2014-Goal 9

      2014 Strategic Plan

      2014 Strategic Plan

      2013-2014 Champions

      A Special tribute to WARHAWKS for an amazing season of play in 2013-2014 year: (1) winning a record six National Championships, (2) achieving unprecedented trifecta in the NCAA sports history, and, (3) achieving best finish ever, second place in the 2013-14 NCAA Director's cup (highest in UWW history).

      GOAL 9

      Overview

      Goal IX:   Improve community and regional connections in ways that enhance UW-W capacity to align educational, cultural and athletic programs and services with community and regional needs, and assess the outcomes of these efforts.

      1.  Measure:  Define operational terms like "improve" and "community and regional needs."

      2.  Measure:  Assess number of programs, UWW students, and members of the public involved in relevant "connections:"  a. educational  b. cultural  c. athletic

      Team Leaders: Tom Rios, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs; Paul Plinske, Director of Athletics

      Executive Summary

      The committee discussed operational terms like "improve" and "community and regional needs."  Civic/Community Engagement has become somewhat of a catchphrase in higher education, and thus, it is difficult to define one size fits all;  it could mean various things to various people bringing diverse set of ideas and perspectives to the table.   Moreover, the practice of community engagement has become, for many, though not all students, obligatory and perfunctory.  Indeed, several schools are mandating a certain number of service learning/community engagement hours as part of undergraduate curriculum for their students.

      The definition for improvement, is recommended that "improvement" center on assessment of activities; more specifically, on aspects of student learning and practice within community.

      Indeed, the Carnegie Community Engagement Certification process revealed various approaches to assessing community engagement currently being undertaken. Nonetheless, our campus could benefit by having broader conversation about what community engagement means - as it relates to creating learning experiences for our students.

      Measures and Accomplishments

      Measures Accomplishments
       1.     Define operational terms like "improve" and "community and regional needs".

       

       
       


      2.     Assess number of programs, UWW students, and members of the public involved in relevant "connections:

       

       

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      c. Athletic
      Improve:  "improvement" center on assessment of activities; more specifically, on aspects of student learning and practice within community

      Community and Regional needs:   Civic/Community Engagement has become somewhat of a slogan in higher education, and thus, it could mean various things to various people bringing along diverse view points and perspectives to the conversation. 

       

      The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, through its Whitewater Incubation Program (WhIP) and the University Technology Park, has been of excellent resource and profile providing additional services to advance university-community connections, nurturing entrepreneurship and identifying pathways to engage citizens in the economic development of Wisconsin.   A host of services are offered at the innovation center and in addition a mix of educational events of interest in the form of seminars, workshops and lecture are being held throughout the year. 

       
      • Elements for Success monthly seminar series is being held at the Whitewater University Technology Park Innovation.
      • Building Partnerships to Launch and Grow Your Business-Choton Basu, faculty, COBE and James Jackson of Slipstream.  A mobile-based software app called GOStrive was developed in partnership with the National Parks and Recreation Association.  It's a great navigation tool enabling citizens to find out what's happening in the community.
      • The Fairhaven Lecture Series is celebrating 30 years of community discourse this current year.  UWW hosts these events and the faculty give talks and lead discussions at the Fairhaven Retirement Community in Whitewater.  The lectures are open and free to the public.
      • InterActiv Conference and Technology Academy targeting K-12 and Higher Ed Educators was held at UW-Whitewater in June 18-21, 2013.  Sessions were designed to provide valuable professional development for attendees. It is estimated that over 300 educators have  attended the conference.
      • The College of Education and Professional Studies sponsored a Collaborative Rube Goldberg type machine building event in conjuction with Fond du Lac Stem Academy and Whitewater LINCS Charter School.  ICIT provided the technology support.
      • Blackthorne Capital Management, the first private business tenant of the Whitewater Innovation Center, has been partnering with UW-Whitewater to develop software systems for the purpose of managing financial investment portfolios. UWW-ICIT is providing network infrastructure and security consultation services for the project.
      • The Andersen Library hosted a History Resources Workshop On August 22, 2012, as part of an educational outreach event
      • The College of Letters & Sciences created a new Science Outreach Coordinator position.  The coordinator facilitates outreach activities  to local schools, area libraries, museums,  engaging faculty and students.
      • JumpStart program (group advising)  has been implemented by the Academic Advising and Exploration Center during first 3 weeks of the semester with 73% of first-year class attending in Fall 2013.
      • The School of Graduate Studies & Continuing Education (SGSCE) engages the community by distributing a semi- bi-monthly newsletter chronicling its activities and highlighting those that impact the community.  Five newsletters were sent to a list of approximately 1,150 email addresses in AY 12-13 with an average open rate of 26.5% and 18.6% of SGSCE-related links clicked.  

      • The Andersen Library and the Children's center co-sponsored a cultural event for young children, on April 19, 2013 to participate in the library's First Annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover.
      • The University of Wisconsin Digital Collection's Photo Digitization project-the Special Collections at Anderson Library provided 200 campus building photographs and associated metadata to the project and developed call numbers and identified local collections expanding the database to benefit the community.
      • "Walworth County Genealogical Society research evening" hosted by Special Collections on May 7, 2013.
      • The Financial Aid office Financial Aid Nights at regional high schools and participated in Wisconsin Goal Sunday (part of National College Goal Sunday) to provide financial aid presentations and assistance with preparing the FAFSA.


       
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      Looking Forward: Future themes and Recommendations:

      Key areas to explore and bolster Learning and Assessment related to:

      • Insight. Into oneself, one's community, and one's world. How we think about ourselves, our work, our relationships with others.
      • Practice. Learning how to dwell in a place - "being in community" as opposed to just "working in community." Norms of engagement that make community/regional engagement a reciprocal relationship versus "let us come in and do for you."
      • Promise. Gathering compelling evidence that community engagement becomes real - that it prompts new "ways of being" and complements other disparate forms of learning.


      The committee recommends forming a "Council," with representation from Student Affairs and Academic Affairs, to develop action plans based upon the areas for exploration (insight, practice, and promise).  The Task Force recommends Student Affairs to assume a leadership role.

      2014 Strategic Plan

      2013-2014 Champions

      A Special tribute to WARHAWKS for an amazing season of play in 2013-2014 year: (1) winning a record six National Championships, (2) achieving unprecedented trifecta in the NCAA sports history, and, (3) achieving best finish ever, second place in the 2013-14 NCAA Director's cup (highest in UWW history).

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      Fax:  262-472-1670

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