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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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2015-17 biennial budget

Gov. Scott Walker has proposed changes for the upcoming biennial budget for UW System. The following open forums for faculty and staff were held on the following dates to discuss details and answer questions regarding the governor's proposal:

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

A look to the future: UW-Eau Claire long-range enrollment planning

In January 2014, I 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.