The Academic Initiative (AI) program was approved by the UW Board of Regents and created in 2003-2004 after a campus wide task force selected the four cornerstones of the program to be advising, research, internationalization, and diversity. The program currently costs $30 per semester and when it began the University matched every student dollar for dollar. However, this match no longer exists and the cost to continue the program will have to increase. Because AI is a differential tuition, it is required to be assessed and presented to the UW Board of Regents for reauthorization this year.
Current Initiatives Funded
-Academic Advising CenterO – Currently located in Cartwright Center, this office assists undecided majors and general students with their advising needs. ($350,000)
-Office of Campus ClimateO– Central diversity office at UWL responsible for Awareness Through Performance, student, staff, and faculty trainings, and many other diversity initiatives on the UWL Campus. ($170,000)
-Diversity RecruiterO – Seeks to promote UWL in communities with more diverse populations and brings hosts multicultural student campus visits. ($75,000)
-Undergraduate Research*O – Provides undergraduate student research opportunities by funding research grants up to $2100 to further student’s studies and interests. ($125,000)
-Graduate Research* – Provides grant opportunities for graduate research. ($45,000)
-International Education* – Offers $300-$1500 stipends to students who wish to travel abroad and for our international students who wish to study at UW-L ($175,000)
-Disability Resource ServicesO – Test taking services provided for students that identify with a disability. ($24,000) -Learning Center*O– Central location in Murphy Library (256 & 257) that will house the Writing Resource Center & Science and Math Tutoring Center; this also includes expanded hours for tutoring. ($120,000)
-Violence Prevention Office*O – Resource on campus to assist students with relationship violence, issues of stalking, sexual assault, and many other forms of violence. VPO assists with advocacy and support. ($20,000)
-Library Databases* – Increases in online database programs and services ($120,000)
-Library Hours* – Increase library hours by at least 10 additional hours per week and during finals week. ($50,000)
*Indicates a program enhancement
O Indicates where positions are funded All programs are subject to final allocations by the Academic Initiative Oversight Committee and are subject to change.