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ABOUT UW-LA CROSSE


ACCREDITATION

UW-SYSTEM MISSION

UW-L CORE MISSION

UW-L SELECT MISSION

UW-L ADMINISTRATION

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SYSTEM BOARD OF REGENTS

UW SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION

UW-LA CROSSE: A PROFILE

SCHOOL YEAR

State Authorization OF DISTANCE EDUCATION


ACCREDITATION

- 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 Athletic Training Education
- Commission on Accreditation for Physical Therapy Education
- Council on Accreditation of the National Recreation and Park Association/American Association for Leisure and Recreation
- Council of 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 Sport Management
- Higher Learning Commission and member of the North Central Association (www.ncahlc.org; 312-263-0456)
- Program in Nuclear Medicine Technology is accredited by the Joint Review Committee of Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology through affiliated hospitals
- Program in Clinical Laboratory Science is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences through affiliated hospitals
-
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) 

approved by:
- American Association of University Women
- American Society of Microbiology
- National Association of School Psychologists

a member of:
-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


UW-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 humane 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.


UW-L 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 inter-institutional 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.


UW-L SELECT MISSION

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-L fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration,
innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-L is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.


UW-L ADMINISTRATION

Office of the Chancellor
   Chancellor - Joe Gow
   Assistant Chancellor, University Advancement – Greg Reichert
   Affirmative Action Officer – Nizam Arain

Division of Academic Affairs
   Provost & Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs – Heidi Macpherson
   Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs – Robert Hoar, Interim
   Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management – vacant
   Director of School of Education – Marcie Wycoff-Horn

College of Business Administration
   Dean – Bruce May
   Associate Dean – Glenn Knowles, Interim

College of Liberal Studies/School of Arts and Communication
   Dean – Ruthann Benson
   Associate Deans – Charles Martin-Stanley, Julia Johnson

College of Science and Health
   Dean – Bruce Riley
   Associate Dean – Ray Abhold

Division of Student Affairs  
   Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs – Paula Knudson
   Associate Dean of Students – Barbara Stewart
   Assistant Dean of Students – John Palmer

Division of Administration and Finance
   Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance – Robert Hetzel
   Assistant Vice Chancellor, CIO – Mohamed Elhindi 
   Assistant Vice Chancellor, Budget and Finance – vacant


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 May, 2012:

Brent Smith, La Crosse, President
Michael J. Falbo, Hartland, Vice President
Jeffrey Bartell, Madison
John R. Behling, Eau Claire
Mark J. Bradley, Wausau
John Drew, Milwaukee
Tony Evers, Madison
Tim Higgins, Appleton
Tracy Hribar, Franksville
Edmund Manydeeds, Eau Claire
Regina Millner, Madison
Katherine Pointer, Madison
Charles Pruitt, Milwaukee
Gary Roberts, Onalaska
Mark Tyler, Woodville
José Vásquez, Wauwatosa
David G. Walsh, Madison
Gerald Whitburn, Wausau


UW SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION

Kevin Reilly, President
Mark Nook, Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs and Student Affairs
Michael Morgan, Senior Vice President Administration and Fiscal Affairs
Deborah A. Durcan, Vice President, Finance


UW-LA CROSSE: A PROFILE

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse continues to position itself among the country's elite public universities. The university is the state's top-ranked public or private higher education institution by the US News & World Report for master's degree institutions and has been ranked among the top four Midwestern public institutions for the past decade. UW-L is also listed annually among Kiplinger's Top 100 Best Values.

The student body of just more than 10,200 from 37 states and more than 40 countries is impressive. The retention rate is an outstanding 85 percent. The six-year graduation rate for students beginning in fall 2005 was 69 percent, well above the 58 percent national average. Twenty percent of students study abroad. International impact shapes the campus with nearly 400 students from 44 countries.

UW-L offers 91 undergraduate programs in at least 30 disciplines, and 25 graduate programs and emphases. Students learn directly from professors, not assistants. A 20:1 student-faculty ratio means small classes.

The university's intercollegiate athletic teams-the Eagles-compete in 19 sports, predominately in the NCAA III, and have earned 60 national titles-26 since 2001. The university is proud of the Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex, a $16.6 million athletic complex completed in 2009 and funded entirely by private donations. The site is home to the annual WIAA State High School Track and Field Championships and has hosted the NCAA III National Track and Field Championships.

The campus lies in a residential section of the city of La Crosse (population 52,000-metro 133,665). La Crosse is a major point of interest on the Great River Road that winds north and south through 10 states along the Mississippi River. The city is nestled on the east bank of the river below towering 500-foot bluffs separated by steep-walled ravines known as coulees. See more about the city at www.explorelacrosse.com.

UW-L offers much to western Wisconsin by hosting cultural events, regional and national conferences, and prominent speakers. UW-L works cooperatively with other area education and medical institutions to foster cutting-edge health care in the region, as well as a state-of-the-art health research and education facility.

The university's history dates back to 1909 when the La Crosse Normal School opened its doors as a teaching training school. It became a state teachers college in 1927, a state college in 1951, and a state university in 1964. The university became part of the University of Wisconsin System in 1971. Discover more at www.uwlax.edu.


SCHOOL YEAR

The academic calendar is based on semesters. Semester I (September through mid-December) and Semester II (January through mid-May) each contains 14 weeks of instruction plus one week of final exams. The standard class period is 55 minutes. Additionally, winter intersession 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. 

A select number of programs require year-round attendance.

 

State Authorization OF DISTANCE EDUCATION

The growth of distance education programs in recent years has brought with it greater opportunities for students as well as, unfortunately, some abuses of students which have resulted in high student debt loads and an increase in student loan defaults.  As a result, the US Department of Education released in 2010 “Program Integrity Rules” (34 C.F.R. § 600.9) which require that an institution offering educational programming across state lines must seek authorization in that other state to offer such programming.  Failing to obtain this authorization (or exemption in some cases) can result in the loss of Title IV (student loans and grants) funds for the educational institution offering the programming.  Additionally, the institution offering the programming must have clear procedures and information regarding the way a student might make a complaint about the institution. These initiatives are efforts by the US Department of Education to protect its Title IV investments in the American postsecondary educational system.

 

State Authorization Resources

The University of Wisconsin – La Crosse maintains an up-to-date site where students can check the status of our authorizations in other states: https://docs.google.com/a/uwlax.edu/document/d/1PTkq4NolFTJB2WEnLOkSwwJnWM0rdZcJ04NuaFoh1ww/edit.

 

Additionally, UW-La Crosse provides the following list of agencies where students can file a complaint against the University, as required in the Program Integrity Rules: http://wcet.wiche.edu/advance/state-approval-complaint.

 

For your convenience, the list of states in which the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse is officially exempted from authorization or in which it is authorized to offer educational programming is duplicated here:

State

Status

Comments

AK

Exempt

 

AL

Waiting

Application for authorization from UW System in progress – cannot offer courses at this time

AR

 Not authorized

UW-L will not be seeking authorization in this state because it is cost prohibitive – cannot offer courses

AZ

Exempt

 

CA

Exempt

 

CO

Exempt

 

CT

Exempt

 

DC

Exempt

 

DE

Exempt

 

FL

Exempt

 

GA

Exempt

 

HI

Exempt

 

IA

 Not authorized

UW-L will not be seeking authorization in this state because it is cost prohibitive – cannot offer courses

ID

Exempt

 

IL

Exempt

 

IN

Exempt

 

KS

Exempt

 

KY

Not authorized

UW-L will not be seeking authorization in this state because it is cost prohibitive – cannot offer courses

LA

Exempt

 

MA

Exempt

Can offer on-line courses only

MD

 Not authorized

UW-L will not be seeking authorization in this state because it is cost prohibitive – cannot offer courses

ME

Exempt

 

MI

Exempt

 

MN

Authorized

Disclaimer: See Below*

MO

Exempt

 

MS

Exempt

 

MT

Exempt

 

NC

Exempt

Can offer on-line courses only

ND

Exempt

Awaiting new application due August 31, 2013

NE

Exempt

 

NH

Exempt

Can offer on-line courses only

NJ

Exempt

 

NM

Exempt

 

NV

Exempt

 

NY

Exempt

 

OH

Exempt

Can offer on-line courses only

OK

Exempt

 

OR

Authorized

Can offer on-line courses only

PA

Authorized

 

RI

Exempt

 

SC

Exempt

 

SD

Exempt

 

TN

Exempt

 

TX

Authorized

Disclaimer: See Below**

UT

Exempt

 

VA

Exempt

 

VT

Exempt

 

WA

Exempt

Can offer on-line courses only

WV

Exempt

 

WY

Authorized

 

PR

In progress

Awaiting English translation of new regulations from July 2013

 

*MN STATUTE 136A.67: A school which is duly registered with the office, or any of its officials or employees may represent in advertisements and shall disclose in catalogues, applications, and enrollment materials that the school registered with the office by prominently displaying the following statement: 

The University of Wisconsin – La Crosse is registered as a public institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, sections 136A.61 to 136A.71.  Registration is not an endorsement of the institution.  Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

** TEXAS DISCLAIMER: The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code, as it is located in the State of Wisconsin and authorized by Chapter 36 of the Wisconsin Statutes, http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/36, as well as accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, http://www.ncahlc.org/component/com_directory/Itemid,/form_submitted,TRUE/institution,la crosse/showquery,/state,ANY/submit,Search/.

To file a complaint against the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, please refer to the following link and forms: http://www.uwlax.edu/finaid/uwcomplaintprocess.html.
Jenny Parks, University Compliance Officer