Strategic initiatives and college committees

Academic Oversight Committee
The Academic Oversight Committee is the standing committee in the college that reviews, evaluates and formally approves new programs housed within CLS (majors, minors, emphases, certificate programs, etc.) and CLS core and degree program requirements. The committee's larger roles are to maintain and safeguard the integrity of the CLS-related programs as is appropriate for the diverse needs of the college and to encourage pedagogical, interdisciplinary and programmatic innovations in the college. Materials to be reviewed by the committee should be submitted to the chair in the format used by UCC.

Creative Imperatives Committee

Creative Imperatives has been established to:

  • Promote the creative/scholarly works of faculty, students, and staff in the School of Arts and Communication at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
  • Invigorate dialogue about arts and communication with regionally, nationally, and internationally renowned artists and scholars.
  • Showcase innovative and thought-provoking performances, presentations, lectures, and exhibitions for the greater La Crosse and University communities

Inclusive Excellence Committee

The function of the IE Committee includes partnering with other groups on campus engaged in IE-related work as well as develop “campaigns” to raise awareness about IE and to help create buy-in across the college. 

Recruitment and Retention Committee
The Recruitment and Retention Committee serves as an advisory committee to the dean on matters related to the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students. In an advisory capacity, the committee assists in the development and implementation of plans, strategies, programs, and activities that support, facilitate, and enhance the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students.

Recognition of Excellence Committee
The Recognition of Excellence Committee reviews excellence award nominations for undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty and selects the honorees.
The committee is comprised of the two CLS Associate Deans and three CLS Department Chairs.

Sabbatical Committee

Reviews all sabbatical leave proposals from the College of Liberal Studies faculty.

Conducts interviews with sabbatical leave proposers.
Assesses the strengths and weaknesses of all CLS sabbatical proposals.

Strategic Planning Committee

The CLS Strategic Planning Committee is charged to develop a plan that will identify current and future College proirities and guide decisions regarding operational and strategic allocations of resources. The College strategic plan will be a living document that will complement existing efforts, such as the Inclusive Excellence Initiative, facilitate and promote a culture of consultation and collaboration among faculty, staff, students, and administrators. The committee will establish benchmarks or other mechanisms for assessment that support routine reporting requirements, including the provision of an annual report to the Dean.

Please contact CLS Associate Dean Charles Martin-Stanley at if you have any questions about committees.