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Chancellor Wells releases 2011-2012 Strategic Plan Update and Annual Report, shares plan with Board of Regents Thursday

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh is a power source – a knowledge and economic power source – serving as a catalyst in the New North region's communities, a national leader in sustainability and a pioneer in the transformation of general education.

Those are the pillars of distinction upon which the University and UW Oshkosh Chancellor Richard Wells are unveiling the 2011-2012 Strategic Plan Update and Annual Report to the full UW System Board of Regents on Thursday, Feb. 7.

The newly published and accessible report is also now available online. You can see Chancellor Wells’ presentation to the full Board of Regents from 11 a.m. to Noon Thursday HERE. Chancellor Wells will also lead a UW Oshkosh open campus forum on the new strategic plan update and annual report, including an update on Gov. Scott Walker’s Feb. 20 state budget address and proposal, the week of Feb. 25. That forum’s date, time and location will be shared with the campus community when details are finalized.

"This campus community’s teaching, learning and research mission, and the 13,500 students, 1,700 staff and the more-than 80,000 alumni united in it, are the embodiment of an educational, socio-cultural and economic engine,” Wells states in his opening message within the new plan update and report. “Together, we serve as a catalyst in community collaborations with public and private partners that not only improve the city, region and state but also annually supply it with thousands of well-prepared, career-ready graduates who have started giving back even before they have earned their degrees.”

The report, released today,, features updates, action initiatives and activities of the major units of UW Oshkosh. Among the standout accomplishments and highlights:

UW Oshkosh is a national leader in sustainability.

“With every day, the UW Oshkosh campus community finds new and deeper ways to plug into renewable energy and improve operational efficiency, driving the institution further toward carbon neutrality and the ultimate educational effectiveness and value,” Wells said. “While the University makes greater strides toward sustainability, the knowledge gained is shared with University our neighbors, be they city halls or Wisconsin family farms."

UW Oshkosh has taken a pioneering position in the transformation of general education.

Our University Studies Program, a new future for general education, prescribes small learning communities, student-on-student peer mentoring, alumni mentoring and an array of high-impact courses that dovetail with the signature questions a 21st Century student must explore.

The program is built upon better learning and better teaching. Students will question, explore and connect. They will examine the ways to create a more sustainable world, the means of bridging cultural divides and the collaborative work necessary for a life of civic engagement.

Cities thrive when community partners identify problems, band together and find solutions. There may be no better example of it than in the teamwork demonstrated by the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, UW Oshkosh Foundation, two regional hoteliers and the Oshkosh Common Council and its city taxpayers, who got behind the shared effort and investment to resurrect their downtown’s struggling riverfront hotel.

Additional UW Oshkosh highlights and data are available for review at the University’s comprehensive Strategic Plan Update and Annual Report for 2011–2012:

“UW Oshkosh and the UW System institutions, without a doubt, in so many ways, are knowledge-power sources like no other,” Wells said.

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