The objective in the 20 th century has been to make university resources more available to Wisconsin citizen; the 21 st century will see an increase in organizational interaction and the growth of resources and technology.
...University faculty and staff and their partners in external organizations will make up the “outreach leaders” of tomorrow .
Alan B. Knox and Joe Corry
The Wisconsin Idea for the 21 st Century
Visionary Leadership . The commitment to university outreach, which dates back to the land grant tradition of the 1800s, is still supported by national, state, and local public policy. The Wisconsin Idea in the 21st century depend s in t wo key factors:
the effectiveness of leadership demonstrated by outreach proponents,
political leadership that combines university, private, and state agencies efforts.
UW-Madison Mission, Vision, Priorities Mission To create, integrate, transfer and apply knowledge Learning Environment Learning Community Vision Learning Experience
Interconnectiveness Renewing the campus physical environment Using technology wisely Ecouraging collaboration Rethinking the organization Maximizing the human resources Priorities Systems Updating the Wisconsin Idea Joining the global community Reconceptualizing undergraduate education Maintaining the research preeminence Priorities
The International Institute and the World Affair and the Global Economy (WAGE)
The Teaching Academy
Instructional technology in teaching
Campus Master Plan
The Biotechnology Building is a new model
Healthstar, interdisciplinary clinical research-learning center
University-Industry Relations / University Research Park
Research Findings Methodology : I applied a 10 question survey to 28 UW-Madison current students. Six of the questions were open, and the other four were open-ended. 22 out of 28 were undergraduates , and the other six were graduated. Undergraduate majors varied as follow: 2 in Marketing, 2 in Natural Sciences, 3 in medical sciences, 2 in literature, 1 in philosophy, 2 in journalism, 2 in history and geography, 1 in Chemical Engineering, 2 in business and economics, 1 in rural sociology 2 in English, 1 in education, 1 undecided. The six graduated were:, 1 in German, 1 Architect, 1 in Education, 2 in Spanish Literature, and 1 in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics. Purposes: Among the aims of the survey were to argument the accomplishment of the UW-Madison distinctive curriculum viewed through its mission and vision. Then, I wanted to know if this university is being centered around “teaching and learning communities.” Finally, I wanted to discern students view of UW-Madison promoting cross-departmental and cross-college connections while preparing for growth in academic field that extend beyond traditional areas of study, as well as their sense of global education. Findings: Remarkably interesting is to find that all students agreed that UW-Madison provides multiple learning opportunities and they are being educated for a productive life as well; 27 agreed that UW-Madison is promoting ways of engaging in global education; 24 agreed that the university is encouraging students intellectual innovation. One of the undergraduates says that: “the education at UW-Madison should be more challenging at the undergrad level. The general education and major requirements should work together to challenge our intellect and teach us to critically think.”
Research Findings Table # 1 1 NA 27 5. Are you being educated for a productive life at UW-Madison?
You learn to interact with many kind of people
It encourage me to get involved in the community
People do not always become better citizen here
The liberal nature of Madison promotes active citizenship if you choose
2 4 somewhat 22 4. Do you think that the education at UW-Madison instructs you for citizenship?
Register for classes
Good deal of one-on-one instruction
5 15 NA 8 3. Has the Cross-College Advising Service been helpful to you? Seven of them mentioned that interactions are mainly with TAs 10 4 NA 14 2. Do you think that UW-Madison promotes learning interactions between students and professors
Seminars and conferences 2
Cultural events 7
Doit courses 7
Studies abroad 4
28 1. Does UW-Madison provide you with multiple learning opportunities and contexts? Comments No Yes Question
6 NA 6. What Courses do you receive as part of general education?
Studies abroad opportunities 8
Visiting professors 3
International and cultural events 3
Travel opportunities 2
History and Spanish classes 2
Professors from other countries 2
2 26 10. Is UW-Madison promoting ways of engaging global education? 4 24 9. Do you feel that UW-Madison is encouraging your intellectual innovation 6 22 8. Do you agree that UW-Madison promotes interdisciplinary cross-departmental and cross-college connections? 1 3 somewhat 6 NA 18 7. Do you freely choose your elective courses? Comments No Yes Question
This study has provided me with more knowledge about academic programs in general and the curricula at UW-Madison in particular. Also, I learned why this university has a distinctive curriculum because i t is clear that UW-Madison has a curriculum based on a combination of multiple organizing principles; it is a system made up of various elements with interactionships. In addition, UW-Madison promotes community interactions due to its Wisconsin Idea – University Extension. In fact, it is promoting a learning environment, learning experience, and learning community system. Students agree that UW-Madison encourages them intellectual innovations. The curricula is moving toward experimental learning opportunities, including work-learning and service learning programs, cross-cultural experiences, individual growth experiences , and global understanding . Curricula is developed in breath and depth. Changes can be seen from the fist Liberal Education Curricula to the current one ; nonetheless , courses maintain the theoretical, practical, and productive ideas based on what Aristotle promoted . All in all, UW-Madison keeps a good balance among structural, political, cultural, and nonfoundational curriclum design.