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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

James C. Schmidt

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UW-Eau Claire Guidepost Goals

In 2015-16, UW-Eau Claire has four guidepost goals that direct our efforts to serve our students well:

100% All our students will have a high-impact learning
90%   We will retain 90% of our students to their second year
50%   We will graduate half of our students within four years
20%   We will increase enrollment of students of color and
          close the opportunity gap

For Faculty, Staff and Students: Learn more about Blugold Central here. Also read about more initiatives that support our guidepost goals on the Chancellor's Blugold Insider page.

2015 Blugold Breakfast

UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff came together Aug. 25 for the annual Blugold Breakfast and academic year opening meeting.

2015-17 biennial budget

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

Visit the 2015-17 University Budget Updates page for complete and ongoing information on the 2015-17 biennial budget.

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. Read the Enrollment Management Task Force report (password protected).

Chancellor's messages

  • 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 in the news

Struggling to Stay True to Wisconsin's Ideals (Inside Higher Ed, July 29, 2015)

Buyouts soften goodbye blows for nearly 100 UW-EC faculty, staff (Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, July 12, 2015)

UW-Eau Claire discusses budget cut impacts (WQOW News 18, July 10, 2015)

UW-Eau Claire to face $7.7M from proposed budget cut (WQOW News 18, July 7, 2015)

UW handing down $140M in budget cuts, UW-Eau Claire taking third-largest hit (Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, July 7, 2015)

Leaders at UW-EC, UW-Stout concerned about tenure proposal (Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, June 5, 2015)

> See past news and messages.