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The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is accredited
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 Association of Schools of Music
National Association of Sport and Physical Education/North American Society for
The Higher Learning Commission
Program in Nuclear Medicine Technology is accredited by the Joint Review
Committee of Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology through
Program in Clinical Laboratory Science is accredited by the National Accrediting
Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences through affiliated hospitals.
American Association of University Women
National Association of School Psychologists
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
American Association of State Colleges and Universities
American Council on Education
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
North Central Association
Service Members Opportunity Colleges
West Central Wisconsin Consortium
Wisconsin Campus Compact
The System Mission
institution of the University of Wisconsin System shares in the mission of the
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:
Offer associate and baccalaureate degree level and selected graduate
programs within the context of its approved mission statement.
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.
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.
Offer a program of pre-professional curricular offerings consistent with
the university’s mission.
Expect scholarly activity, including research, scholarship and creative
endeavor that support its programs at the associate and baccalaureate degree
level, its selected graduate programs, and its approved mission statement.
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.
Participate in inter-institutional relationships in order to maximize
educational opportunity for the people of the state effectively and efficiently
through the sharing of resources.
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.
Support activities designed to promote the economic development of the
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:
The University shall emphasize excellence in educational programs and
The University shall provide a broad base of liberal education as a
foundation for the intellectual, cultural, and professional development of the
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.
The University shall offer graduate programs and degrees related to areas
of emphasis and strength within the institution.
The University expects scholarly activity, including research,
scholarship and creative endeavor that support its programs at the baccalaureate
degree level, its selected graduate programs, and its special mission.
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
& Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs - Elizabeth Hitch
Chancellor, Administration & Finance - Ronald Lostetter
Chancellor, Advancement - Kenna Christians
to Chancellor, Affirmative Action and Diversity - Alfred Thompson
Office of the Provost and Vice
Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Chancellor - Elizabeth Hitch
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs–Vijendra Agarwal
Information Officer/Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology -John
of Student Development and Academic Services - Petra Roter
College of Business
- William Colclough
Dean - Bruce May
College of Liberal Studies
of Arts and Communication
Dean - John Mason
Associate Deans - Ruthann Benson; Charles Martin-Stanley
College of Science and Allied
Dean - Michael Nelson
Associate Deans - Karen Palmer McLean; Keith Beyer
University of Wisconsin systeM BoarD OF regents
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 April 2005:
Toby Marcovich, Superior, President
David Walsh, Madison, Vice President
Roger Axtell, Janesville
Mark Bradley, Wausau
Elizabeth Burmaster, Madison
Eileen Connolly-Keesler, Oshkosh
Danae Davis, Milwaukee
Guy Gottschalk, Wisconsin Rapids
Gregory Gracz, Milwaukee
Jose Olivieri, Milwaukee
Milton McPike, Mazomanie
Charles Pruitt, Milwaukee
Gerard A. Randall, Jr., Milwaukee
Beth Richlen, Madison
Peggy Rosenzweig, Wauwatosa
Jesus Salas, Milwaukee
Brent Smith, La Crosse
Kevin P. Reilly, President
Cora B. Marrett, Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs
Donald J. Mash, Executive Vice President
— Deborah A. Durcan, Vice President, Finance
UW-La Crosse: A
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
UW-L has 8,700 students, 600 of whom are graduate students. The students
are from 35 states and 45 foreign countries; more than 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 2004 freshman class was 24.9, second highest
in the UW System. Eighty-six percent of the new freshmen ranked in the top 25
percent of their high school graduating class. The first-to-second year
retention rate is 86 percent. There are many opportunities for students to
participate in and benefit from the $9.9 million in grant funding 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
2002-03. (most recent data available)
The 118-acre campus has 33 buildings, including 19 used for instruction,
academic support, and administrative purposes; 11 residence halls and three
The campus is in a residential section of the eastern part
of the City of La Crosse (city pop. 51,818; metropolitan area pop. 107,120). 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 Seven Rivers 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
(The empire builder to Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and westward) 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
The School Year
The School Year
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. Grades can be posted after a
course has ended; however, official grade point averages are updated at the end
of the term only.
Summer term consists of three four-week sessions,
beginning in late May and ending in mid-August. The university provides many
courses ranging from General Education offerings to specialized courses for
majors. There also are 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.
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