Student Handbook

Commitment to a Quality Educational Environment

Members of the UW-Whitewater community have a shared responsibility to sustain and develop the quality of the educational environment in all areas of campus life.

In curricular matters, members of the UW-Whitewater community have a responsibility to promote, and a right to expect:

  1. A coherent educational experience, providing a strong liberal arts curriculum integrated with professional preparation. Our goal is to develop the skills needed for further study and continued personal, intellectual and professional development.
  2. Course offerings consistent with timely completion of degree objectives.
  3. Intellectually challenging course content and an active interchange between students and faculty/staff that creates an environment for engagement in the learning experience.
  4. A supportive advising relationship between a student and a faculty/staff member for assistance with on-going educational planning, appraisal of academic progress, and the pursuit of educational and personal goals. Students are expected to learn the requirements for their degrees, seek advice from faculty and staff, and accept responsibility for their decisions. Advisers should be accessible, knowledgeable about academic requirements and campus resources, and willing to help students solve problems.
  5. Constructive feedback offered through clear, timely, noncapricious evaluation of students' ability to meet course expectations and faculty/staff members' effectiveness in the classroom. Results of evaluation processes should be available within reasonable protections of privacy.

A positive educational environment is created when faculty and staff:

  • Are knowledgeable and up-to-date about the subject under study;
  • Use effective teaching approaches to engage students in active learning;
  • Hold students to high, clearly articulated guidelines for performance;
  • Create opportunities for quality contact by honoring regularly scheduled office hours and appointments;
  • Are courteous to and supportive of each other.

A positive educational environment is created when students:

  • Prepare for and participate fully in every class and structured learning activity;
  • Invest the time and effort demanded by course requirements;
  • Complete assignments in a timely fashion;
  • Initiate contacts with faculty and staff;
  • Strive to apply what they learn in class to their lives outside the classroom and to apply their life experience into their studies; and
  • Are courteous to and supportive of each other.