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					                    University of Wisconsin-River Falls
                   Faculty and Academic Staff Handbook
             Chapter I: Introduction to UW-River Falls
  1.1. HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-RIVER FALLS...........................................................................3
  1.2. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SYSTEM ..............................................................................................................3
     1.2.1. Board of Regents ....................................................................................................................................4
     1.2.2. System Administration ............................................................................................................................4
  1.3. MISSION STATEMENTS ....................................................................................................................................4
     1.3.1. University of Wisconsin System Mission ................................................................................................4
     1.3.2. University Cluster Core Mission ............................................................................................................4
     1.3.3. Select Mission of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls .....................................................................5
     1.3.4. Shared Vision and Expectations of the Academic Community at River Falls ........................................6
     1.3.5. Vision and Values ...................................................................................................................................7
     1.3.6. Strategic planning: Living the Promise 2007-1012................................................................................8
          1.3.6.1.      Living the Promise 2007-2012 Goals: ............................................................................................................. 8
  1.4. THE EDUCATIONAL DESIGN AT UW-RIVER FALLS .........................................................................................9
     1.4.1. Educational Objectives...........................................................................................................................9
     1.4.2. Educating through Diversity at UWRF: Plan 2008 ............................................................................. 10
     1.4.3. General Education Mission Statement ................................................................................................. 11
          1.4.3.1.      General Education Goals, Criteria, and Outcomes ......................................................................................... 12
  1.5. ACADEMIC ORGANIZATION .......................................................................................................................... 17
     1.5.1. College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences ................................................................. 17
          1.5.1.1.      Degrees .......................................................................................................................................................... 17
          1.5.1.2.      Departments ................................................................................................................................................... 17
          1.5.1.3.      Majors ............................................................................................................................................................ 17
          1.5.1.4.      Minors............................................................................................................................................................ 17
          1.5.1.5.      Other responsibilities ..................................................................................................................................... 18
          1.5.1.6.      Mission .......................................................................................................................................................... 18
          1.5.1.7.      Vision............................................................................................................................................................. 18
      1.5.2.      College of Arts and Sciences ................................................................................................................ 18
          1.5.2.1.      Degrees .......................................................................................................................................................... 18
          1.5.2.2.      Departments ................................................................................................................................................... 18
          1.5.2.3.      Majors ............................................................................................................................................................ 19
          1.5.2.4.      Minors............................................................................................................................................................ 19
          1.5.2.5.      Other responsibilities ..................................................................................................................................... 20
          1.5.2.6.      Mission .......................................................................................................................................................... 20
          1.5.2.7.      Goals/Vision .................................................................................................................................................. 20
      1.5.3.      College of Business and Economics ..................................................................................................... 21
          1.5.3.1.      Degrees .......................................................................................................................................................... 21
          1.5.3.2.      Departments ................................................................................................................................................... 21
          1.5.3.3.      Majors ............................................................................................................................................................ 21
          1.5.3.4.      Minors............................................................................................................................................................ 21
          1.5.3.5.      Other responsibilities ..................................................................................................................................... 21
          1.5.3.6.      Mission .......................................................................................................................................................... 21
          1.5.3.7.      Values ............................................................................................................................................................ 22
      1.5.4.      College of Education and Professional Studies.................................................................................... 22
          1.5.4.1.      Degrees .......................................................................................................................................................... 22
          1.5.4.2.      Departments ................................................................................................................................................... 22
          1.5.4.3.      Majors ............................................................................................................................................................ 22
          1.5.4.4.      Minors............................................................................................................................................................ 22
          1.5.4.5.      Other responsibilities ..................................................................................................................................... 23
          1.5.4.6.      Mission .......................................................................................................................................................... 23

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     1.5.5.      Graduate Studies .................................................................................................................................. 23
          1.5.5.1.     Degrees .......................................................................................................................................................... 23
          1.5.5.2.     Graduate Certificates ..................................................................................................................................... 23
          1.5.5.3.     Mission .......................................................................................................................................................... 24
          1.5.5.4.     Vision............................................................................................................................................................. 24
          1.5.5.5.     Values ............................................................................................................................................................ 24
     1.5.6.      Continuing Education........................................................................................................................... 24
          1.5.6.1.     Professional Development ............................................................................................................................. 24
          1.5.6.2.     Mission .......................................................................................................................................................... 25
  1.6.    ACCREDITATION AND MEMBERSHIPS............................................................................................................ 25
  1.7.    UW-RIVER FALLS FOUNDATION................................................................................................................... 26
  1.8.    WEST CENTRAL WISCONSIN CONSORTIUM ................................................................................................... 26
  1.9.    BUDGETING .................................................................................................................................................. 26
  1.10.    EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITY ....................................................................................................................... 27




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1.1. History of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls
The University of Wisconsin was incorporated in 1848 shortly after the admission of Wisconsin
into the Union. The Wisconsin State University system had its origins in an 1857 state law
creating a separate board of regents for the state normal schools.
UWRF was founded in 1874 as the fourth Normal School in Wisconsin and the first in the
northwestern part of the state. The University’s partnerships with the region began when local
townships and community leaders pledged $25,000 and land to assist with the school’s
construction. Our first building was dedicated on Sept. 2, 1875, with an enrollment of 130
students.
Since its very beginnings, the University has been contributing to the development and
improvement of the state. Franklin Hiram King, professor of natural science at River Falls State
Normal School, began the research that led to the development of the round silo. The new design
solved the problem of storing winter cattle silage and allowed dairy to advance as a major
farming enterprise in Wisconsin.
River Falls State Normal School experienced a slow and steady growth in curriculum and
enrollment until 1912, when enrollment increased substantially with the establishment of the
agriculture education department. The development of a four-year curriculum in 1926 preceded
our designation as a state teachers’ college in 1927.
In 1951, liberal arts programs were added and the institution became the Wisconsin State
College at River Falls. In 1964, the state colleges were renamed state universities, and we were
authorized to offer graduate courses as the Wisconsin State University-River Falls. The
University of Wisconsin System was created in 1971 when the two public university systems
(University of Wisconsin and Wisconsin State Universities) were combined under a single board
of regents, and we assumed our present name.
UWRF experienced very rapid enrollment growth in the 1960s and early 1970s, increasing the
student headcount from 1,500 in 1960 to 4,500 by 1975. Additional faculty and an expansion of
the physical facilities accompanied this change. The increased numbers of students and faculty
provided a greater range of courses and programs, yet we maintained our emphasis on close
student/faculty relationships. Since the mid 1970s, growth in student numbers at UWRF has been
maintained at a slower pace. In the past three years, however, the University has begun to
experience more rapid, planned enrollment growth. Overall enrollment increased by 2.04 percent
in 2004, 2.16 percent in 2005, and 2.71 percent in 2007. UWRF enrollment in fall 2007 was
6,426.
The campus continues its historical commitment to teaching and learning. Nearly 60 percent of
our faculty report working with undergraduate students on research and creative projects outside
class. Most of our faculty members are on a first-name basis with their students, and many of our
graduates maintain close contact with their professors and others on campus throughout their
professional lives.

1.2. University of Wisconsin System

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1.2.1. Board of Regents
The University of Wisconsin System is governed by the Board of Regents, an 18-member board,
as established under Chapter 36 of the Wisconsin State Statutes. The Governor of Wisconsin
appoints Board members to seven-year terms, except the two student regents, who are appointed
to two-year terms. The Board appoints the President of the UW System, the chancellors of the 13
universities, the chancellor of UW-Extension and UW Colleges, and the deans of the 13 colleges.
All appointees serve at the pleasure of the Board. The Board also sets admission standards,
reviews and approves university budgets, and establishes the regulatory framework within which
the individual units operate.
    http://www.uwsa.edu/bor/

1.2.2. System Administration
The President has full executive responsibility for the operation and management of the
University of Wisconsin System. The President reports to the Board of Regents and carries out
the duties prescribed in the Wisconsin Statutes for this office and such other duties as may be
assigned by the Board or in policy actions of the Board. The Senior Vice Presidents, Vice
Presidents, 15 Chancellors and General Counsel report to the President. The President sees to the
appropriate staffing of System administrative offices and directs and coordinates the activities of
these offices as needed to fulfill his or her responsibilities.
    http://www.uwsa.edu/president/responsibilities.htm

1.3. Mission Statements
1.3.1. University of Wisconsin System Mission
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.
    http://www.wisconsin.edu/about/mission.htm

1.3.2. University Cluster Core Mission
As institutions in the University Cluster of the University of Wisconsin System, the University of
Wisconsin-Eau Claire, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, the University of Wisconsin-La
Crosse, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, the
University of Wisconsin-Platteville, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, the University of
Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the University of Wisconsin-Stout, the University of Wisconsin-
Superior and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater share the following core mission. Within
the approved differentiation stated in their select missions, each university in the cluster shall:



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        1. Offer associate and baccalaureate degree level and selected graduate programs within
           the context of its approved mission statement.
        2. Offer an environment that emphasizes teaching excellence and meets the educational
           and personal needs of students through effective teaching, academic advising,
           counseling and through university-sponsored cultural, recreational and extra-
           curricular programs.
        3. Offer a core of liberal studies that supports university degrees in the arts, letters and
           sciences, as well as specialized professional/technical degrees at the associate and
           baccalaureate level.
        4. Offer a program of pre-professional curricular offerings consistent with the
           University's mission.
        5. Expect scholarly activity, including research, scholarship and creative endeavor, that
           supports its programs at the associate and baccalaureate degree level, its selected
           graduate programs and its approved mission statement.
        6. Promote the integration of the extension function, assist the University of Wisconsin-
           Extension in meeting its responsibility for statewide coordination, and encourage
           faculty and staff participation in outreach activity.
        7. Participate in interinstitutional relationships in order to maximize educational
           opportunity for the people of the state effectively and efficiently through the sharing
           of resources.
        8. Serve the needs of women, minority, disadvantaged, disabled and non-traditional
           students and seek racial and ethnic diversification of the student body and the
           professional faculty and staff.
        9. Support activities designed to promote the economic development of the state.
           http://www.wisconsin.edu/about/mission.htm#univcluster

1.3.3. Select Mission of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls
In addition to the system and core missions, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls has as its
select mission that:
        1. The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the
           importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic
           advising and co-curricular activities.
        2. The University offers liberal arts programs and degrees to meet regional needs in the
           arts, humanities, mathematics, natural and physical sciences, and social and
           behavioral sciences. The liberal arts also strengthen and broaden programs in the
           agricultural sciences, teacher education and business administration.
        3. The University offers professional programs and degrees in teacher education with
           special emphasis in early childhood, elementary and secondary education.
        4. The University offers programs and degrees in the agricultural sciences, agribusiness
           and agricultural teacher education.

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        5. The University offers graduate programs in education, agriculture and other areas
           clearly associated with its mission. Development of cooperative graduate instructional
           programs with appropriate institutions is encouraged.
        6. The University expects scholarly activity, including research, scholarship and creative
           endeavor, that supports its programs at the associate and baccalaureate level, its
           selected graduate programs and its select mission.
        7. The University continues to develop interinstitutional relationships in cooperative
           research, graduate training and undergraduate programs within the state, region and
           world. As a border institution, the University promotes interstate cooperation.
        8. The University provides students opportunities to develop an appreciation of the
           richness and diversity of American culture and is committed to representing this
           diversity in its staff and student body.
        9. The University offers students the opportunity to increase their global awareness and
           sensitivity to other cultures. It also has a continuing commitment to provide
           opportunities for students to live, study and travel abroad and to increase the number
           and diversity of international students on campus.
        10. The University provides public service by using its resources to address problems and
            concerns throughout the state and region. Special emphasis is placed on cooperative
            extension, extension and economic development outreach.
        11. The University offers enrichment to the citizens of Western Wisconsin and the St.
            Croix River Valley by providing artistic, scientific and other cultural events,
            programs and exhibitions. (as amended by BR Res. 6/10/1988)
        http://www.wisconsin.edu/about/mission.htm#riverfalls

1.3.4. Shared Vision and Expectations of the Academic Community at River
         Falls
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is an academic community composed of students,
faculty, staff, and administrators. This academic community shares a common vision of working
together to provide an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of
faculty-student interactions in academic advising, classrooms, laboratories, and co-curricular
activities.
As with any community, there is a shared vision that is subscribed to by all members. This vision
ensures common purpose within the academic community. This shared vision protects, enhances,
and empowers individuals, while fostering a positive learning environment. As members of the
University of Wisconsin-River Falls campus community, our vision is to:
        1. treat others with honesty, trust, and respect
        2. interact with others in a spirit of congeniality, openness, and support
        3. recognize and honor each person's talents and unique qualities
        4. operate collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and others in our community


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        5. foster relationships individually and in teams that promote enthusiasm, unity,
           motivation, and encouragement
        6. be committed to excellence; continuously seek to improve the quality of all that we
           do
        7. promote each other's development and engagement in the learning process
        8. support an environment that nurtures students, one another, and other members of our
           community
        9. be viewed as leaders and role models in the educational process
        10. share our expertise and resources across the campus and community
The achievement of this shared vision is the responsibility of the entire academic community. It
is the academic community as a whole that determines the quality of education at the University
of Wisconsin-River Falls. Our daily actions as individual members should be in accordance with
the shared expectations of the academic community. Therefore, all members of the academic
community have a shared expectation to:
        1. prepare thoroughly
        2. meet obligations punctually
        3. participate fully and constructively
        4. display appropriate courtesy
        5. adhere to deadlines and timetables
        6. provide constructive feedback
        7. respect the confidentiality of information shared or exchanged
        8. challenge each other intellectually
This documentation of expected behaviors and actions at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls
is presented in the united spirit of an academic community with a shared vision. By focusing our
energy and attention toward fulfilling the ideals presented in this document, we, as an academic
community, will be able to achieve an excellent learning environment. We cannot mandate that
these expectations be upheld, but adherence to these shared expectations will ensure that the
rights and privileges of individuals and groups are preserved. [FS 93/94 #31]

1.3.5. Vision and Values
[FS 06/07 #54]

CORE VALUES
INTEGRITY—We earn trust through honesty and ethical behavior.
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE—We help students attain their full potential as critical thinkers,
effective communicators and committed life-long learners by providing personalized, integrated
educational experiences.


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INCLUSIVENESS—We create an environment of mutual respect, professional behavior, academic
freedom and appreciation of individual differences and rich cultural diversity.
COMMUNITY—We intentionally cultivate leadership through community engagement and public
service in the spirit of the Wisconsin Idea.
CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT—We strive for excellence through decisions based on information
and analysis.
FOCUSED MISSION STATEMENT
Our mission is to:
Help students learn so that they are successful as productive, creative, ethical, engaged citizens
and leaders with an informed global perspective.
VISION
We will be the learning nucleus of the St. Croix Valley. We will act in close collaboration with
communities, institutions and private enterprise to create a dynamic economy, sustainable
communities and environment, and an optimum quality of life. Our efforts will be firmly rooted
in unbounded inquiry and a cultivated sense of civility, public service and creative expression.
We will be a highly accessible gateway to explore the full range of human potential. We will
inspire and educate citizens and leaders who, guided by core values, will purposefully and
ethically serve society. We will link our students and our communities to global opportunities
and collaborative relationships in the St. Croix Valley, in Wisconsin and beyond. We will be a
life-long learning partner for all those who seek to discover their own potential and the richness
and complexity of our multifaceted world.
    http://www.uwrf.edu/vision/

1.3.6. Strategic planning: Living the Promise 2007-1012
[FS 06/07 #54]

Strategic goals for UW-River Falls were developed following an inclusive strategic planning
process involving faculty, staff, administrators and students from across campus.
During Fall 2006, Strategic Planning Working Groups developed initiatives and tasks for these
goals and the Faculty Senate reviewed and approved this work.
Following planning meetings between the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and members of
the administration, Chancellor Betz introduced the strategic plan, Living the Promise 2007-2012,
at an all-campus meeting on February 22, 2007.

1.3.6.1.       Living the Promise 2007-2012 Goals:
        1. Create a culture of learning: UWRF will develop and sustain a strong learning
           environment on the campus and beyond. We will support both student learning and
           faculty learning through research, scholarly and creative activity.
        2. Model sustainability principles: UWRF will model and champion the principles of
           sustainable community development.


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        3. Expand global literacy and engagement: UWRF will integrate international and
           global experiences, learning and attitudes throughout the University.
        4. Develop engaged leaders: UWRF will create an institutional culture that teaches,
           promotes and rewards leadership that positively impacts external and internal
           communities.
        5. Foster a culture of inclusiveness: UWRF will create a supportive community that
           embraces our differences and builds understanding.
        6. Promote the University of Wisconsin - River Falls: UWRF will create and apply an
           integrated market strategy.
        7. Invest in human resources: UWRF will invest in the present and future quality of
           the University.
        8. Enhance the use of technology: UWRF will build an effective technological
           infrastructure to support the increasing demand and will provide the continuing
           training and support services needed to meet the institution’s growing needs.
        9. Invest in facilities to support our mission: UWRF will invest its resources in
           facilities that support identified institutional needs.
        10. Secure financial resources: UWRF will build a sound base of fiscal resources that
            will enable the University to fulfill its mission and goals.
The strategic planning operating paradigm, the details of the final ten strategic goals, and
accompanying tasks and initiatives that form the nucleus of Living the Promise are outlined at
http://www.uwrf.edu/strategy/welcome.html

1.4.    The Educational Design at UW-River Falls
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls’ expressed purpose is to offer the opportunities of
college to each student who earnestly desires a higher education and who demonstrates the
ability to benefit from it. The University believes it must serve as a center for those who search
for truth--that it must maintain an atmosphere of free inquiry in which the examination of
conflicting ideals and ideas is not only permitted but encouraged. Within the limits of its
resources and facilities, the University also has a responsibility to serve as a center for
educational leadership, intellectual stimulation, adult education, public service, and other
specialized educational services for the region.

The University views the student as the focus of its efforts, and its courses, programs, and
activities are designed to that purpose. To attain them, faculty and students work together in
partnership.

1.4.1. Educational Objectives
Today’s society demands a better informed and more sophisticated citizenry than ever before. It
is a society characterized by rapid change, by continued rapid expansion of knowledge, and by
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opportunities and equally daunting challenges. College attendance, and especially graduation,
can present students with opportunities to develop their personal resources in order to participate
in, contribute to, and find meaning in this society.

Though fulfillment of objectives cannot be guaranteed, the University of Wisconsin-River Falls
strives to provide the intellectual and social climate, environment, and facilities by which
students may attain skills, attitudes, and values that will allow them to be successful as
productive, creative, ethical, engaged citizens and leaders with an informed global perspective.
The University also seeks to help students attain maturity in their personal and professional lives,
making continuing self-education possible.
To these ends, the University will help students to acquire:
        1. familiarity with the major disciplines of knowledge and ability to see the
           interrelationships of these
        2. vocational and professional competence involving deep understanding of some one
           organized discipline or area of human interest
        3. the ability to think critically and to identify and solve problems
        4. attitudes such as appreciation of human dignity, tolerance for differing points of view,
           and respect for evidence, even when it conflicts with prejudices and preconceptions
        5. competence in communication skills
        6. interests upon which they can build to make their leisure time satisfying and creative
        7. the ability to meet the requirements demanded of those who wish to enter professions
           for which there are established criteria
        8. a commitment to work toward solving the problems of the current and future
           environment

1.4.2. Educating through Diversity at UWRF: Plan 2008
UW-River Falls and the University of Wisconsin System are committed to increasing diversity
and fostering a diverse, inclusive, and supportive campus climate. In 1998, the UW System
instituted Plan 2008: Educational Quality through Ethnic Diversity. River Falls developed
several initiatives in the areas of increasing enrollment, retention, and graduation rates of
students of color; increasing diversity of faculty, academic staff, classified staff, and
administrators of color; and supporting a learning environment and course development that
demonstrate respect for racial and ethnic diversity.
UW-River Falls and other system institutions are starting Phase II of Plan 2008 with a particular
focus on the retention and graduation rates of students of color. UW-River Falls has received
recognition for its diversity efforts, including the 2003 Educational Diversity Award from
Wisconsin’s Office of State Employment Relations and the 2004 Golden Award from the
National Association of College and Auxiliary Services.
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1.4.3. General Education Mission Statement
The purpose of the UWRF General Education program is to facilitate the acquisition and
integration of knowledge, abilities, and ethics in order to form a foundation for lifelong learning.
The interdisciplinary foundation includes the ability to communicate effectively; to demonstrate
knowledge of past and present human endeavor; to apply scientific principles to the human and
natural world; to engage in multidisciplinary inquiry; and to evaluate individual responsibility to
self, society, and the world.
While outcomes in this document do not specify essential content, it is understood that individual
departments and faculty will determine what that essential content is in the courses designated as
fulfilling General Education objectives. All courses with a General Education designation will
include, to the extent possible, critical thinking, written composition, oral discussion, and graphic
components.
    http://www.uwrf.edu/faculty_senate/gened/gened_welcome.htm




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1.4.3.1.        General Education Goals, Criteria, and Outcomes (includes 07/08 revisions)

GOAL ONE                                  Communication (C)

Communicate effectively.                  Criteria:
Students will demonstrate the              Courses designated C enable students to express ideas in a
ability to read, write, speak, and           variety of formats.
listen effectively.                        Courses designated C enable students to comprehend, interpret,
                                             and analyze oral, written, and visual communication.
Students will be able to:                  Courses designated C enable students to effectively
  1) express ideas and facts in a            communicate ideas related to a broad range of subjects and to a
     variety of formats                      specific area of study.
  2) comprehend, interpret, and            Courses designated as CA must be at the 200 level or higher.
     analyze oral, written, and
     visual communication                 Outcomes:
  3) effectively communicate ideas        Communication-Reading and Writing (CW)
     related to a broad range of          Students will be able to:
     subjects and to a specific area        a. read print and visual material analytically and critically.
     of study                               b. conceive ideas about a topic, synthesize and arrange them
  4) select, evaluate, and organize            logically, and express them clearly and proficiently in
     visual and print material and             standard English.
     information in a logical and
     clear manner.                        Communication-Speaking and Listening (CS)
                                          Students will be able to:
                                            a. deliver oral presentations clearly and effectively.
To fulfill this goal, students are          b. effectively construct and incorporate visual aids (e.g.,
required to earn 9 credits, with               handouts, charts, technologies, etc.) to support ideas in
one 3 credit course in each of the             presentations.
CW (Communication – Reading                 c. listen critically to communications of others, and summarize
and Writing), CS                               and evaluate their ideas.
(Communication – Speaking and
Listening), and CA (Advanced              Advanced Communication (CA)
Communication) designations.              Students will be able to:
                                             read and interpret print, electronic, and visual text at an
                                          advanced level.
                                             perform critical and analytical research through scholarly
                                          methods.
                                             use written communication advanced in form and style, idea
                                          development, and analysis to formulate complex responses that
                                          explore and defend their own ideas.

                                          Approved March 2, 2004
                                          Revised April 28, 2005
                                          Revised March 21, 2007


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GOAL TWO                                  Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB)

Demonstrate knowledge of past             Criteria:
and present human endeavor.               Courses designated SB:
Describe the diverse ways of                  are based on empirical research and human experience.
thinking that underlie the search             explore behavioral, civic, economic, or social relationships.
for knowledge in the arts,                    examine factors that explain human/social behavior.
humanities, and social sciences.
                                      Outcomes:
Students will be able to:             Students will be able to:
   1) demonstrate an understanding      a. identify basic methods of the social and behavioral sciences.
       of human behavior in context     b. recognize and explain theoretical perspectives in the social and
   2) develop generalizations about         behavioral sciences.
       societal changes over time and   c. identify and correctly use terms and concepts that explain
       explain theoretical structures       human/social behavior.
       to account for those changes
   3) describe the nature and
       development of ideas, beliefs, Humanities and Fine Arts (HF)
       literature, language and the
       arts in historical and         Criteria:
       contemporary culture.               Courses designated HF emphasize philosophical, moral, and
                                              aesthetic principles that are part of the human experience.
To fulfill this goal, students are         Courses designated HF concentrate on the relationships
required to earn 6 credits under              between a culture and its creative expression.
each designation for a total of 12
credits. All courses must be taken    Outcomes:
from different disciplinary           Students will be able to:
prefixes (e.g., ART, MUS, SCTA).         a. recognize, analyze, and interpret human experience in terms
                                             of personal, intellectual, aesthetic, philosophical, or social
                                             contexts.
                                         b. recognize, analyze, and interpret human expression in terms
                                             of personal, intellectual, aesthetic, philosophical, or social
                                             contexts.

                                           Approved March 2, 2004
                                           Revised April 28, 2005
                                           Revised (SB) May 2, 2007 [FS 06/07 #116], (HF) Feb 6, 2008 [FS 07/08 #28]




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GOAL THREE                                  Mathematics (M)

Apply scientific principles to the          Criterion:
natural world. Students will                Courses designated M:
demonstrate knowledge of the                    emphasize mathematical skills in quantitative, qualitative, and
principles and methods of quantitative             analytical problem solving.
and qualitative scientific reasoning.
                                            Outcome:
Students will be able to:                   Students will be able to:
   1) apply mathematical skills in             a. demonstrate and apply mathematical skills to quantitative,
      quantitative, qualitative, and              qualitative, and analytical problem solving.
      analytical problem solving
   2) demonstrate a knowledge of            Sciences (S)
      natural science
   3) observe, collect, analyze, and        Criterion:
      interpret data to solve problems      Courses designated S:
      using the scientific method               emphasize a knowledge of the natural sciences.

To fulfill this goal, students are          Outcome:
required to earn 9 credits, with 3          Students will be able to:
credits under the M designation, 3             a. demonstrate a knowledge of theoretical principles and scientific
credits under the SL designation, and 3           methodology for explaining and predicting phenomena in the
credits under either the S or SL                  natural world.
designation. The courses taken under
the S or SL designations must be from       Scientific Investigation (SL)
different disciplinary prefixes (e.g.,
BIOL, CHEM, GEOL).                          Criteria:
                                            Courses designated SL:
                                                emphasize a knowledge of the natural sciences.
                                                must include the equivalent of at least one semester credit hour
                                                   of laboratory experience aimed at interpreting scientific
                                                   hypotheses.
                                                will evaluate the reliability and meaning of data and
                                                   information.

                                            Outcomes:
                                            Students will be able to:
                                               a. demonstrate knowledge of theoretical principles and scientific
                                                  methodology for explaining and predicting phenomena in the
                                                  natural world.
                                               b. test hypotheses about the natural world.
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GOAL FOUR                                Multidisciplinary Inquiry (MD)

Engage in multidisciplinary              Criteria:
inquiry. Students will analyze           Courses designated MD will:
questions and issues from a                  enable students to synthesize information and analyze complex
multidisciplinary perspective.                  issues to make informed decisions.
                                             enable students to generate, explore, and research new questions
Students will be able to:                       based on prior knowledge and experiences.
   1) demonstrate analytical                 approach issues from a multidisciplinary perspective.
      thinking by drawing
      inferences from                Outcomes:
      multidisciplinary observations Students will be able to:
      and identifying the internal      a. demonstrate analytical, creative, and evaluative thinking in the
      coherence of theories                analysis of theoretical or practical issues from a multidisciplinary
   2) demonstrate creative thinking        perspective.
      by recognizing
      multidisciplinary
      relationships in the
      development of original ideas
      or artistic work
   3) demonstrate evaluative
      thinking by identifying
      problems and the strengths
      and weaknesses of different
      analytical approaches.

To fulfill this goal, students must
earn 3 credits with an MD
designation at the 300 level or
above; courses in the MD
designator may have one or more          Approved March 2, 2004
                                         Revised April 28, 2005
General Education designators as
                                         Revised April 18, 2007 [FS 06/07 #97]
prerequisites.




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GOAL FIVE                              Personal Health and Wellness (HW)

Evaluate individual                   Criteria:
responsibility to self, society, and Courses designated HW require students to:
the world. Students will make            analyze choices regarding conflicting situations in their personal
and defend judgments with respect           lives and consider the consequences of these choices.
to individual conduct and well           evaluate personal health status in order to modify/maintain
being, citizenship, and stewardship         healthy lifestyle patterns to enhance their quality of life.
of the environment.
                                      Outcome:
Students will be able to:             Students will be able to:
    1) analyze choices regarding         a. research, analyze, and justify choices that enhance (personal,
       conflicting situations in             physical, social, environmental, and economic) well being for
       their personal and                    themselves and others.
       professional lives and
       consider the consequences      Ethical Citizenship (EC)
       of their decisions
    2) evaluate personal health       Criteria:
       status in order to             Courses designated EC:
       modify/maintain healthy           will identify individual and collective responsibilities to the social
       lifestyle patterns to enhance        and natural environment of one’s community, nation and the
       quality of life                      world.
    3) identify individual and           focus on the process of decision-making regarding values and
       collective responsibilities to       ethics in personal, professional, and civic life.
       the physical and social
       environment, community,        Outcomes:
       nation, and world              Students will be able to:
                                        a. identify factors of the social and natural environment that
To fulfill this goal, students are         influence ethical decision-making.
required to earn 5 credits under        b. evaluate ethical conflict and ways to address it to serve the world.
this General Education goal: 2
credits under the HW designation
and 3 credits under the EC
designation.                          Approved March 2, 2004
                                       Revised April 28, 2005




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1.5. Academic Organization
For academic purposes the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is organized into four academic
Colleges--the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences, the College of Arts and
Sciences, the College of Business and Economics, and the College of Education and Professional
Studies.

1.5.1. College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
1.5.1.1.     Degrees
     Bachelor of Science
     Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education
     Bachelor of Science in Geology
     Pre-Engineering program
     Pre-Veterinary Medicine program
     Two-Year Certificate in Agricultural Science

1.5.1.2.      Departments
     Agricultural Economics
     Agricultural Education
     Agricultural Engineering Technology
     Animal and Food Science
     Plant and Earth Science

1.5.1.3.       Majors
     Agricultural business
     Agricultural education
     Agricultural engineering technology
     Agricultural studies
     Animal science
     Biotechnology
     Conservation
     Crop and soil science
     Dairy science
     Environmental science
     Food science and technology
     Geology
     Horticulture
     International studies
     Land use planning
     Marketing communications

1.5.1.4.         Minors
In addition to the areas listed above, minors are also offered in
     Agricultural economics
     Crop science

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       Earth science
       Environmental studies
       Farm management
       Hydrogeology
       Outdoor education
       Soil science

1.5.1.5.        Other responsibilities
The College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences has responsibility for teaching
and laboratory facilities: including dairy, food, and meat pilot plants; greenhouse; two laboratory
farm sites with beef, dairy, horse, sheep, swine, crop and horticulture enterprises; and two school
forests. The College has responsibilities for an extensive cooperative education internship
program, and other educational programs, including UW-Cooperative Extension, Survey Center,
Master of Science in Agricultural Education and Outreach.

1.5.1.6.       Mission
The mission of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences is to provide
exceptional undergraduate education and related programs in agriculture, food and
environmental sciences for Wisconsin, the region and world.

1.5.1.7.        Vision
Our vision is to be widely recognized for excellent programs that educate students in wise
agricultural practices and judicious use of the earth's resources. Our state-of-the-art facilities
will enhance learning, scholarship, and service. Faculty will be dedicated to teaching. Graduates
will be well positioned to pursue careers through achieving a broad foundation of knowledge as
well as hands-on and multidisciplinary experience in best management practices and best
available technologies.

1.5.2. College of Arts and Sciences
1.5.2.1.    Degrees
     Bachelor of Arts
     Bachelor of Science degrees in Liberal Arts
     Bachelor of Fine Arts (art major only)

The College also has responsibility for the administration of pre-professional programs.

1.5.2.2.      Departments
     Humanities and Fine Arts
         Art
         Communication Studies and Theatre Arts
         English
         Journalism
         Modern Languages
         Music


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       Sciences and Mathematics
         Biology
         Chemistry
         Mathematics
         Physics
       Social and Behavioral Sciences
         Geography and Mapping Sciences
         History and Philosophy
         Political Science
         Psychology
         Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice

1.5.2.3.       Majors
     Art
     Biology
     Biotechnology
     Chemistry
     Communication studies
     English
     Geography
     History
     International studies
     Journalism
     Marketing communications
     Mathematics
     Modern language
         French option
         German option
         Spanish option
     Music
     Physics
     Political science
     Psychology
     Science, broad field
     Sociology
     Social studies, broad field
     Teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL)
     Theatre arts

1.5.2.4.        Minors
In addition to the areas listed above, minors are also offered in

       Anthropology
       Creative writing
       Criminal justice


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       Digital film and television communication
       Ethnic studies
       Film studies
       Geographic information systems (GIS)/Cartography
       Musical theatre
       Philosophy
       Professional and organizational communication
       Science, general
       Women's studies

1.5.2.5.      Other responsibilities
The College of Arts and Sciences is also responsible for Gallery 101.

1.5.2.6.        Mission
The mission of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is to
provide for the education of the complete person, education for citizenship and leadership,
education for a productive life and education for the love of learning.

1.5.2.7.        Goals/Vision
     The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is
        committed to teaching excellence in the humanities, fine arts, social sciences and natural
        sciences;
     The College is an articulate and prominent advocate on campus, in the community and in
        the University of Wisconsin System for the value of a liberal arts education in a
        democratic society;
     The College provides academic programs that are responsive to the changing demands of
        a diverse society, world, and workplace;
     The College prepares students in all disciplines to succeed and thrive as ethical and
        engaged citizens and leaders with an informed global perspective;
     The College provides unique and varied international experiences for student and faculty
        learning and development;
     The College is committed to the creation of new knowledge through faculty and student
        research, scholarly and creative activity, and seeks to be a regional and national leader in
        undergraduate research;
     The College leads the campus, and strives to become a national model, in the
        development and support of innovative interdisciplinary research and teaching that
        crosses boundaries of departments and colleges;
     The College seeks to be recognized as the intellectual, artistic and cultural center of the
        St. Croix Valley;
     The College shares responsibility for the preparation of excellent, sought-after secondary
        education teachers.

         http://www.uwrf.edu/cas/CAS%20Mission.php3




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1.5.3. College of Business and Economics
1.5.3.1.     Degrees
     Bachelor of Science

1.5.3.2.      Departments
The College of Business and Economics is made up of the following departments:
       Accounting and Finance
       Computer Science and Information Systems
       Economics
       Management and Marketing

1.5.3.3.       Majors
The College of Business and Economics offers the following majors:
       Accounting
       Business administration (requiring a minor)
       Business administration
         Finance option
         Management information systems option
         Management option
         Marketing option
       Computer science and information systems
         Computer science
         Information systems
       Economics

1.5.3.4.      Minors
     Business administration
     Computer science and information systems
         Computer science
         Information systems
     Economics

1.5.3.5.       Other responsibilities
The College of Business and Economics has responsibility for the R.O.T.C. program.

1.5.3.6.          Mission
The primary mission of the College of Business and Economics is to meet the needs of its
stakeholders with high quality undergraduate programs, a Masters of Management program, and
business outreach services to the St. Croix Valley region. Our programs are grounded in the
liberal arts tradition and include the application of business and economics knowledge through
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1.5.3.7.        Values
     High quality teaching combined with a high level of student/faculty interaction
     An environment that fosters global awareness, ethical behavior, sensitivity to diversity,
        and integrity
     Helping students and the community meet the constantly changing needs of business and
        our society
     A strong intellectual community with contributions of the college faculty to our
        respective disciplines
     Service to the University, community, and discipline

       http://www.uwrf.edu/cbe/mission.htm

1.5.4. College of Education and Professional Studies
1.5.4.1.     Degrees
     Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
     Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education
     Bachelor in Social Work
     Bachelor in Music Education

The degree in secondary education is offered in all disciplines in which the University offers a
major and which are taught on a middle or secondary level.

1.5.4.2.      Departments
     Communicative Disorders
     Counseling and School Psychology
     Health and Human Performance
     Social Work
     Teacher Education

1.5.4.3.     Majors
     Communicative disorders
     Elementary education
     Health and human performance
     Secondary education
     Social work

1.5.4.4.        Minors
In addition to the areas listed above, minors are also offered in
     Adapted physical education
     Coaching
     Dance education
     Early childhood certification
     Health education
     Language arts reading

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       Outdoor education

1.5.4.5.       Other responsibilities
The College of Education and Professional Studies is also responsible for offering instructional
educational technology services in the Educational Technology Center and maintaining a
comprehensive wellness program.

1.5.4.6.        Mission
The Mission of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls College of Education and Professional
Studies is to support the development of teachers, social workers, school psychologists, school
counselors, speech language pathologists, and health and human performance professionals. Our
goal is to prepare practitioners through rigorous coursework and field-based practice so that they
know the content of their disciplines, have the skills and knowledge to produce positive change
in students and clients, and are creative, reflective, ethical practitioners in their field.

http://www.uwrf.edu/college-of-education/mission.htm

1.5.5. Graduate Studies
1.5.5.1.      Degrees
     Master of Science in Agricultural Education
         Option I: Professional Development in Agricultural Education
         Option II: Sustainable Community Development
         Option III: Initial Certification
     Master of Management
     Master of Science in Education, Secondary Education
     Master of Science in Education, Secondary Education, Post Certification
         Fine Arts
         Mathematics
         Social Sciences
         Sciences (biology, chemistry, geology/earth science, physics)
     Master of Science in Education, Elementary Education, Initial Certification
     Master of Science in Communicative Disorders
     Master of Science in Education, Secondary Education, Communicative Disorders
     Master of Science in Education, Counseling
     Master of Science in Education, Reading
     Master of Science in Education, Professional Development
         Principal Licensure
         Shared Inquiry Communities
     Master of Science in Education, School Psychology
     Education Specialist, School Psychology

1.5.5.2.      Graduate Certificates
     Alternative Education (COEPS)
     Learning Disabilities (CAS)


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       Reading Teacher (COEPS)
       Technology for Educators (COEPS)
       Wildlife Recreation and Nature Tourism (CAFES)

1.5.5.3.       Mission
To provide quality learning experiences that respond to the needs of lifelong learners.

1.5.5.4.        Vision
     We are valued as a partner within the University community and by external
        communities, institutions, and private enterprises
     We are integral to the University's vision: We meet the specific educational needs of
        nontraditional students and lifelong learners
     We serve as the key point of access to the resources and services for lifelong learning
        available from UW-River Falls
     We offer programs that are affordable, accessible and financially sustainable

1.5.5.5.         Values
In addition to the University's core values of integrity, academic excellence, inclusiveness,
community, and continuous improvement, we have the following core values:
       Responsiveness: We respond accurately and promptly to the needs of internal and
        external customers.
       Collaboration: We collaborate with internal and external partners in ways that are
        mutually beneficial. We are flexible and seek new and innovative ideas.
       Academic Accessibility: We are dedicated to offering students quality academic
        programs that are practical, flexible and convenient, thus fostering a climate in which our
        students can thrive.
       Sustainable and Self-supporting: We offer programs that are sustainable and self-
        supporting in the long term. Our programs provide equitable and reasonable
        compensation for instructors and returns to management and investment. We use
        responsibly all the resources at our disposal.
       Work-Life Balance: We recognize and support, for our employees and customers, the
        importance of balancing professional and personal lives.

    http://www.uwrf.edu/ogs/gs/gs-index.php/gs-main/0/gs

1.5.6. Continuing Education
Working with the four colleges of the University and other partners, the UW-River Falls
Outreach office offers quality learning experiences in a broad range of disciplines.

1.5.6.1.      Professional Development
     Alternative Education
     Early Childhood
     Learning Disabilities
     Online Learning for Educators


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       Pigeon Lake Field Station
       Reading Specialist
       Reading Teacher
       Technology for Educators

1.5.6.2.        Mission
We are committed to:
     Offering affordable and useful programming and services
     Meeting the needs of educators, business professionals, agriculture providers,
        government employees, leaders and other lifelong learners in the community
     Creating courses that are immediately applicable in the workplace or community
        Delivering programs on campus, online, off campus (including interactive television,
        video, and independent study), and during evenings and weekends

    http://www.uwrf.edu/ogs/ce/ce-index.php/ce-main/0/ce

1.6.     Accreditation and Memberships
        [FS 06/07 #62]

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central
Association

Program Accreditations

       Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications
       American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance/National
                Association for Sport and Physical Education
       American Chemical Society
       American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
       Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business–International
       Council for Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-language Pathology
       Council on Social Work Education
       Institute of Food Technologists
       National Association of Schools of Music
       National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
       National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Member of:

       ACPA, American College Personnel Association
       American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
       American Association of State Colleges and Universities
       American Association of State Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources
       American Council on Education
       Association of Higher Education and Disability

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       Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences
       National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (charter member)
       North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture
       NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

Recognized by:

        The American Association of University Women

http://www.uwrf.edu/accreditations.htm


1.7.    UW-River Falls Foundation
Established in 1948 as one of the first Wisconsin state college foundations, the UW-River Falls
Foundation is incorporated as an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, dedicated to securing
private resources and support for the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.
http://www.uwrf.edu/alumni/foundation/

1.8. West Central Wisconsin Consortium
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is a member of the West Central Wisconsin Consortium
(WCWC) which also includes UW-Stout and UW-Superior. The purposes of the Consortium are
to promote academic excellence and educational opportunity; meet the educational, economic,
and cultural needs of the people in the West Central Wisconsin region and the state; achieve
operating economic and administrative efficiency; and enhance development of member
institutions.

Some activities of the consortium include joint academic programs, resource and facility sharing,
cooperative outreach efforts, and Wisconsin in Scotland.

The decision-making groups for WCWC are the Commission and the Board of Trustees. The
Commission is comprised of one faculty member from each institution selected by the respective
Faculty Senate and by the Provost and Vice Chancellor of each member institution. The Board of
Trustees consists of the Chancellors of the participating institutions. The Trustees must formally
approve all actions and decisions of the Commission.

1.9.    Budgeting
The University of Wisconsin System administration prepares a biennial budget request with
input from each institution in the System. The biennial budget includes continuing costs, a
faculty and staff compensation package, and new initiatives from each campus and from the
System as a whole. The budget request is guided by direction from the Board of Regents.


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The UW System annual budget development process begins with the System’s Office of Budget
Planning sending budget guidelines to each campus in January. Each institution identifies budget
priorities based on System-wide and institutional strategic plans, taking into account existing and
proposed rules, regulations, and directives from the Board of Regents, as well as additional state
and federal agencies. The UW System Office of Budget Planning scrutinizes each institutional
annual budget using a comprehensive set of analytical procedures. Next, the Board of Regents
formally adopts the annual budget at their June meeting. Following Board action, the budget
request is sent to the Legislature for approval. After legislative passage, it is sent to the Governor
for final approval.

Tying institutional planning to budgets is among the highest priorities of the current institutional
strategic planning effort, which declares that ―UWRF will engage in continuous quality
improvement and assessment, define its priorities, and use solid information to make future
decisions about how to use its resources.‖

The process we are initiating now ties budgets more closely to institutional planning priorities
and is consistent with a continuous improvement model.

STEP 1: The planning cycle begins in July with a planning retreat. Members of the Chancellor’s
Council meet for two days to review progress on the strategic plan’s goals and tasks; review and
renew the mission statement; review academic plans; review data and information on
institutional benchmarks; review emerging issues at the national, state and local level; revise the
budgeting process and procedures as necessary; and develop the annual plan for the following
academic year. This retreat is an opportunity for the administration to look at the progress it has
made in the previous academic year, predict the upcoming academic year, and set priorities for
the following academic year.

STEP 2: During the fall, the Chancellor presents the priorities and the annual plan for the
following academic year to the campus community. All campus groups and constituents will
have opportunities to provide feedback on the plan.

STEP 3: In November, based on campus feedback, the Chancellor’s Council establishes final
priorities for the annual plan.

STEP 4: In January the annual plan is finalized and the budget is designed to reflect the annual
plan.

STEP 5: In late spring, the institution begins to gather the data and information that will be
needed at the July retreat. The campus will conduct a needs assessment to gather information on
resource and programmatic needs.


1.10. Equality of Opportunity



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The University is dedicated to creating an educational community which enhances student
awareness and appreciation of diverse ethnicities and cultures and which actively supports
tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each person without regard to
economic status, ethnic background, political views, sexual orientation, gender identity or
expression, or other personal characteristics or beliefs. The mission of the Office of Equity and
Affirmative Action is to encourage and support UWRF faculty, staff, and students in a
professional environment to acquire greater knowledge, understanding, awareness and
appreciation of diverse cultures and ethnicities and to actively support tolerance, civility, and
respect for the rights and sensibilities of each person.
The Office of Equity and Affirmative Action also seeks to integrate these principles into an
overall system of university human resource management.
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is committed to equal opportunity for all persons. UW-
River Falls fully meets the requirements of Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments and
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended).
http://www.uwrf.edu/oec/2statement_mission.htm




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