In support of the UW-Whitewater Strategic Plan, Strategic Initiative Grants have been awarded to Dr. Julie Minikel-Lacocque (Curriculum & Instruction) and to Dr. Prajukti Bhattacharyya (Geography, Geology, & Environmental Science) with Dr. Catherine Chan (Biological Sciences and Chemistry).
Dr. Minikel-Lacocque’s project, “National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) Diversity Training”, will bring the internationally-renowned organization, NCBI to the UW-Whitewater campus to lead a workshop in the College of Education and Professional Studies entitled, “Welcoming Diversity/Prejudice Reduction” and conduct a second (train-the-trainer) workshop that will enable participants to facilitate future diversity-focused trainings across campus and in the community. NCBI is highly recognized for their transformative training in reducing prejudice and working to end oppression. This project will establish an affiliate relationship between NCBI and UWW, the first of its kind within the UW System, and “provide our campus community with the skills and knowledge to approach issues related to diversity, oppression, and social justice” (from the proposal).
Drs. Bhattacharyya and Chan have teamed together to implement a project entitled, “Sustained High-Impact Practice (HIP) for Student Success: Infusing Research Across College Curricula.” The goal of the project is to “infuse authentic research activities in both lower- and upper-level courses spanning all disciplines” (from the proposal). Fifteen faculty and staff members from the UW-Whitewater and UW-Rock County campuses will be invited to join a learning community to develop and incorporate specific research skills (e.g., critical thinking, data analysis, oral/written communication) and appropriate learning activities into their courses. The project will provide participants with an intensive professional development opportunity to create a learning space where students can “engage in deep learning and proven HIPs.”
Both of these projects will contribute significantly to the UW-Whitewater strategic goals to enhance diversity and student success.
The academic plan provides a vision to guide future academic program planning. It affirms enduring aspects of a UW-Whitewater education while recognizing how our special mission, the anticipated changes in the student body, and our commitment to a meaningful process of academic assessment and curricular improvement, mean that we must plan for continuous change in order to best serve our students. It fully supports shared governance and the importance of disciplinary expertise and recognizes that the diversity of programs, perspectives, and individual contributions are essential for a thriving University.
Serving Our Community, State, & Region: UW-W Campus Academic Planning - Approved February 13. 2018
Purpose: In the spirit of the Wisconsin idea, this document is intended to provide direction for sustainable and meaningful
campus growth that will prepare students to solve problems and address the concerns of the citizens of Wisconsin in an increasingly
diverse and evolving global community.