UWM School and College Realignment

As part of UW–Milwaukee’s long-term strategic planning envisioned in the 2030 Action Plan, several UWM schools and colleges are being realigned.

As a result, the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare, School of Education and School of Information Studies will be housed under the new College of Community Engagement and Professions. The realignment process is underway and will become effective July 1, 2023.

What you need to know

  • Majors and academic programs for currently enrolled students are unchanged.
  • Faculty and instructors will continue teaching and supporting their existing majors/programs.
  • Academic and student support services will continue as they do now.
  • The degrees granted will come from the current school in which students are enrolled.

Student Benefits

  • More access to advisors – Students will receive guidance from advisors who may be cross-trained in related areas, and/or students will be welcome to seek out guidance from advisors in adjacent schools. Advisors will have a deep knowledge of a particular program and may also serve as additional, or “backup,” support for adjacent schools.
  • Greater ability to find the right fit in terms of a major – With advisors trained in multiple areas (or access to advisors in adjacent schools), students can receive guidance on more than just one program. Students will be exposed to more options and therefore will be more likely to find the major that suits them best.
  • More flexibility in courses – Students may have more options in terms of prerequisites and/or electives as they cross over into other schools, expand their learning and discover different approaches to common problems.
  • More experiences that mimic real jobs – Professions don’t exist in a vacuum. That’s why interprofessional education has become so important in higher education institutions, including UWM. Through hands-on, team-based learning opportunities, students will experience how different professions work together from a variety of perspectives, including patient care, population health, entrepreneurship, creative design, educational access, data security and social welfare.
  • More marketability within related fields – Seeing other professions in action, having advisors potentially aware of related programs, and being part of related courses can help students realize they have many more career options than they first thought. This could manifest by students finding a different major or by blending fields by choosing a major in one school and a minor or certification in another. This could make students more marketable as they seek employment.
  • More opportunities for interdisciplinary research – As faculty from adjacent schools work together to address various challenges, students at the undergraduate and graduate levels can be part of these research projects, working alongside students, faculty and staff from other disciplines.
  • More holistic approach to complex issues – As students take part in interprofessional education at UWM, through hands-on learning, coursework and research projects, they will realize that complex issues facing Greater Milwaukee and the world beyond can’t be solved by one discipline alone. Instead, solutions will depend on multi-pronged approaches that can be better carried out in this realigned structure.
  • More access to facilities – Many of UWM’s schools have innovative spaces used for hands-on learning, performances and/or social networking. Because of the realignment, students, faculty and staff in adjacent schools will have access to spaces that were traditionally used by a limited number of programs. Possible examples include the Peck School of the Arts’s 3D animation lab, the Jan Serr Studio, kitchens in the Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and Enderis Hall, the James & Yvonne Ziemer Clinical Simulation Center and the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center.
  • Highly specialized programs – Schools within the newly formed colleges will each retain their own identity and will continue to attract and retain faculty and staff known for their deep understanding of their fields of study. Students will learn from these experts as they follow a specific career pathway while at the same time realizing that their path exists in the context of related disciplines.