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UW-Fox Valley, UW-Stevens Point Announce New Collaborative Degree Program

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The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, two outstanding and innovative campuses within the 26 campus UW System, announced a new collaborative bachelor’s degree program in General Studies that is scheduled to start with the Fall 2005 semester. This new degree program provides college students from northeastern Wisconsin the opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies from UW-Stevens Point, while taking all of the classes at the convenient UWFox campus.

Virginia Helm, UWSP Provost and Vice ChancellorCampus leaders from the two collaborating campuses provided comments and remarks about the bachelor’s degree program at a news conference held at the UWFox campus on July 13. Among the officials speaking were UWFox Dean and Campus Executive Office Jim Perry, UW Colleges Interim Chancellor Margaret Cleek, UWSP Provost and Vice Chancellor Virginia Helm, and UWSP Collaborative Degree Program Coordinator David Gibbs.

Helm remarked that, “As the chief academic officer of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, I am delighted to be extending our collaborative degree program in general studies to the UW-Fox Valley and the students it serves in the region. The program builds on the superb liberal arts education provided by UW-Fox Valley to adults who need a college degree to obtain a desired job or to advance in their current work environment. We look forward to implementing the strong partnership evidenced by this signing ceremony.”

Lance Grahn, Dean of UW-SP College of Letters and ScienceLance Grahn, Dean of the UWSP College of Letters and Science, where the General Studies bachelor’s degree program is administered, said, "This signing ceremony marks a significant stage in the development of the partnership between the UW Colleges and UWSP. We at UWSP deeply value the strength, dedication, and expertise of our colleagues at the UW Colleges. Together, we continue to adapt to the changing needs of the citizens and the economy of Wisconsin, and we look forward to our expanding collaboration on behalf of all of our students as they pursue their university degrees, exemplified today by the hospitality shown to us by UW-Fox Valley.”

Jim Perry, UWFox Campus DeanPerry added, “Over the past several years as I have met with individuals in our community, one theme has emerged – the need for educational access at a place and time convenient for the student. This is especially important for the non-traditional student, the adult learner, trying to juggle his or her family, professional and educational life. This bachelor’s degree program is designed to fit the needs, from content to scheduling, of busy people.”

This new collaborative degree program allows students to earn their four-year degree by taking all of their classes at UWFox. The classes are taught by faculty at times during the day and evening that are designed to be convenient for the students. The concept of “your time, your place” describes the cooperative approach that UWFox and UWSP is using to develop and implement this program.

UWFox is one of 13 campuses of the UW Colleges, a division of the statewide University of Wisconsin System. The mission of the UW Colleges is to provide accessible, affordable and high quality courses primarily in the freshman/sophomore curriculum. Several years ago, UWFox began offering collaborative bachelor’s degree programs, including a Bachelor’s of Liberal Studies Degree in Organizational Administration through UW-Oshkosh, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering through UW-Platteville. All classes in these programs are also offered at the UWFox campus.

The UWFox campus has approximately 1,700 full and part-time students, with approximately one-third of the student population comprised of adult learners age 22 and older. UWSP is one of the 13 comprehensive university campuses within the UW System, and has an enrollment of approximately 8,700 students. It has consistently been named “one of the top Public Midwestern Universities-Master’s in U.S. News and World Report’s College Rankings.”

UW-Fox Valley, UW-Stevens Point Announce New Collaborative Degree ProgramMore information about the UW-Stevens Point Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies program can be obtained by calling, 1-800-898-9472 or by visiting the program’s website, www.uwsp.edu/cdp/.

UWFox is hosting an open house on July 25 at 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. for individuals interested in starting, or returning to, college, and wish to visit the campus to hear about the various bachelor’s degree programs first-hand. Reservations for the “Return to Learn” session can be made by calling 920-832-2620.

Posted 7/15/2005