The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is both a major undergraduate and a regional graduate campus in the statewide University of Wisconsin System, which ranks among the top education systems in the nation; it is one of thirteen four-year campuses in the System. Control of the System rests with the state, a Board of Regents and an administrative head with the title of President. Each campus is administered under the leadership of a chancellor.

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh has a long and distinguished academic history, having served Wisconsin since opening its doors as Oshkosh Normal School in 1871. Keeping abreast of educational trends, the school was designated Wisconsin State Teachers' College in 1925, and upon the approval of curricula in the liberal arts in 1949, became Wisconsin State College, Oshkosh. Recognizing the growth in enrollment and programs and the inauguration of several graduate degrees, the college was designated as Wisconsin State University Oshkosh in July of 1964. Upon the merger of the Wisconsin State University and University of Wisconsin systems, the campus became the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 1971.

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is located in the city of Oshkosh in the heart of the Fox River Valley, a thriving business, manufacturing, and cultural center. Situated in the near northwest section of the city, the modern campus of more than 35 buildings is arranged along a central mall and boulevard and bordered on the west by the Fox River.



The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will be an exemplary comprehensive University which serves and advances the educational interests of the region and beyond.


I. Quality Education. We value education of the highest quality for our students.
II. Faculty and Staff. We are committed to excellence and its continuous development in teaching, scholarship, and professional service.
III. Campus Climate. We strive to create a campus community that promotes excellence and that values diversity. Toward that end, we seek to strengthen ethical conduct with respect to the person, the community, and the environment.
IV. Governance. We value and actively support open and collegial processes.
V. Community. We value partnerships with others to advance the educational, cultural, social, and economic interests of the region and beyond.
VI. Stewardship. We are committed to prudent use of human and fiscal resources, including both (a) the promotion of the best use of the human, financial, and physical resources of the University and (b) the use of continuous improvement processes to enhance communication systems, decision-making, and performance.

(former goals G, H, J incorporated into Values, above)

Goal A -- Quality Education. To provide undergraduate students with a top quality education which ensures a strong foundation in the liberal arts, and to provide graduate students with programs of excellence in their selected academic and professional areas.

Goal B -- Instructional Services and Technology. To provide high-quality laboratories, studios, library services and holdings, electronic and information systems, computing facilities and a system which supports their effective use on campus and beyond.

Goal C -- Human Resource Development. To assist all University personnel to reach their full potential through the enhancement of professional development, employee empowerment, and individual wellness.

Goal D -- Diversity. To diversify the campus population and to heighten sensitivity concerning racial, cultural, gender, ethnic and other related issues.

Goal E -- Campus Community. To develop a strong sense of community that provides a just, purposeful, open, disciplined, caring and celebrative environment. (Reference: "Campus Life: In Search of Community," forward by Ernest L. Boyer, 1990 The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.)

Goal F -- Student Support. To strengthen educational, cultural, and social support for all students.

Goal I -- Accountability. To ensure program and institutional accountability through continuing assessment.

Goal K -- External Partnerships. To develop partnerships with external institutions and groups for the purpose of advancing areas of common interest.


The purpose of this document is to provide a framework of beliefs to promote respectful relationships among all members of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh community. Wherever possible, existing policies have been referenced to demonstrate translation of beliefs into practice.

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is a community of scholars whose members include students, faculty, academic staff, classified staff and administrators. The mission of UW Oshkosh is to discover and disseminate knowledge and to extend the application of knowledge beyond the University for the betterment of society; to develop in its members heightened intellectual, cultural, and humane sensitivity; to enhance its members' scientific, professional and technological expertise and capacity for critical judgment; and to inspire in its members a passion for learning and a sense of values and purpose. Each individual plays an integral role in this common enterprise, and, therefore, has a responsibility to ensure that UW Oshkosh fulfills its mission of providing the best education possible.

Achievement of these goals requires that all members of the UW Oshkosh university community understand and respect their mutual obligations. All members of the university have a responsibility to promote and a right to expect:

  • a shared commitment to education as a dynamic learning process
  • a deep respect for the individuality of each member of the university community...and the preservation of each member's dignity and privacy
  • the highest standards of personal integrity in all interactions within and beyond the university
  • the widest possible range of free inquiry and expression
  • an environment that is free of harassment and free of insulting and demeaning comments and epithets based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, military status, socioeconomic status, family status, or political views; and consistently enforces federal, state, and university protections against discriminatory treatment yet is free from any official speech codes.

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Last Updated July 1, 2001