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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




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.
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.



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 under-
graduate 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
Provost & Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs - Elizabeth Hitch
Vice Chancellor, Administration & Finance - Ronald Lostetter
Assistant Chancellor, Advancement - Kenna Christians
Assistant to Chancellor, Affirmative Action and Diversity - Alfred Thompson
Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Provost/Vice Chancellor - Elizabeth Hitch
Chief Information Officer/Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology - John Tillman
Dean of Student Development and Academic Services - Petra Roter
Director of University Graduate Studies - R. Daniel Duquette (Interim)
College of Business Administration
Dean - William Colclough
Associate Dean - Bruce May
College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Teacher Education
Dean - Garth Tymeson (Interim)
Associate Deans - R. Daniel Duquette (Interim), Ronald Rochon (Interim)
School of Education
Director - Ronald Rochon (Interim)
College of Liberal Studies
Dean - John Magerus
Associate Deans - Ruthann Benson; Charles Martin-Stanley
School of Arts and Communication
Director - Ruthann Benson
College of Science and Allied Health
Dean - Michael Nelson
Associate Deans - Karen Palmer McLean (Interim); Ronald Rada




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, 2002:


-- Guy A. Gottschalk, Wisconsin Rapids, President

-- Roger E. Axtell, Janesville

-- Jonathan B. Barry, Mt. Horeb

-- Patrick G. Boyle, Madison

-- JoAnne Brandes, Sturtevant

-- Elizabeth Burmaster, Madison

-- Alfred S. De Simone, Kenosha

-- Gregory L. Gracz, Milwaukee

-- Tommie L. Jones, Jr., Oshkosh

-- James R. Klauser, Madison

-- Phyllis M. Krutsch, Washburn

-- Toby E. Marcovich, Superior, Vice President

-- Frederic E. Mohs, Madison

-- Jose A. Olivieri, Milwaukee

-- Gerard A. Randall, Jr., Milwaukee

-- Lolita Schneiders, Menomonee Falls

-- Jay L. Smith, Middleton








-- Katharine C. Lyall, President

-- Cora B. Marrett, Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs

-- 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. TheUW 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 areasof 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 8,700 students, 600 of whom are graduate students. The students are from 32 states and 45 foreign countries; five percent are from racially under-represented groups. The university offers 44 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 2002 freshman class was 24.4, second highest in the UW System. Seventy 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 $9.9 million in grant funding that has been awarded to faculty and staff annually.


Upon graduation, 98 percent of bachelor's degree graduates in the job market found full- or part-time employment within six months of graduation in 2001-02.


The 118-acre campus has 33 buildings, including 19 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:August 25, 2008
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