The Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement (LLCE) has restructured during the last year to provide new and continued programs and services. UW Oshkosh online degree and certificate programs have expanded to offer eight quality programs and one professional certificate, which are also offered in hybrid format on two-year and technical college campuses throughout Wisconsin. Our personal and professional development programs have continued to diversify, offering quality conferences, workshops and continuing education opportunities to professionals and youth. Advising and student services for adult nontraditional students is better structured to accommodate the needs of nearly 3,000 adult nontraditional students at UW Oshkosh.
Collaborations and partnerships have also been a focus of our 2011–2012 efforts. Our Aviation Management emphasis for the Bachelor of Applied Studies program was developed with close collaboration with Fox Valley Technical College. The Chief Officer program, a non-credit leadership certificate for fire officers in Wisconsin, was established and will be promoted through a partnership with the Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association. And a preparation course for individuals taking the Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian exam was set up through collaboration with the College of Letters and Science at UW Oshkosh. These are just three examples of how campus, community and UW System partnerships have assisted us in our efforts to deliver innovative educational opportunities to nontraditional learners.
With a renewed commitment to providing access, support and academic guidance for nontraditional learners, LLCE has continued to expand access to UW Oshkosh through partnerships, active professional mentoring and creative delivery of high-quality programming.
- In the fall of 2012, UW Oshkosh began offering a new program in Aviation Management. This program is an emphasis in the Leadership and Organizational Studies major.
- The Bachelor of Applied Studies majors continue to experience double-digit growth. As of fall 2012, 195 students are declared majors in the Leadership and Organizational Studies major; the Fire and Emergency Response Management major now claims 92 students.
- The University received approval from the Higher Learning Commission to offer all LLCE majors and emphases (three majors and four emphases) in a completely online format.
- In the spring of 2013, UW Oshkosh will offer the first class in a new non-credit Fire Chief Officer Program. This is a comprehensive leadership training program for chiefs and officers in Wisconsin fire and emergency response services.
- The UW Oshkosh Credit for Prior Learning program meets all Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and Higher Learning Commission (HLC) standards, and as of fall 2012, a total of 22 students have earned 167 credits through credit by portfolio.
- The Wisconsin Youth Leadership Academy (WYLA) won a 2012 University of Wisconsin College and University of Wisconsin Extension Chancellor’s Award for excellence in civic engagement and community outreach.