Every time I read UW-Eau Claire's mission statement, I'm struck by the inspirational and audacious tone that charts our course. We strive for excellence at UW-Eau Claire. It's the foundation of all we do and the culture we create. Not only does excellence continue to be our measure and our goal, but since I began serving as the eighth chancellor on July 1, 2013, I've challenged our campus to remember three guiding concepts as we go about our work: public good, audacity and joy.
It is our purpose to enhance the public good through the graduates we produce, and through the scholarship, research and service our faculty and staff provide to our communities.
This is one of my favorite words and I use it often. To me it means that we should dare to lead as a university and not be shy to share our successes with the outside world.
Joy is about connecting to what really matters. It's about having the opportunity to think — and do — big things. I eagerly invite you to help me create a campus community that is defined by the joy of working together in a mission that will literally change the world.
Our Guidepost Goals are the driving force behind our plans for UW-Eau Claire’s future:
of students participating in at least one high-impact learning experience
of first-year students retained to their second year
of students graduating within four years
enrollment of students of color, and elimination of the opportunity gap
Students and all members of the university community have an opportunity to discuss issues directly with Chancellor James Schmidt, members of his executive staff and other administrators at the Chancellor’s Roundtable.
In support of our Guidepost Goals, we have created the 2016-2020 Strategic Plan; Academic Master Plan; and Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Plan. Read the details below.
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 university where every member of the campus community takes responsibility for helping to recruit students. Read the Enrollment Management Task Force Report (password protected).