Welcome to the Online Education homepage at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The primary purpose of this site is to serve as a resource for current and prospective students, as well as faculty and instructional academic staff interested in online education.
Online courses and programs continue to gain popularity with college students and faculty across the country; in response to this increased interest in online education, UWL continues to make steady progress in both quality and quantity of individual courses and degree programs offered online.
UWL has been recognized for the quality of its online education programs by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), a professional organization that advances online education quality worldwide, earning the organization's OLC Quality Scorecard Exemplary Endorsement.
The OLC Quality Scorecard applies research-based benchmarks and standards to help institutions of higher education evaluate the quality of their online learning programs. Institutions can then use the scorecard to determine their strengths and weaknesses, and help identify and initiate planning efforts where improvements are needed. UWL has also been distinguished for the quality of its online education programs by Bestcolleges.com, which offers free resources including college rankings, user-friendly guides, and other in-depth academic resources for students.
UWL has also been ranked #2 for the Best Online Colleges in Wisconsin in 2017 according to Collegechoice.net, based based on instituational excellence and student success, including data from college websites, PayScale, U.S. News and World Report, and the National Center for Education Statistics.
Here's what some students are saying about online offerings at UWL:
"Taking an online class allowed me to experience a new type of learning and, in addition, work and learn the material at my own pace and at my own understanding."
"As a first-time online student I was amazed at how effective the online learning experience was. Whenever I had a question about an assignment or any concerns, the feedback was almost immediate. Online learning enables you to set your own pace for reading and taking tests."
"My learning experience online has been an awesome one! I never thought I would learn as much as I actually have. One of the pros about learning online is that you can go at your own pace; it's nice to be able to take your time and make sure you get it right."