Student Success & Reimagining the First Year expanding section

UWL MissionThe 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. 

Student success resources for STUDENTS.

Student success resources for INSTRUCTORS.

Re-Imagining the First Year (RFY) is a AACSU project aimed at ensuring success for all students, particularly those who have historically been underserved by higher education: low income, first generation, and students of color. UWL is one of a coalition of 44 member institutions that will work together for three calendar years (2016-2018) to develop comprehensive, institutional transformation that redesigns the first year of college and creates sustainable change for student success.  Provost Betsy Morgan and Tim Dale are UWL's team leaders. 

Community Engagement & Service Learning expanding section

Community Engagement

UWL values civic engagement and a commitment to the Wisconsin Idea, in which our socially responsible campus serves as a resource for our increasingly interconnected local, state, and global communities, collaborating and sharing resources and expertise to improve the human condition. UWL has developed a Community Portal the purpose of which is to foster learning and research collaborations in and out of the classroom while building stronger relationships between UWL and community partners in addition to our ongoing community-UWL collaborations.

Service Learning

Service Learning is a general term for a wide range of pedagogies that are based in the community. More than volunteering, service learning projects work best when they strike a good balance between the learning needs of the student and the "common good" needs of the community partner. UWL's Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning provides information on service-learning strategies, resources, and current opportunities in the community.  

Constitution Day expanding section

Every Fall, on or near Constitution Day, and in honor of the founders of the USA, UWL hosts a Constitution Day exhibit in the Murphy Library.  An online resource guide on the U.S. Constitution and Constitution Day is also available.  Click here for more information.

Enrollment Management Council expanding section

Purpose, Charge, Assumptions and Membership

Adopted 10.28.15


The purpose of the Enrollment Management Council (EMC) is to develop a strategic enrollment management plan that considers how changes in total and compositional student enrollment will affect all areas of the institution, including academic affairs, student affairs, auxiliaries, and overall budget. Because student enrollment affects the entire university, managing enrollments from application to graduation requires involvement across all facets of the institution. EMC also advises Joint Planning & Budget of enrollment targets and possible financial effects. This committee should meet at least once each semester.

Ongoing Committee Charge

  1. Review and establish enrollment targets for incoming new students to UWL for the fall term of each year. This target will be set by September 1 of the prior year.

  2. Review and establish enrollment targets for incoming new students to UWL for the spring term of each year. This target will be set by September 1 of the prior year.

  3. Review campus activities for better understanding of programs, efforts, and student populations that contribute to overall enrollment at the institution.

  4. Review student success metrics related to retention and graduation rates of students at the university.


  1. Create a repository of current retention efforts taking place at the institution. Review in late spring 2016. (Michelle Sturm of Academic Advising Center is point person for this effort.)

  2. Review sample enrollment management plans from other institutions to better understand structure and scope of these plans. (Spring 2016)


  1. Discuss options other than point of entry to the university for managing enrollments in specific departments at UWL (goal for 2016-17 year).

Members of the EMC

Director of Admissions (or designee)

Director of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Planning (or designee)

First-Year Experience Coordinator (or designee)

Associate Dean of Diversity & Inclusion (or designee)

Dean, College of Science & Health (or designee)

Dean, College of Business Administration (or designee)

Dean, College of Liberal Studies (or designee)

Dean, School of Education (or designee)

Registrar (or designee)

Director of Academic Advising & Career Services (or designee)

Director of Financial Aid (or designee)

Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (or designee)

Vice Chancellor for Administration & Finance (or designee)

Director of Graduate Studies (or designee)

Chair of Faculty Senate (or designee)

Director of International Education & Engagement (or designee)

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (or designee)

Director of Residence Life (or designee)

Director of Continuing Education (or designee)

Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (or designee)

Executive Director, Alumni Association (or designee) (added 8/2016)

Executive Committee Membership and Charge

CHARGE: Meet to determine the agenda for the EMC including preliminary recommendations on key targets and benchmarks. Bring in other members of campus community as needed for discussions at EMC.

Director of Admissions (or designee)

Director of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Planning (or designee)

First-Year Experience Coordinator (or designee)

Associate Dean of Diversity & Inclusion (or designee)

Leadership Development expanding section

Academic Affairs encourages leadership development within units and departments. Interested individuals are encouraged to speak to their supervisors about opportunities and training. Supervisors are encouraged to provide professional development opportunities for staff and faculty in the realm of leadership.

Academic staff members may be able to secure funding through Academic Staff Council’s Professional Development Program.

Staff and faculty new to leadership roles are encouraged to utilize the resources of Human Resources - especially their Employee Relations Specialist in terms of aspects of supervising and job training.

Many professional organizations have leadership development programs and individuals may find these programs the most applicable to their work lives.  Below additional examples of programs are provided.

For whom


Academic Staff


UW’s leadership program

CIC Academic Leadership Program

National Center for Faculty - Faculty Success Program

Department Chairs/Program Directors

Discipline Specific Chair Development

ACE Department Chairs Workshops

National Graduate Directors Annual Meeting

Academic Leadership Academy


Associate Deans/Deans

International Council of Fine Arts Deans (ICFAD) Fellows Program

Council of Colleges of Arts & Sciences (CCAS)

Harvard Institute for Higher Education Leadership

AACSB Deans’ and Associate Deans’ conferences contains

New Deans’ Workshop-five day AACSB program.

AASCU’s Becoming a Provost Academy

Academic Leadership Academy

Specific skills and/or populations

LGBT Leadership Conference

Mediation Skills at Winnebago Conflict Resolution Center

CASE Summer Institute in Educational Fundraising

Leadership Development Grants (UWL)

Individuals who wish to pursue leadership development outside of their home units or departments may contact the Provost’s Office with a specific proposal for obtaining training or development that does not require supervisor approval.  Proposals cannot exceed $1000 and will be limited to no more than 3 per year (first come first served).

States Authorization expanding section

UWL is part of the National Council for States Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). 


More information on authorizations may be found here.

Important Notice to Students Regarding Professional Licensure: If you are considering an online academic program that leads to a professional license, it is highly recommended you contact the appropriate licensing agency where you plan to receive instruction before beginning your academic program. SARA does not provide reciprocity for state professional licensing requirements.  Academic programs and individual graduates must meet standards set by that state’s licensure requirements in order for a graduate to be eligible for a license.

TEDx expanding section

TEDx: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxUWLaCrosse, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.