All FAQ – UWM/UW-Milwaukee Regional Transition

  • Are the sports at the UW Colleges going to be Club Sports? Will the mascot for the branch campuses change?

    Yes, a UW System Project Decision states that branch campus athletics will be defined as “club sports.” Full details of the Project Decision are here. The Project Decision does not dictate team colors or mascots, decisions which likely rest with each Receiving Institution.

  • Are there any updates on the campus naming?

    UW System provided guidelines for campus renaming.
    Based on input from Waukesha and Washington County students and stakeholders, UWM will submit a request for the two-year campuses to be known as University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Waukesha and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Washington County, respectively. Signage on the branch campuses will also utilize “Waukesha Campus” and “Washington County Campus”. The Board of Regents will review our naming request in August 2018.

  • What process are students to follow in transferring to UWM from UW-Washington County or UW-Waukesha?

    For 2018-19 (fall 2018 through summer of 2019) students will follow the same process to transfer to UWM as they have previously had, which can be found here.  For 2019-20 and going forward, students who are admitted and attend the branch campuses will transition to the main campus of UWM using a different process that has yet to be defined.  The process will be clarified by the Undergraduate Admissions Office and/or Registrar’s Office.

  • How will the restructuring affect services for veterans?

    In the first year, there will be no changes to veterans’ services. UWM has considerable expertise in providing veterans’ services, and those services will transition sometime next year.

  • When do the employees of the 2-year colleges become employees of UWM? How will their reporting lines be determined?

    UWC instructors and staff became UWM employees on July 1, 2018. Reporting lines for most UW-Waukesha and UW-Washington County employees did not change from current practices. Some employees in certain functional units (e.g., maintenance) will report to UWM staff with dotted line reporting to the College of General Studies (CGS). Other staff will report to CGS through department chairs or some other functional unit within CGS.

  • Will email addresses change on July 1, 2018 for faculty, staff, and students in the CGS?

    Email addresses will change for CGS employees at a yet undetermined future date. CITS will provide ample communications about the changes prior to implementation.

  • Will the current standing committees for the UW Colleges remain in place after the transition in the CGS?

    Formally, the UW Colleges will cease to exist as an accredited institution after July 1, 2018. As such, the governance structure of the UW Colleges will also cease. However, during the transition and prior to approvals of new CGS governance policies, good faith efforts will guide governance activities. These good faith efforts may include continuation of existing committee structures or policies as guides.

  • Who are the department chairs for the new College of General Studies (CGS)?

    Department chair elections and recommendations were conducted in May 2018. Interim Dean Stephen Schmid recommended the following chairs to the provost and they have been approved.

    • Dean Kowalski – Arts & Humanities
    • Talitha Selby – Mathematics & Natural Sciences
    • Julianna Alitto – Social Sciences & Business

    The department chairs already have initiated their work on governance policy for the departments, division, and college, including tenure, retention, and promotion policy. Department chairs also will receive training in academic affairs and curriculum management, student affairs, business affairs, HR functions, and UWM’s department chair training.

  • What is the timeline for recruiting a permanent dean for the CGS? How will recruitment work for other administrative positions within the CGS?

    Provost Johannes Britz will determine the timeline for recruiting a permanent dean. Other administrative positions are being filled by existing regional and campus staff, as budget and organization chart allow.

  • Who is the interim dean for the College of General Studies and what has that person’s role been for the UW Colleges?

    Dr. Stephen E. Schmid will assume the role of Interim Dean for the College of General Studies on July 1. Currently, Dr. Schmid is the Southeast Regional Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the UW Colleges. In this role, he oversees curriculum, instructional staffing, and student academic support services at UW-Waukesha, UW-Washington County, and UW-Sheboygan. In addition, he serves as the campus administrator at UW-Waukesha, where he works with campus staff in managing the day-to-day operations of the campus.

    After completing his doctoral degree in philosophy 14 years ago at UW-Madison, Dr. Schmid started with the UW Colleges at UW-Rock County in Janesville, Wisconsin. Soon after promotion to associate professor, he moved into various leadership roles including associate dean for academic affairs. Holding that position prior to the UW Colleges’ regionalization, he gained broad experience serving on numerous teams engaged in the restructuring of the UW Colleges’ 13 campuses into its current four-region model. In the current restructuring process, he is a member of a half dozen working groups at both UW-Green Bay and UW-Milwaukee.

  • How is the Online Collaborative progressing?

    The Online Collaborative discussions were delayed this spring. It is anticipated that UW System will restart work on the Online Collaborative program this summer.

  • What is the status of the reimagined degree?

    Yes, Provost Britz has asked that CGS move forward with the reimagined AAS degree. In 2015, UW System mandated the updating of associate’s degrees as part of the UW LEAP initiative (SYS 115, adopted June 2015). The UW Colleges’ reimagined AAS degree complies with this UW System mandate and is modeled on AAUP’s LEAP Essential Learning Outcomes. UWM’s College of Letters & Science has started discussions about GER reform using this model.

  • Will the current interdisciplinary programs at the UW Colleges, such as the Gender and Sexuality and Women Studies programs that are housed at UW-Waukesha be housed within the UWM CGS, even though similar (but different) programs are in place at UW-Milwaukee?

    UWM has cross-department and inter-college programs. Like curriculum integration and other inter-college collaborations, these discussions are beginning and will continue next academic year.

  • Are there any updates on how there will be collaboration with other schools/colleges at UWM to align CGS courses with those at UWM? What is the timeframe for getting this done? What is the role of governance in this process?

    A UW-Waukesha, UW-Washington County and UWM working group has started the curriculum integration process. CGS faculty and staff collected old and new course guides and course syllabi. The appropriate departments at UWM are working to review and compare CGS course guides and syllabi with their own. As UWM departments complete their reviews, the working group will coordinate with future CGS governance representatives to address any changes. In order to prepare UWM’s timetable for fall 2019 semester, the entire review and approval process should be completed by December 2018.

    In addition, discussions with other UWM schools and colleges about collaborative programming at CGS are starting. Many of these discussions are ongoing and will continue into the next academic year.

  • When will the information be shared about decisions related to funding for buyouts for the department chairs in the CGS? Information about any budget discussions has not been shared with the UW Colleges faculty

    Budget discussions and decisions are ongoing, both with UW System and at the UWM and CGS level. Course releases for department chairs and other positions are still under review as part of the process of creating a budget model for CGS. As UWM leadership approves segments of the budget affecting CGS, these decisions will be communicated.

  • Who will be responsible for the UW-Waukesha and UW-Washington County facilities?

    It is expected that the counties will continue to support campus facilities. Existing maintenance and custodial staff will continue to provide maintenance of the facilities.

  • Will faculty and staff be reimbursed for travel for shared governance or other required meetings at UWM? Will Skype meetings still be possible?

    Required travel is reimbursed. Skype meetings will continue to be cost-effective means of conducting business.

  • How is the budget for the CGS to be determined? When will the budget for the CGS be determined?

    Early in the restructuring process, UW System drafted a tentative budget distribution model using the UW Colleges’ existing budget model. The draft budget distribution model includes three budget areas: region, campus, and central services. The distribution proportions and timing vary by area. Details and distribution timing remain under negotiation. For the most part, the future CGS budget will be the budget allocations UW System transfers to UWM.

  • It feels like decisions about who will serve in specific positions in the CGS will be made before the organizational structure is clearly defined and finalized. What safeguards will be in place to ensure that the faculty have input on the decisions?

    A draft organizational chart was created for the Higher Learning Commission for purposes of the accreditation review that took place from approximately January to June 2018 and for the creation of a new college within UWM. The draft organizational chart was created to be consistent with UWM organizational practices. This draft CGS organization chart was reviewed and approved by UWM faculty governance in spring 2018, as part of the approval process for the new College of General Studies (CGS). The CGS draft organization chart will be subject to budgetary constraints. Given that the UW Colleges budget being transferred to UWM continues to be reviewed with some parts of the budget not transferring until mid-2019, the organization chart is a work in progress with pieces approved following UWM leadership review. UWM leadership will have the final determination regarding organizational structure.

  • Is there a requirement for shared governance representation from the CGS? How will the governance representation work before a governance document is in place for the CGS?

    CGS will have shared governance representation at UWM starting in fall 2018. Three CGS senators were elected in spring 2018. In absence of complete and approved policies, good faith efforts will guide department, division, and CGS actions.

  • Have there been discussions about the salary disparities for faculty at the 2-year colleges compared to faculty at UWM?

    Questions about salary disparities have been raised. These discussions ultimately must consider tuition revenues and budgetary implications, with the latter expected to remain unknown for many months, if not longer. Recently, the UW Colleges underwent a merit salary exercise, which is still in effect.

  • Will the 2-year colleges be able to continue to hire for positions at their individual campuses or will the UWM Strategic Position Control apply to them as well?

    The College of General Studies, just like other UWM Colleges/Schools will be under Strategic Position Control (SPC). SPC is a mechanism to control expenditures at UW-Milwaukee given the fluctuations in enrollments. UWM’s Provost Britz and Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administrative Affairs Robin Van Harpen oversees this process. SPC is functionally like the UW Colleges’ past practice of reviewing hiring decisions based on an enrollment adjusted budget model.

  • Will the CGS faculty members be part of a department or a division? How are the department chairs and members of the Divisional Committee determined?

    Each UWM college/school has a department structure, with the number of departments varying by college/school. CGS will have three departments: Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences & Business, and Mathematics & Natural Sciences. Through elections, these inter-disciplinary departments recently recommended chairs, which will be recommended by the interim CGS dean to the Provost. Departments oversee academics, staffing, and assessment standards and quality.

    UWM currently has four divisions: Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Professions. Divisions are the governance mechanism for addressing tenure, retention, and promotion after department reviews. In addition, the divisional structure is the mechanism by which the 13+ schools/colleges at UWM participate in the larger governance structure. As part of the restructuring, a new division is being proposed for CGS. This governance body will be constituted from members of each CGS department following UWM policy.

  • When can the faculty expect to receive their contract letters? Does the UW System Board of Regents need to do something formal before the branch campus faculty can receive their contract letters?

    Instructional and non-instructional staff received letters of intent from UWM in early June 2018. In a separate but related action, at their June meeting the UW Board of Regents considered and approved a proposal to create at UWM a new college, the College of General Studies, which will become the new academic home of the current faculty/staff/students of UW-Waukesha and UW-Washington County

  • How will consolidating with 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.

  • Which Functional Team is addressing student segregated fees? How will segregated fees be managed across the three campuses?

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

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

    The TRIO Student Support Services Program is a federally funded program. UW Colleges transferred the Principal Investigator along with the grant to UW-Whitewater. The Principal Investigator at UW-Whitewater will continue to be responsible for administration of TRIO grant activities at the Waukesha campus. More information can be found here on the UW System website.

  • 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. Since July 1, recruitment efforts have been consolidated.

  • 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.”

  • Which Functional Team includes Athletics? How will athletic and recreation programs be managed post‐restructuring?

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 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.

  • Where will UW Flexible Option degrees be housed?

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • What will happen to collaborative programs between two-year campuses and UW institutions that are not being integrated under the proposal?

    Successful collaborative partnerships and programs should continue, regardless of whether a UW institution and a two-year campus are affiliated post-restructuring. We will continue to encourage and build upon innovative programs that enable student success.

  • Will I be able to go to Pantherfest and UWM basketball games?

    Yes, students in Waukesha and Washington County will be able to attend Pantherfest and UWM basketball games. These are two of the most popular events supported by UWM student segregated fees.

  • How will student organizations at the two-year institutions be affected by the restructuring?

    Student life is an integral part of the college experience, and funding from student segregated fees at those campuses will continue to support student organizations after the transition.

  • How will student governance be affected by the restructuring?

    Wisconsin law calls for students to determine how they are organized at each campus. Therefore, student governance leaders are being asked to determine how they would like to be organized moving forward. No determination has been made yet.

  • I am a current student working toward meeting the requirements of the Badger Promise program. How will the restructuring affect that?

    Any student currently enrolled at UW Colleges and already working toward meeting the requirements of the Badger Promise transfer agreement will still be eligible for the transfer, as well as the financial support included in that program.

  • If my campus is part of UWM after July 1, do I actually have to transfer to UWM for a bachelor’s degree? Or am I already admitted?

    If you would like to pursue a bachelor’s degree at UWM, an application and academic materials will need to be submitted for review. The exact application process will be determined by Sept. 15, 2018.

  • What is going to happen to the guaranteed transfer program?

    The guaranteed transfer programs will continue to be honored. UW System also is working to improve transfer options to all comprehensive and research institutions.

  • Can I still transfer to other UW four-year institutions, or do I have to go to UWM?

    Students will still be able to transfer between all UW System institutions, as long as they meet an institution’s admissions requirements. One of the major goals of this proposal is to make transferring credits within the UW System easier.

  • I enjoy the small classes at UW-Waukesha/UW-Washington County. Will class sizes increase after my campus joins UWM? How big are classes as UWM?

    Class sizes vary depending upon the course, enrollment and the faculty’s determination of the most appropriate mode of instruction. That said, we do not anticipate an increase in class sizes at any of the three campuses. At UW-Waukesha, the average class size is currently about 25 students. At UW-Washington County, it is 24. At UWM, the average class size is 26, and more than 40 percent of our undergraduate classes have 19 or fewer students in them.

  • Will I still have access to tutoring and support services after July 1? Will UWM add support services at my campus?

    Yes, academic tutoring and other support services will continue to be available to you. No additional resources have been identified at this time, but conversations will continue throughout the next year to determine what support is needed.

  • What will happen to my professors? Will they lose their jobs because they don’t have tenure?

    There is no plan to lay off professors. Planning for restructuring includes establishing a system for faculty governance that provides faculty at the two-year campuses with a voice in determining how tenure will be granted. That planning is still in progress.

  • Will my financial aid be affected?

    No changes are expected in the financial aid packages processed and awarded.

  • How will student segregated fees be affected?

    A Student Affairs team, which includes members who are students, is examining the issue of segregated fees. Part of their work has involved a survey of UW-Waukesha and UW-Washington County students regarding their preferences. No decisions have been made yet.

  • How will my tuition be affected?

    Tuition for the 2018-19 school year will remain unchanged. We know the two-year campuses are important access points for many students, and we are committed to keeping higher education affordable.

  • I chose UW-Waukesha/UW-Washington County in part because I wasn’t ready to choose a major. Will I need to choose one after July 1? What support does UWM offer for students who haven’t yet chosen majors?

    No, you do not need to pick a major as part of the restructuring. Academic advisors will work with you on selecting appropriate courses that support your academic exploration and help you identify the best pathway into a major. Along with academic advising, UWM offers career and major exploration fairs, career planning resources and a breadth of general education requirements that will support any major you eventually choose.

  • If I want to take some classes at UWM’s main campus in Milwaukee, will I have that option?

    To enroll at UWM’s main campus, you must be admitted to UWM in a bachelor’s degree program. In the future, some courses may be available to you, but not at this time.

  • Will I have to travel to Milwaukee for classes?

    No, you’ll take classes at the campus you applied to, Waukesha or Washington County.

  • What school will I be going to after July 1? What will its name be?

    You will be a student at UWM. Based on input from Waukesha and Washington County students and stakeholders, UWM will submit a request for the two-year campuses to be known as University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Waukesha and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Washington County, respectively. Signage on the branch campuses will also utilize “Waukesha Campus” and “Washington County Campus”.  The Board of Regents will review the request at their August 2018 meeting.

  • I am a current student at UW-Waukesha/UW-Washington County. Will I still be able to take classes at my campus?

    Yes. Some course names may change to align with those at UWM, but you will still have access to the same course and program offerings. One of our future goals is to offer more courses at the Waukesha and West Bend campuses in partnership with UWM.