Quality at UW-Superior: A Liberal Arts Education

Quality at UW-Superior: A Liberal Arts Education


Our mission as an institution is focused on liberal education.  We are members of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges and the Association of American Colleges and Universities and partners in the Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP) program.  A liberal arts education means that we advance a set of learning outcomes essential for success in today's world.

Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Natural and Physical World

  • Grounded in the study of the sciences and mathematics, social sciences, humanities, histories, languages, and the arts
  • Focused through engagement with big questions, both contemporary and enduring

Intellectual and Practical Skills

  • Inquiry, critical and creative thinking
  • Written and oral communication
  • Quantitative literacy
  • Information literacy
  • Teamwork and problem solving

Individual and Social Responsibilities

  • Civic knowledge and engagement-local and global
  • Intercultural knowledge and competence
  • Ethical reasoning and action
  • Foundations and skills for lifelong learning

Integrative Learning

  • Synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized studies
  • The demonstrated capacity to adapt knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new settings and questions


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.

To accomplish these ends, the University will:

  1. Provide students with a carefully articulated and comprehensive foundation in liberal studies as a base for all degree programs.
  2. Award baccalaureate degrees in selected fields in education, the arts and the humanities, in the sciences and social sciences, and in business.
  3. Offer graduate programs in areas associated with its undergraduate emphases and strengths.
  4. Extend its undergraduate and graduate resources beyond the boundaries of the campus through distance learning programs.
  5. Expect scholarly activity, including research, scholarship and creative endeavor, that supports its programs at the associate and baccalaureate degree levels, its selected graduate programs, and its special mission.
  6. Engage in appropriate inter-institutional relationships to enhance educational and service opportunities. 
  7. Foster, with University of Wisconsin-Extension, the development of cooperative and general outreach programming and the integration of the Extension function with that of this institution. 


At the University of Wisconsin-Superior, we value ourselves and our long-term commitment to student learning by emphasizing academic excellence, intellectual development, a student-centered campus, integrity, continual improvement, and mutual respect for diversity.

  • Intellectual Development-In the liberal arts tradition, we seek to cultivate life-long learners who can think critically, communicate in a variety of mediums, and apply knowledge in order to solve problems.
  • Student Focus-We emphasize personal attention to the student.
  • Integrity-We earn trust through honest, sincere, and humble leadership.
  • Continual Improvement-We seek to enhance the quality of all programs and services.
  • Collegiality-We stress mutual respect, appreciation for diversity, and respect for diverse populations.
  • Community-We foster civic engagement and community involvement.


The University of Wisconsin-Superior shall be firmly established as a nationally recognized public liberal arts institution where the learning community emphasizes individual attention and promotes intellectual growth, personal development, career preparation, professional studies, and life-long learning in an atmosphere of individual dignity with respect for the diversity of human cultures.  To this end, UW-Superior continually engages its students and the larger community in global research and discourse, and exposes all to challenging ideas that forge new models of responsible citizenship.  UW-Superior will also celebrate its regional climate and multi-ethnic heritage on a vibrant and beautiful campus.


Academic Excellence

Develop a creative and dynamic learning environment within a liberal arts tradition that enables students to meet their individual goals while fostering life-long learning.


  1. Implement the Liberal Arts Initiative including Writing Across the Curriculum, Academic Service Learning, Senior Experience, Global Awareness, and First Year Experience.  (Immediate)
  2. Recognize and support practices that encourage and celebrate student achievements.  (Immediate)
  3. Expand undergraduate research and internship opportunities.  (Long Term)
  4. Respond to the continuing and changing needs of both traditional and non-traditional students. (Long Term)

Culture of Respect

Create and foster an accepting community in which all staff and students feel safe, and diverse perspectives are valued.


  1. Create a community of shared leadership and decision-making.  (Immediate)
  2. Foster the highest standards of ethical conduct, both personally and professionally.  (Immediate)
  3. Create a campus and classroom climate that celebrates diversity and creates a nurturing environment for all.  (Immediate)

Campus Life

Create an intellectual and cultural experience outside of the classroom that supports, complements, and enhances the in-class experience, reflective of the public liberal arts education.


  1. Increase participation in intellectual, cultural, and social activities. (Short Term)
  2. Develop programs targeted at increasing student retention. (Immediate)
  3. Promote programs that enhance our unique natural environment.  (Short Term)
  4. Develop inclusive programming that allows greater participation of non-traditional/commuting students, staff, and the local community. (Immediate)
  5. Promote and recognize outstanding leadership of staff and students. (Short Term)
  6. Increase the number of opportunities for leadership development for all staff and students. (Short Term)

Continuous Improvement

The University will improve its programs and services on a continual basis.  All facets of operations will be regularly assessed and modified when appropriate.


  1. Develop a culture of evidence, accountability, and transparency. (Long Term)
  2. Develop and implement tenure, promotion, and evaluation processes that provide meaningful and measurable feedback. (Short Term)
  3. Launch a continuous quality improvement program. (Immediate)
  4. Develop and implement a comprehensive student and program outcomes assessment and improvement plan. (Immediate)
  5. Develop an improved campus-wide process for student evaluation of instructor and advisor effectiveness. (Short Term)

Resource Management

Exercise responsible stewardship of all resources.


  1. Develop an administrative and academic structure for the university that is functionally sound. (Immediate)
  2. Develop an efficient and productive scheduling process to maximize use of resources. (Short Term)
  3. Utilize shared governance through which fiscal priorities are established, annually reviewed, and communicated. (Immediate)
  4. Seek alternative funding mechanisms. (Immediate)
  5. Foster relationships with public and private agencies. (Short Term)
  6. Develop attractive physical environments and appropriate infrastructures. (Immediate)
  7. Develop facilities that conserve and protect natural resources. (Immediate)
  8. Reduce the campus' energy consumption. (Immediate)

Enrollment Management

Utilize enrollment management principles to ensure a diverse student body while strengthening our academic standards.


  1. Develop and implement a recruitment and admissions plan that addresses our changing demographics. (Immediate)
  2. Review existing articulation agreements and develop new agreements to make the transfer process more easily navigable. (Short Term)
  3. Develop and implement a comprehensive student retention plan. (Immediate)
  4. Increase diversity of the student body. (Long Term)
  5. Develop and implement a seamless recruitment, admission, advisement, and registration process. (Short Term)

University Image

Project a positive image of the University that promotes our unique qualities and enhances public relations, recruitment, and retention.


  1. Develop and maintain a vibrant an engaging web presence. (Immediate)
  2. Implement a unified, comprehensive marketing strategy. (Immediate)
  3. Strengthen campus connections with alumni, parents, and families. (Short Term)
  4. Develop the campus as a cultural center and regional destination point. (Long Term)
  5. Increase public awareness of the University's contributions to regional economic development. (Short Term)
  6. Create and foster connections and partnerships with government, businesses, non-profits, and K-16 schools that foster development and economic growth. (Long Term)