UWM/UW Colleges Regional Campus Transition FAQ

Restructuring Process and Functional Teams

Who is on the UW-Milwaukee Regional Campus Transition Committee?

UWM Chancellor Mark Mone appointed a UW-Milwaukee Regional Campus Transition Committee to lead the consolidation efforts.

The Regional Campus Transition Committee consists of a Coordinating Team and seven Functional Teams. The Coordinating Team is led by Chair Ron Perez, interim dean of the Zilber School of Public Health, and Vice Chair Paula Rhyner, professor emerita. Members include leaders and shared governance representatives from the UW-Milwaukee, UW-Waukesha and UW-Washington County campuses as well as representatives from Waukesha and Washington counties. The seven Functional Teams, with members from all three campuses, are focusing on these areas:

  • Governance
  • Academic Affairs
  • Higher Learning Commission Accreditation
  • Enrollment Management
  • Student Affairs
  • Finance and Operations
  • Communications and External Relations

A chart detailing the committee structure and membership can be found here. Please note that the chart is a draft and may be updated with new teams or members as needs change or arise.

A New School/College Task Force, led by Professor Kristian O’Connor, was created and charged with developing the documents needed to secure approval through UWM’s Governance for the creation of a new school/college. On March 15, 2018, the UWM Faculty Senate approved the new College of General Studies. To read the document approved by the UWM Faculty Senate, click here.

How will the members of the Functional Teams be identified? Will it be possible for the meetings of the Functional Teams to be rotated among the three campuses or will they all be held at UWM?

Functional Team members have been identified from all three campuses and are listed on the UWM and UW Colleges Restructuring website. While most meetings are held on the UWM campus, members may participate through phone, Skype or other web meeting platform.

Which Functional Team will include Public Safety and Security?

Safety and compliance is being handled by the Finance and Operations Functional Team. More information on the areas of focus for each functional team can be found on the UWM and UW Colleges Restructuring website.

Who will make the final decisions regarding issues related to the restructuring?

UWM Chancellor Mark Mone will make the final decisions with input from the UWM Regional Campus Transition Committee, composed of the Coordinating Team and Functional Teams, which have members from all three institutions and shared governance groups.

Academic Affairs

What models are being considered for governance structure and processes for faculty from the 2‐year colleges?

The UWM Faculty Senate approved a proposal, developed by the UWM New School/College Task Force, to establish the College of General Studies (CGS) on March 15, 2018. The proposal now goes to the UWM leadership for review and implementation. It ultimately will go to UW System and the Board of Regents for approval. The CGS will house the Associate of Arts and Sciences, Flex Associate of Arts and Sciences and Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree programs, as well as faculty and staff serving those programs.

Where will UW Flexible Option degrees be housed?

As noted above, the Flex Associate of Arts and Sciences (AAS) degree will be housed in and managed by the new UWM College of General Studies. Management of UWM’s Flex bachelor’s degrees will remain unchanged.

How will collaborative degree programs work after the restructuring when UW System institutions other than UWM, UW-Waukesha, and UW-Washington County are involved?

Collaborative degree programs with other institutions are still being discussed. A primary focus in these discussions is ensuring that the needs of the students currently enrolled in those programs continue to be met.

What will be the expected workload at UWM and the two‐year campuses? Will faculty have the same teaching loads?

At this point and for the 2018-19 academic year, workload for UW Colleges instructors will remain unchanged.

How will faculty who are working toward tenure be affected by differences in the tenure and promotion criteria and processes at the two‐year colleges compared to UWM?

The Academic Affairs and Governance Functional Teams are working on this issue. The new UWM College of General Studies will have its own faculty promotion and tenure processes, separate and distinct from UWM’s current policies and procedures for faculty tenure and promotion.

Will faculty at the two‐year colleges have opportunities for sabbaticals and conference travel similar to those for faculty at UWM?

Details on sabbatical opportunities and conference resources for UW Colleges faculty have not yet been decided.

How will general education courses be managed across the three campuses, particularly when there is duplication in the courses?

The Associate of Arts and Sciences degree will be overseen by the new UWM College of General Studies. UWM does not currently offer an associate’s degree. The Academic Affairs Functional Team is currently looking at the integration of curriculum, focusing on the UW Colleges’ courses and UWM’s general education courses. This team is looking at which courses are transfer equivalents and discussing nonequivalent transfer courses with UWM department chairs. Ultimately, there will be no “duplication” of courses since all courses will be UWM courses.

If the transition takes place by July 1, 2018, how will it affect plans for 2018‐19 that are already in place (e.g., course schedules)?

Course schedules for UW‐Waukesha and UW‐Washington County that have already been developed for the 2018-19 academic year will not change.


What was included in the documentation submitted to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC)?

For more information on the submission to the HLC, including an executive summary, a cover letter from UW System President Ray Cross, the application and UWM’s statement, please click here.


A major area of concern for UW-Waukesha is athletics. Which Functional Team will include Athletics? How will the recruitment of student athletes be affected? Who will be responsible for contacting the NCAA to determine what can and cannot be done? The 2‐year colleges do not follow the NCAA; they follow the WCC. How will athletic and recreation programs be managed post‐restructuring – as a whole or as separate entities? Will recreation programs be managed as club programs?

The Student Affairs Functional Team has a sub-group focused on the planning for athletics. Discussions among the three campuses are occurring. These discussions include stakeholders, as well as interaction across the UW System, for all institutions facing the issues related to restructuring. No final determinations regarding athletics have been made.

Enrollment and Transfers

Will the merger boost enrollments at the two‐year colleges? Is this expectation driving the decision to merge?

Increased opportunities for students as well as the affiliation with UW‐Milwaukee, a world‐renowned research institution, are expected to boost enrollment. UW System President Ray Cross has said, “the purpose of this restructure is to keep campuses open and expand access to higher education by leveraging the strength of our four‐year institutions at a time when overall enrollments at UW Colleges are declining.”

How will students for Fall 2018 be recruited, given the June 30, 2018, deadline for the transition?

Recruitment for Fall 2018 is already in process, and the application and financial aid processes will remain largely the same. UW Colleges’ central marketing office continues to manage recruitment efforts for UW‐Waukesha and UW‐Washington County. Some collaborative recruitment efforts with UW-Milwaukee are occurring, such as UWM Day at the branch campuses this spring. After July 1, 2018, there will be plans to consolidate recruitment efforts.

Will the TRIO programs at UWM and UW-Waukesha be combined during the restructuring?

No decisions have yet been made about how TRIO will transition from the UW Colleges’ federal grant to UWM.

How will the restructuring affect international students?

UW-Waukesha and UW-Washington County have very small international student enrollments. UWM’s Center for International Education will assist in ensuring those campuses remain in compliance with federal laws regarding visa status and enrollment.

After the restructuring, what will be the alumni status be for someone who graduates from UW-Waukesha or UW-Washington County?

After July 1, 2018, UW‐Waukesha and UW‐Washington County will become branch campuses of UW‐Milwaukee. Students who graduate from those campuses after the restructuring will be UW-Milwaukee alumni.

Facilities and Services

How will facilities at the three campuses be managed? Will there be a centralized facilities department?

Discussions are taking place with recommendations that facilities at the branch campuses be integrated into UW‐Milwaukee, which will ultimately manage them.

How will services that are currently centrally provided to UW Colleges be provided in the future?

The ways in which centralized services for the two-year colleges, including human resources, IT support and marketing, will be managed is still being determined. Some services may be contracted, others may reside at UWM, and some may continue to be managed by UW System in the short/long term.

Will transportation be provided for students traveling among the three campuses to take classes? How will parking at the three campuses be handled for faculty, staff and students traveling between them?

Students will continue to register at just one campus, choosing the one that best fits their needs. As a result, we do not anticipate the need to provide students with transportation. No parking changes are being planned – students or faculty traveling from one campus to another will follow the applicable parking rules and choose from the payment options at those campuses.

How will mental health and counseling services be integrated across the three institutions? Will there be an expansion of the type of mental health and counseling services provided on each campus?

This is yet to be determined. The draft organizational structure of the new college has staff to provide mental health counseling at each branch campus, similar to what is currently available. Having the counselors at the branch campuses connected with counselors at UW‐Milwaukee should provide opportunities for integration in the future. At this time, no expansion of services has been discussed.

The food options and service at UWM are impressive. Will the two-year campuses be able to work with UWM vendors and staff to improve options at the branch campuses?

UW‐Milwaukee has over 25,000 students, compared to UW‐Waukesha with 1,475 students and UW‐Washington County with 643 students. In addition, many UWM students live on campus or adjacent to campus, whereas UW‐Waukesha and UW‐Washington County have no student housing. As a result, UWM is able to offer many more food services and options for students. Additional food services at the branch campuses would be based on demand and the ability of vendors to remain profitable.

Tuition and Fees

How will tuition be managed across the three campuses?

Resident tuition rates for 2018‐19 will not change. The tuition model being recommended is that students enrolled at the two-year campuses continue to pay UW Colleges tuition for their degrees. Students enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at UWM will pay UWM tuition.

Which Functional Team will address student segregated fees? How will segregated fees be managed across the three campuses?

The Student Affairs Functional Team is discussing segregated fees. No decisions have yet been made on this issue.


How will taking on UW‐Waukesha and UW‐Washington County affect UWM’s access mission?

UWM will continue its dual research and access mission. Restructuring with the two-year campuses will only strengthen UWM’s access mission.