Faculty, staff urged to join in self-study about UW’s role in a changing world

Every 10 years the University must be reaccredited by our institutional accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Our next reaccreditation site visit will be in April of 2009. We are required to conduct an in-depth, comprehensive self study and demonstrate that we meet a set of criteria for reaccreditation. We intend to use this self-study process to not only look back at what we have accomplished over the past 10 years, but to also look forward and articulate our vision for the next 10 years. Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate.

We will conduct the 2009 self study guided by the following questions:

  • What will it mean to be a great public university in a changing world?
  • How will UW-Madison uniquely embody this greatness?

In order to begin to answer these questions, we would like to invite you and your colleagues to participate in conversations to identify cross-cutting themes for further, in-depth study this fall. The sessions are listed below. Sessions have been designated by division/administrative unit, but you are welcome to attend whichever session best fits your schedule. Our goal is to identify 5 to 7 specific themes that will help to address the central questions listed above.

We look forward to engaging you in a unique opportunity to share your vision of the future of the university. Your input will remain confidential and will be synthesized through the work of the sub-theme teams this fall. We will use these results to construct the next strategic plan for the University. This particular strategic plan will be important as we are in a situation in which we need to decide how to retain the excellence we have in the University while taking advantage of new opportunities in a world of limited resources. One question is whether our current approach in terms of resource allocation is consistent with that image of excellence and opportunity. The themes developed in this part of the reaccreditation process will form the core around which the new strategic plan is structured. This strategic plan and the themes leading to it will be much better if there is broad participation in the process.

For more details on the entire self study project, please visit our website or contact Professor Nancy Mathews, the project director (, 260-1731).

In addition, we welcome your input via a web survey. Please use the links found below to access the short survey.

Academic staff:

Classified staff:

All sessions are open to everyone.

  • Monday, May 14, 1:30 – 2:30 pm in the Red Gym, On Wisconsin Room (Arts & Humanities)
  • Tuesday, May 15, 1:30 – 2:30 pm in the Rennebohm Bldg (Pharmacy Bldg.), Room 2006 (Biological Sciences)
  • Wednesday, May 16, 11:00 am – 12 noon in Agricultural Hall, Room 10 (Biological Sciences)
  • Thursday, May 17, 2:00 – 3:00 pm in the 21 North Park Street Bldg, Room 1106/1108 (Administrative Units)
  • Tuesday, May 22, 12 noon – 1:00 pm in Van Vleck Hall, Room 911 (Social Studies)
  • Wednesday, May 23, 12 noon – 1:00 pm in Union South (TITU) (Physical Sciences)
  • Wednesday, May 23, 12 noon – 1:00 pm in Bascom Hall, Room 260 (Academic Administrative Units)

We hope you will add one of these sessions to your calendar and join your colleagues for a conversation about the future of the University. Thank you in advance for sharing your time and energy in this important endeavor!

– Patrick Farrell, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic