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The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is accredited by:
— American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (baccalaureate and master’s degree programs)
— American Chemical Society
— American Physical Therapy Association
— Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
— Council on Accreditation of the National Recreation and Park Association/American Association for Leisure and Recreation
— Council on Education for Public Health
— Council on Social Work Education
— National Association of Schools of Music
— National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
— North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
— Program in Nuclear Medicine Technology is accredited by the Joint Review Committee of Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology through affiliated hospitals
— National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science
—National Association for School Psychology
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
— 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, recrea-tional, 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 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 - Judith Kuipers
Assistant Chancellor,
     Admin. Services-Larry Lebiecki
Assistant Chancellor,
     Budget Planning and Control-Susan Schoenberger
Assistant Chancellor,
     University Advancement and ExternalnRelations-Louis Markwith
Assistant to Chancellor,
     Affirmative Action and Diversity-Alfred Thompson

Office of the Vice Chancellor/Provost
Provost/Vice Chancellor - Douglas Hastad (interim)
Associate Vice Chancellor Academic Services - Dale Montgomery (interim)
Assistant Vice Chancellor Information Technology - David Riley (interim)
Dean of Students - Tom Hood
Assistant Dean of Students - Michael Miyamoto
Director of Graduate Studies - Garth Tymeson
Executive Director, Human Resources - Jennifer Wilson

College of Business Administration
Dean - Rex Fuller
Associate Dean - Bill Colclough

College of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Dean - Garth Tymeson (interim)

School of Education
Director - Vacant

College of Science and Allied Health
Dean - Michael Nelson
Associate Deans - Ronald Rada, Martin Venneman

College of Liberal Studies
Dean - John Magerus
Associate Deans (interim) - Ruth Ann Benson, Robert Bilby

School of Arts andCommunication
Director, Vacant







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, 1998:
— San W. Orr, Jr., Wausau President
— Jonathan B. Barry, Mt. Horeb
— John T. Benson, Madison
— Patrick G. Boyle, Madison
— JoAnne Brandes, Sturtevant
— Bradley D. DeBraska, Milwaukee
— Alfred S. De Simone, Kenosha
— Guy A. Gottschalk, Wisconsin Rapids
— Kathleen J. Hempel, Green Bay
— Ruth Marcene James, Fennimore
— Virginia R. MacNeil, Bayside
— Toby E. Marcovich, Superior
— Frederic E. Mohs, Madison
— Jose A. Olivieri, Milwaukee
— Gerard A. Randall, Jr., Milwaukee
— Jay L. Smith, Middleton,
          Vice President
— Grant E. Staszak, River Falls











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 9,300 students, 700 of whom are graduate students. The students are from 36 states and 42 foreign countries; more than 4% are from racially under-represented groups. The University offers 70 undergraduate majors in 30 disciplines. There are over 350 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 82% of whom hold terminal degrees.

The average ACT score of the 1998 freshman class was 23.7, second highest in the UW System. Sixty-two 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 $5 million in grant funding that has been awarded to faculty and staff annually.

Upon graduation, 95 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 32 buildings, including 12 used for instruction, academic support, and administrative purposes; 11 residence halls and 3 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 and Skyway Airlines provide regular passenger service to major midwestern air terminals.







Courses are regularly offered during three terms: Summer Session (June through early August), Semester I (September through mid-December), and Semester II (January through May). Each semester contains 14 weeks of instruction plus one week of final exams. The standard class period is 55 minutes. A limited number of classes are offered between terms, during three-week intersessions in January and May. Numerous special institutes and workshops are offered throughout the year.






During the summer months, the university provides: (1) balanced undergraduate programs for students who wish to complete degree requirements in less than four years; (2) undergraduate courses for certification and professional growth of teachers; (3) graduate courses for classroom teachers, school administrators, and others; (4) enrichment programs for both undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate students enrolled during the two regular semesters 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.

There is one eight-week summer session; however, many courses last less than eight weeks, usually four weeks. Grades are issued at the end of the summer session, not at the end of the course.


This catalog is a record of undergraduate programs, courses, policies, staff and facilities as of April 1, 1999. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse reserves the right to change any of the information in this catalog at any time and without giving prior notice. This catalog does not establish a contractual relationship. For a further explanation of your rights and responsibilities as a student please see the Welcome and Note to Students section.

Last Modified Saturday, September 04, 1999
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