Posted January 7, 2019

HLC Focused Visit Update

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) Focused Visit conducted December 3-4 was a success. The review focused on enrollment and future financial planning to sustain quality and compliance with HLC criteria at the branch campuses.  In January, HLC will provide a summary report with their findings and recommendations based on the Focused Visit and Focused Visit Report.  Read the December 14 Update.

Human Resources Update

UW Colleges and UW-Extension Office of Human Resources continue to work in collaboration with colleagues in human resources-related functions at the RIs and the UW-Service Center.

UW Extended Campus Will Accelerate Course Offerings

UWSA announced the launch of UW Extended Campus on Dec. 11. The UW Extended Campus is a new enterprise that coordinates the UW System’s approach to online education and extends the reach of all existing UW institutions beyond their physical boundaries. All programs coordinated through the UW Extended Campus are partnerships: instruction and degrees come from the UW institutions while UW Extended Campus provides support to instructors and students, strategic marketing and student recruitment, and financial operations. Read more.

Posted November 6, 2018

Focused Visit Report submitted to HLC

UWSA submitted its Focused Visit Report to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) on October 16. The report reflects the UW System and the Receiving Institutions’ status and deployment of the restructuring. HLC will conduct interviews on the Focused Visit on December 3-4 in Madison to discuss the progress made on joining the branch campuses to the Receiving Institutions. Read the latest HLC Report and Visit Update.

Restructuring across the System News

Check out the stories of the alignment of the branch with the Receiving Institutions and restructuring updates from UWSA on the UW Restructuring Website News page.

Have a child thinking of a UW System college?

We have a page of FAQs for Parents to answers questions about academics, financial aid, application, and more if your child is thinking of starting their UW journey at one of the branch campuses.

Check out the branch campus websites

Learn more about the branch campuses after the alignment with their four-year university. Check out their websites.

Posted October 1, 2018

Higher Learning Commission Reporting

On October 15, the UWSA will submit a six-month report to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) to report progress toward the goals and objectives outlined in our restructuring application. UWSA is working with HLC Accredited Liaison Officers (ALOs) at the Receiving Institutions to organize content for the final report. UWSA and Receiving Institutions will meet with HLC Dec. 3-4, 2018. The report will include information on areas such as academic integrity, governance, tenure, alignment of Mission Statements, continuity of educational programs, and the impact of restructuring on-campus organization.

Thanks to Faculty & Staff for Work on Functional Teams

We want to thank those faculty and staff who served on Functional Teams that were assembled to conduct implementation planning in several restructuring areas. The Functional Teams also reviewed Regional Team recommendations. Some of those Functional Teams will sunset because their work has been accomplished. We appreciate the time they provided and their professional insights and leadership in our restructuring planning.

Functional Teams include communications, academic affairs, athletics, bursars, facilities and property, finance, financial aid, Higher Learning Commission, human resources, information technology, libraries, procurement, registrars, student information systems, student recruitment, and student VISAs.

Five things you need to know about the UW system’s restructuring.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an article on Sept. 13 looking at UW System’s restructuring project.  Read more.

Posted August 28, 2018

New Names For A New UW System

The Board of Regents (BOR) approved campus name changes for many of the new two-year branch campuses at the June and August BOR meetings. Prior to submitting campus name change requests to the Board, receiving institutions engaged numerous stakeholders in the renaming process and received a letter of support from the county board where each branch campus is located.

 UW Four-Year Institution UW Colleges Campus New Branch Campus Name
UW-Eau Claire UW-Barron County UW-Eau Claire – Barron County
UW-Green Bay UW-Manitowoc
UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus
UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus
UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus
UW-Milwaukee UW-Washington County
UW-Milwaukee at Washington County
UW-Milwaukee at Waukesha
UW-Oshkosh UW-Fond du Lac
UW-Fox Valley
UW-Platteville UW-Baraboo/Sauk County
UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County
UW-Platteville Richland
UW-Stevens Point UW-Marathon County
UW-Marshfield/Wood County
UW-Stevens Point at Wausau
UW-Stevens Point at Marshfield
UW-Whitewater UW-Rock County UW-Whitewater at Rock County

Higher Learning Commission Approves Restructuring

On June 29, 2018, the Higher Learning Commission approved the UW System’s application to restructure UW Colleges and UW-Extension. On July 1, 2018, UW Colleges’ 13 two-year campuses officially joined seven of the UW System’s four-year comprehensive and research institutions as branch campuses. Units of the statewide UW-Extension are now administered through UW-Madison and UW System Administration. Read the press release.

Application Fee Waived for Two-Year Branch Campuses

President Ray Cross announced at the June 7, 2018, Board of Regents meeting that application fees will be waived for all students applying to two-year UW campuses for the fall 2018 term. Read the press release here.

Application Fee Waiver Details:

  • AAS program at the 2-yr campuses (fee waiver in effect through September 7)
  • UW Colleges Online (fee waiver in effect through November 1)
  • AAS Flex (fee waiver in effect through November 1)

Transfer of Faculty Tenure for UW Colleges Faculty

At the Board of Regents meeting on June 7-8, 2018, the Board formally memorialized the transfer of faculty tenure from UW Colleges to the receiving institutions in resolution 11049.

Vision for the Future

Watch these videos from each receiving institution to learn more about their vision and goals for the future. Click here to watch President Cross and the receiving institution chancellors share their vision for expanding access and opportunity to students in Wisconsin.

UW-Eau Claire

UW-Green Bay





UW-Stevens Point


Restructuring on Your Campus

Stay in touch with the restructuring taking place on your campus by visiting your institution’s restructuring websites.

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