The UW Oshkosh Division of Lifelong Learning and Community Engagement (LLCE) is dedicated to the needs and educational opportunities for nontraditional learners, including returning adult students, professionals who are interested in noncredit learning opportunities, and businesses who seek training opportunities for their employees. With a focus on personal, professional and economic development, these learning opportunities provide skills and learning growth, as well as a connection to the university through nontraditional and distance programs.
LLCE’s degree programs and non-credit programs have continued to diversify throughout the 2012-2013 academic year. We now offer six online baccalaureate programs, and we partner with COEHS to deliver two more. In fall 2014, we will begin a partnership with COLS to deliver the criminal justice major online. We also offer three undergraduate credit certificate programs.
In addition to our credit offerings, LLCE’s personal and professional development programs have expanded to address the needs of professionals through workshops, conferences and noncredit certificates, as well as the learning needs of retired individuals through the Learning in Retirement programs.
Programming expansion has been met with a continued commitment to outstanding services for adult and nontraditional learners. The adult student services office within LLCE has experienced outstanding growth in the number of students served, and the new, holistic advising model in the our online student advising office ensures that online students are provided outstanding advising services from the time they inquire to the day they graduate. Finally, our personal and professional development participants have been met with a renewed level of service, as LLCE has tailored its marketing, recruitment and registration processes to the programs and needs that our participants individually identify.
With a continued commitment to provide access, support and opportunities that meet lifelong learners’ needs, LLCE has expanded access to UW Oshkosh through creative partnerships, innovative programs, dedicated service, and a focus on future education trends.
- In the fall of 2013, UW Oshkosh began offering a new program in Aviation Management. This program is an emphasis in the Leadership and Organizational Studies major.
- In 2013, we offered the first three of six courses 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.
- Based on internal and external market studies, the LLCE developed a recruitment plan to improve current partnerships and expand recruitment with UW Colleges and Wisconsin Technical colleges. Expansion efforts will broaden our face-to-face recruitment activities in terms of quality, frequency and geographic reach.
- A new recruiter-advisor has been hired to serve Southern and Southwestern Wisconsin. This will significantly expand our reach for identifying and serving potential students for our online degree and certificate programs.
- Our adult student resource office awarded the first annual “Outstanding Returning Adult Student” award to twenty-five students as a way to honor their commitment to campus.
- Our adult student resource office connected with 1,508 students, campus and community members in 2013 for the purpose of providing support and recognition to nontraditional students along with outreach to the campus community and the Oshkosh area at large. This is a 300 percent increase over 2012.