The University of Wisconsin Colleges is a multi-campus institution committed to high-quality educational programs, preparing students for success at the baccalaureate level of education, providing the first two years of a liberal arts general education that is accessible and affordable, providing a single baccalaureate degree that meets local and individual needs, and advancing the Wisconsin Idea by bringing the resources of the University to the people of the state and the communities that provide and support its campuses.


  • To excel at delivering a liberal arts general education associate degree that prepares students for transfer to baccalaureate-granting institutions and professional programs.
  • To emphasize teaching excellence including the development, use and assessment of effective teaching methods.
  • To prepare students for lifelong learning, leadership, service and responsible citizenship.
  • To foster scholarly activity that supports the mission of the University of Wisconsin Colleges.
  • To serve the people of Wisconsin by promoting continuing education and outreach in Wisconsin communities.
  • To participate in collaborative relationships with other University of Wisconsin System institutions, the Wisconsin Technical College System, private colleges and K-12 public schools in order to maximize educational opportunities and resources for the people of Wisconsin.
  • To serve the needs of ethnically diverse students, students with disabilities and nontraditional students.
  • To make available as a service to business, industry and the general public the unique professional expertise of the faculty and staff.
  • To provide opportunities for civic and cultural enrichment in the communities that support its campuses.

Approved by the UW Board of Regents
June 9, 2011

Approved by the UW Colleges Senate
April 23, 2010


The UW Colleges will be Wisconsin’s institution of access, innovation and quality in teaching, learning and community service.

In order to realize the mission, all members of the UW Colleges community have a responsibility to promote and a right to expect:

Respect for Persons

Basic to respect is the freedom of inquiry and expression – the right to be heard and the obligation to listen. Respect is mutual; it is founded on the recognition that members of the community are multifaceted with many gifts and challenges and come from diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. The campus environment should be free from intimidation and harassment. Disagreement within the community is expected to be resolved through a process of mutual respect.

Personal Integrity

All community members must meet high standards of personal and academic integrity. Recognizing the value of others' time and effort, we strive to be accurate, to be timely and to evaluate critically. Views should be presented honestly – taking credit where credit is not due contradicts the goals of learning.

Individual Development

Initiative, critical thinking, the pursuit of truth and the exchange of ideas are essential to any academic experience. Community members should be committed to continuous improvement in themselves and others. All should be prepared to devote whatever time and effort is necessary both to educate and be educated. As the learning community fosters self-development, it should provide ample and accurate advising. Opportunities for professional development and training are essential for individual growth.

Considerate Assessment

The learning environment requires considerate assessment. The criteria for assessment should be mutually acknowledged, public and unambiguous. Assessment should be ongoing, focusing not only on individual community members but also on the educational process itself. The community helps its members to identify and assess their various responsibilities.

Responsive Institution

Each member of the community has a right and a responsibility to contribute to the success of the institution. The university should provide a responsive curriculum, smooth transfer procedures and fair grievance processes and policies. All segments should be involved in budgeting and other long-range planning. Leaders seek and respect input gained through the shared governance process so that decisions are made in the best interests of all members. Institutional and campus policies contribute to the success of all members of the community.