UW Colleges Mission & Goals


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. 

Approved by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System

June 9, 2011

Approved by the University of Wisconsin Colleges Senate

April 23, 2010


  1. To excel at delivering a liberal arts general education associate degree that prepares students for transfer to baccalaureate-granting institutions and professional programs.
  2. To emphasize teaching excellence including the development, use, and assessment of effective teaching methods.
  3. To prepare students for lifelong learning, leadership, service and responsible citizenship.
  4. To foster scholarly activity that supports the mission of the University of Wisconsin Colleges.
  5. To serve the people of Wisconsin by promoting continuing education and outreach in Wisconsin communities.
  6. 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.
  7. To serve the needs of ethnically diverse students, students with disabilities and nontraditional students.
  8. To make available as a service to business, industry and the general public, the unique professional expertise of the faculty and staff.
  9. To provide opportunities for civic and cultural enrichment in the communities that support its campuses.

Approved by the UW Colleges Senate
January 15, 2003

Approved by the UW Board of Regents
May 7, 2004

UW System Mission

  1. The legislature finds it in the public interest to provide a system of higher education which enables students of all ages, backgrounds and levels of income to participate in the search for knowledge and individual development; which stresses undergraduate teaching as its main priority; which offers selected professional graduate and research programs with emphasis on state and national needs; which fosters diversity of educational opportunity; which promotes service to the public; which makes effective and efficient use of human and physical resources; which functions cooperatively with other educational institutions and systems; and which promotes internal coordination and the wisest possible use of resources
  2. The mission of the system is to develop human resources, to discover and disseminate knowledge, to extend knowledge and its application beyond the boundaries of its campuses and to serve and stimulate society by developing in students heightened intellectual, cultural and humane sensitivities, scientific, professional and technological expertise and a sense of purpose. Inherent in this broad mission are methods of instruction, research, extended training and public service designed to educate people and improve the human condition. Basic to every purpose of the system is the search for truth.