Update email to students: Washington County Work Group recommendations

On Thursday, the UWM Washington County Work Group voted unanimously on recommendations regarding the future of UWM at Washington County. The group’s recommendations have been submitted to Chancellor Mark Mone for consideration.   

It’s important to note that UWM at Washington County remains open. The recommendations do not include a merger with Moraine Park Technical College. 

The Work Group recommends that UWM at Washington County be fully incorporated into the rest of UWM over the next several years.  

This would include using a common admissions process, a common UWM course catalog, eliminating the College of General Studies as an academic unit and integrating it into other units, and further review of how best to use the UWM at Washington County facilities.   

These are just recommendations. But they could bring some changes in future years that benefit students:

  • All students would be admitted as bachelor’s degree-seeking students. 
  • UWM would have a common course catalog, rather than different courses for its branch campuses. 
  • The unified course catalog would also result in a more seamless process for students moving between UWM campuses.

During the Fall 2023 semester, UWM leadership will review the recommendations. The recommendations will also be shared and considered in close consultation with UW System leadership, local elected officials, community stakeholders and other campus leaders.   

The Work Group sent out a survey to prospective, current and past students at the UWM at Washington County campus. The group is grateful for the time and effort of the many people who spoke with its members. 

UWM leadership will keep you updated on any developments and any next steps resulting from the Washington County Work Group’s recommendations.