majors in 30 disciplines, plus a wide array of minors, emphases and other programs. There are over 350 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 82 percent of whom hold terminal degrees.


The average ACT score of the 2000 freshman class was 24.0, second highest in the UW System. Sixty-seven percent of the new freshmen ranked in the top 25 percent of their high school graduating class. There are many opportunities for students to participate in and benefit from the $6 million in grant funding that has been awarded to faculty and staff annually.


Upon graduation, 99 percent of bachelor’s degree graduates in the job market found full- or part-time employment within six months of graduation.


The 118-acre campus has 33 buildings, including 13 used for instruction, academic support, and administrative purposes; 11 residence halls and three student centers.
























The campus is in a residential section of the eastern part of the City of La Crosse (city pop. 52,000; metropolitan area pop. 102,000). A major point of interest on the “Great River Road” that winds north and south through 10 states along the Mississippi, La Crosse is on the east bank of the river below towering bluffs separated by steep-walled ravines known as coulees. The La Crosse area (frequently referred to as “The Coulee Region”) is famous for its exceptional natural beauty. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide a year-round invitation to those who enjoy outdoor activities such as skiing, hunting, fishing, skating, riding, camping, and hiking. The community is at the western end of a statewide network of bicycle trails.

La Crosse is on direct transportation routes between Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, and Minneapolis-St. Paul. It is served by Amtrak (Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul line) and bus lines. Scenic highways (Interstate 90 in particular) connect La Crosse with Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, Rochester, and the Twin Cities. American Eagle, Northwest Airlines/KLM/Continental Airlines and Skyway Airlines provide regular passenger service to major midwestern air terminals.


























The academic calendar is based on semesters. Semester I (September through mid-December) and Semester II (January through mid-May) each contain 14 weeks of instruction plus one week of final exams. The standard class period is 55 minutes. Additionally, J Term provides an intensive three-week term in January. Numerous workshops and special courses are offered throughout the year and may meet in an abbreviated time frame. Official grades are issued at the end of a term, not at the end of a course.


Summer session begins with May Term, a three-week period immediately following the close of Semester II, followed by summer session proper, an eight-week session (June-early August). Although the session is eight weeks in length, most courses last less than eight weeks, usually four weeks, beginning in June and July. The university provides many courses ranging from General Education offerings to specialized courses for majors. There are also undergraduate and graduate level certification and up-date courses for school professionals and others. Undergraduate degree-seeking students are encouraged to use the summer session to work out irregularities in their programs, to add courses beyond minimum requirements and to make up deficiencies. Complete graduate programs are available for those who wish to attend in summers only.

A select number of programs require  year-round attendance.




This catalog is a record of undergraduate programs, courses, policies, staff and facilities as of April 1, 2001.

Last Modified Monday, November 25, 2002
Copyright & copy; 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 by the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse and the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System. All Rights Reserved.