PROGRAMS AND LEARNING
Goal 1: Review the current academic program array (undergraduate and graduate), adjusting program size and creating new academic programs that align with the university mission, resources, evolving workforce, institutional plans for growth, and projected state, regional, and national needs.
Leader: Greg Cook, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Each of the five colleges developed timelines for analyzing their current arrays, discussing future directions for their college, and developing strategies for implementing desired adjustments.
The Academic Affairs Staff retreat in August 2013 addressed these issues, with each of the five Deans issuing one-page summaries of their program array analysis and planning. Discussion focused on anticipating enrollment trends and program growth/decline in order to keep program planning ahead of actual enrollment demands. Resource needs were also discussed.
UWW is preparing the next version of its Campus Master Plan, and an important part of this long-range planning is the anticipated evolution of program array.
All colleges, however, continue to evolve in response to student and community needs:
The College of Arts & Communication (A&C) launched a Graphic Design BFA program.
The College of Business and Economics (CoBE) worked with the School of Graduate Studies & Continuing Education (SGSCE) to file propose two new graduate programs: Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) and Master's of Science Degree in Applied Economics. The DBA degree was approved by the UW System and the Board of Regents, and currently awaits approval by the Higher Learning Commission. This will be the first doctoral program ever offered by our campus. The MS in Applied Economics is currently awaiting approval by the Board of Regents.
CoBE launched a major in International Business
CoBE implemented a new MBA curriculum in fall 2013 that has global understanding as an over-arching goal. New course requirements assure that all MBA students study global issues, and these learning outcomes are measured in common assignments.
Occupational & Environmental Safety & Health (OESH) will move from the College of Education & Professional Studies (COEPS) to CoBE in the 2014-15 academic year. The department has made substantial progress in the development of a fully online MS degree, which has its starting date set for fall 2014.
In COEPS, the Autism Certificate and Adaptive Physical Education License programs continue to grow. All teacher licensure programs in the college are being realigned to ensure passing of the edTPA exam, consequential in 2015. Elementary, early childhood, and special education programs are being realigned to ensure passing of the Wisconsin Foundations of Reading Exam, consequential in 2014. COEPS is currently piloting the new literacy assessment for Special Education, MCEA and Early Childhood Education majors. The Health, Phys. Ed, Recreation and Coaching Department offered HEALTHED 496, "Health Promotion in the Global Community," as a special studies course in anticipation of development as a regular course.
The Department of Counselor Education in COEPS completed curricular revisions to have a 60-credit Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in place by Summer 2013.
The College of Letters & Sciences (L&S) introduced majors in Computer Scineces, new Environmental Science, and Japanese Studies. They also added a new minor in Film Studies and implemented a new Professional Writing curriculum that will give students more options for writing in the business world. Within L&S, the Race and Ethnic Studies program has moved under the administrative umbrella of Women's Studies while the program is revamped under new leadership. In the meantime, however, they developed a Diversity Leadership Certificate to address current business needs. The Political Science Department added both a new Legal Studies emphasis to their major and a Peace and Justice Studies minor. The college also approved a new major in Criminology (to replace the current major in Sociology with a Criminal Justice emphasis), and this major now awaits approval by the UW System Board of Regents.
The University created and approved an Intensive English Program, debuting Fall 2014, which will attract and keep a greater number of international students at UWW.
The Associate Vice Chancellor's office coordinated a process to update information used for Major Mania and the UW System database of active academic programs on campus.
The ITBE curriculum is being refined to ensure that the department is meeting the needs of students as well as the companies who hire the program graduates. To support this goal, the Lab facility is being redesigned to provide a more accessible environment for the following skills: Workstation management, network management, server administration, information system security. In particular, the curriculum will focus on how to manage devices connected to a corporate network (both wired and wireless), server management and key skills in administering a client/server environment, how to setup and manage computer network infrastructure, and fundamental skills required to assure both system and information security. ICIT is launching a redesigned lab environment during 13-14 academic year.
The Center for Global Education underwent a major self-assessment and realignment in order to increase the number of students with international experiences (a 4.8% increase in 2012-13), improve faculty involvement in study abroad initiatives, and create greater efficiency in office operations.
SGSCE continued its oversight of the Academic Transformation Program, in 2012-13 organizing compensation and coverage of expenses relevant to the final deployment of the revision of MATH 141.
Plans for 2013-14:
Members of the Academic Affairs Staff will continue discussions and review of the academic program array, working toward a comprehensive report during the 2013-14 academic year.
L&S and SGSCE are exploring the prospect of developing a Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW) and a Master's of Science Degree in Computer Science.
Dr. Catherine Chan and Associate Dean Seth Meisel (SGSCE) will submit a $1 million grant proposal in Dec. 2013 to support curricular revisions, summer bridge and field experiences and extensive support networks to increase STEM student retention by 25% by 2019. The grant will incorporate a significant self-study on STEM student retention and success based on data collected by Ed Furlong and analyzed by a student research assistant (funded by SGSCE). Preliminary results of this study of patterns of STEM student retention (and the relationship with initial math preparation and distinct introductory STEM courses) were presented at the UWW Assessment Day and the OPID conference.