Liberal Arts High-Impact Practices
What does "Liberal Arts" mean? The term "liberal arts" is described in Encyclopedia Britannica as a "college or university curriculum aimed at imparting general knowledge and developing intellectual capacities, in contrast to a professional, vocational, or technical curriculum."
"The University of Wisconsin-Superior fosters intellectual growth and career preparation within a liberal arts tradition that emphasizes individual attention and embodies respect for diverse cultures and multiple voices."
Over the past decade, UW-Superior has moved to embrace an identity as a public liberal arts college. In 1998, the UW Board of Regents designated UW-Superior as "Wisconsin's Public Liberal Arts College." Three years later, UW-Superior gained entrance to the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC).
In 2003, as part of UW-Superior's regular accreditation process, the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities (NCA) Site Team specifically recommended that UW-Superior implement "generally accepted features" of a liberal arts-based educational experience and that core features consistent with that experience be integrated across the curriculum.
In response, the campus has developed a detailed initiative to provide UW-Superior students with a distinctive set of experiences rooted in the liberal arts tradition and consistent with our status as a public university. Full implementation of this initiative will give concrete form to UW-Superior's mission as Wisconsin's Public Liberal Arts College and will provide students with a holistic set of experiences from admission to graduation.
To achieve the full recruitment and retention benefits of the previously described activities, the campus must make investments in admissions, advisement, and institutional research.
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