Academic Affairs

Spring 2018 End of Year Academic Affairs Newsletter


As another academic year comes to a close, I write with some important updates and reminders. This has been a whirlwind year!  

As we wish Deans Katy Heyning and David Travis well in their new appointments as Provosts (Dean Heyning at SUNY's College of Brockport and Dean Travis at UW-River Falls), we also welcome the leadership of Dr. Robin Fox and Dr. Frank Goza as interim deans in COEPS and COLS, respectively. It will be a year of transition for those two colleges as we will launch national searches for permanent deans beginning in the Fall 2018 semester. We will also have an interim dean serving in the new position at our Rock County branch campus beginning July 1, 2018. A call for interested applicants has been sent out via email and posted here:

In May, 23 LEAP teams are convening to discuss their progress during the spring 2018 semester and make plans for the 2018-2019 academic year.  Sixteen of the teams are working on projects related to Growth Mindset-inspired by the campus visit of Dr. David Yeager last August. All of these teams are working to enhance student belongingness and success. We are especially proud this year to host a leap team from UW-Rock County and a team that traveled all the way from SUNY-Geneseo. We thank Dale Splinter for leading the LEAP effort again this year as Special Assistant to the Provost!

We are nearing the end of our 3-year participation in the Re-imagining the First Year (RFY) initiative with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. This initiative has stimulated a lot of work and progress, including the Dr. David Yeager visit on Growth Mindset, Dr. Sandra McGuire's visit on student motivation and learning, a campus study on student mentoring, creation of a campus dashboard to explore rates of DFWI grades, an initiative to enhance engagement of sophomores in the general education core, and many other projects. All of this work will help us reach goals in our new university strategic plan, as well.

One of our big projects this year was to manage all of the transitional matters related to the UW-Colleges restructuring. We are very excited about our new branch campus at Rock County and have enjoyed the collaborative partnership we have built with colleagues there this year. For details on our campus plans, visit:  

Another important project we embarked upon this year is our Strategic Enrollment Planning (SEP) process. We have eight working groups composed of faculty, staff, administrators and students all working towards the development of a new plan that will help the university improve its enrollment position in the coming years. For details, visit:  

We are all looking forward to the summer break when there may be a little more down time for us to take a well-deserved vacation. Enjoy your time with family and friends.

In the meantime, we wish our UW-Rock County College colleagues a wonderful commencement and I look forward to seeing everyone else at the UW-W commencement on Saturday!
Susan Elrod, Ph.D. 
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs    


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Whitewater, WI 53190
Phone: 262-472-1672  
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