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Dr. James C. Schmidt began serving as UW-Eau Claire's eighth chancellor on July 1, 2013. See his full biography.

Chancellor Schmidt

UW-Eau Claire guidepost goals

UW-Eau Claire has four guidepost goals that direct our efforts to serve our students well:

  • 100% of students participating in two high-impact practices
  • 90% of our entering students retained to their sophomore year
  • 50% of all students graduating within four years
  • 20% enrollment of students of color and elimination of the opportunity gap

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Thoughts and reflections from Chancellor James Schmidt as he leads the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in its mission to serve the public good.

Key initiatives

2016-2020 Strategic Plan: Creating Our Future

In addition to our 2020 strategic plan, our guidepost goals are also supported by our Academic Master Plan and our Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Plan.

Investing in our faculty and staff

Implementation of an insttitutional compensation package began April 30, 2017.

Addressing the 2015-17 state budget challenge

On July 12, Gov. Scott Walker signed the 2015-17 Wisconsin state budget into law. Under that budget, UW-Eau Claire's net, annual reduction each year during 2015-17 was $12.2 million. This included the university's structural deficit of $4.5 million and the state budget reduction of $7.7 million per year.

UW-Eau Claire long-range enrollment planning

In January 2014, Chancellor Schmidt appointed an Enrollment Management Task Force to look ahead 10 years and make recommendations that would help assure that UW-Eau Claire will be able to live according to its values, fulfill its mission as a regional comprehensive university and achieve the financial outcomes needed to stay viable. The group was asked to develop long-range enrollment goals for UW-Eau Claire focused on three areas: size of the student body, profile and mix of students, and undergraduate retention and graduation rates. Their report, developed after a semester of study and analysis, describes a university that is growing, even in the face of greater competition. The report describes a campus where every member of the campus community takes responsibility for helping to recruit students. 

Chancellor's past messages

  • 2016-17 academic year opening address, Aug. 23, 2016 (read text or view video)
  • 2015-16 academic year opening address, Aug. 25, 2015 (read text)
  • 2014-15 academic year opening address, Aug. 26, 2014 (read text)
  • Centennial Hall dedication remarks, Feb. 5, 2014 (read text)
  • Inaugural address, Nov. 8, 2013 (read text or view video)

Chancellor's Blog 

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Chancellor's Blog: Reflecting on Charlottesville

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Following the horror of the violent events that unfolded in Charlottesville in recent days, Chancellor James Schmidt reiterates he will work to to preserve UW-Eau Claire's mission and values, and that our diversity is integral to the spirit of our campus community.

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Chancellor's Blog: A look back at our 100th academic year

Friday, May 19, 2017

As UW-Eau Claire's 2016-17 academic year and its Centennial Celebration come to an end, Chancellor James Schmidt takes a look at all that was done to carry on the university's100-year tradition of excellence — and to ensure it continues well into the next century.