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2014-2015 Catalog 
2014-2015 Catalog FINAL VERSION - Closed for Revisions

About UWSP


This is UW-Stevens Point

With our roots in the heart of the state, Wisconsin’s right-sized public university launches students on meaningful life journeys through transformational learning in the arts and sciences. Our open-minded, close-knit community, both on and off campus, inspires students to experience the world unfolding in new ways.

Transforming students’ lives through the Pointer experience in turn transforms our region, our state and beyond. Through the discovery, dissemination and application of knowledge, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point stimulates intellectual growth, provides a liberal education and prepares students to lead in a diverse and sustainable world.

UW-Stevens Point’s primary regions of service touch five of the seven economic development regions in Wisconsin, opening doors to UW-Stevens Point’s expanding role in applied research as an engine for economic recovery.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy

We at UW-Stevens Point affirm your right to equal opportunity in education. We make all our university programs and activities equally available to all. In our educational programs, activities and employment policies, we don’t discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed or religion, color, handicap, sex, national origin, ancestry, pregnancy, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation, arrest or conviction record, membership in the National Guard, state defense force or other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or this state.

UW-Stevens Point is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from members of ethnic/racial minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. If you have a question or concern about our compliance with state or federal laws or if you have a discrimination complaint, write or bring the question or complaint to our Equity and Affirmative Action Office, Room 210, Main Building, or phone 715-346-2002.

UW-Stevens Point Mission Statements

UW-Stevens Point shares in the mission of the University of Wisconsin System. The mission of this system is to develop human resources, to discover and disseminate knowledge, to extend knowledge and its application beyond the boundaries of its campuses, and to serve and stimulate society by developing in students heightened intellectual, cultural, and humane sensitivities; scientific, professional, and technological expertise; and a sense of purpose. Inherent in this broad mission are methods of instruction, research, extended education, and public service designed to educate people and improve the human condition. Basic to every purpose of the system is the search for truth.

As an institution of the University of Wisconsin System, UW-Stevens Point shares the following core mission with other universities. Each university shall:

  1. offer associate and baccalaureate degree level and selected graduate programs within the context of its approved mission statement,
  2. offer an environment that emphasizes teaching excellence and meets the educational and personal needs of students through effective teaching, academic advising, counseling, and through university-sponsored cultural, recreational, and extracurricular programs,
  3. offer a core of liberal studies that supports university degrees in the arts, letters, and sciences, as well as specialized professional/technical degrees at the associate and baccalaureate level,
  4. offer a program of preprofessional curricular offerings consistent with the university’s mission,
  5. expect scholarly activity, including research, scholarship, and creative endeavor, that supports its programs at the associate and baccalaureate degree level, its selected graduate programs, and its approved mission statement,
  6. promote the integration of the extension function, assist the University of Wisconsin-Extension in meeting its responsibility for statewide coordination, and encourage faculty and staff participation in outreach activity,
  7. participate in inter-institutional relationships in order to maximize educational opportunity for the people of the state effectively and efficiently through the sharing of resources,
  8. serve the needs of women, minority, disadvantaged, disabled, and nontraditional students and seek racial and ethnic diversification of the student body and the professional faculty and staff, and
  9. support activities designed to promote the economic development of the state.

The select goals and responsibilities of UW-Stevens Point are to:

  • provide a broad foundation of liberal studies and selected degree programs in the fine arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, imparting the heritage of human civilization, critical intelligence, and the skills necessary for a lifetime of learning and upon which education in the professional fields may be built
  • provide undergraduate professional programs in communication sciences and disorders, teacher education, home economics*, the visual and performing arts, paper science, and natural resources with emphasis on the management of resources
  • provide graduate programs in teacher education, communicative disorders, natural resources, home economics*, communication and other select areas clearly associated with this university’s undergraduate emphases and strengths
  • provide programs in wellness and health promotion
  • provide quality undergraduate and graduate instruction through innovative methods using print and nonprint library resources, computing, communication technology, and direct student assistance
  • expect scholarly activity, including research, scholarship and creative endeavor, that supports its programs at the associate and baccalaureate degree level, its selected graduate programs, and its special mission
  • cooperate with UW-Extension in the development and coordination of statewide outreach programming, integration of the extension function into the institution, and appropriate and adequate recognition of those involved in outreach activities

*The former home economics programs are now offered as child and family studies, dietetics, early childhood education, family and consumer sciences, human development, nutrition, and interior architecture.

Mission Statement and Values

Through the discovery and dissemination of knowledge, UW-Stevens Point stimulates intellectual growth, provides a liberal education, and prepares students for a diverse and sustainable world.


  • student-centered environment
  • critical thinking, creativity, and lifelong learning
  • professional preparation
  • community involvement and outreach
  • ecological stewardship

The Stevens Point Community

Because of UW-Stevens Point’s central location, students are very much a part of the city of Stevens Point as soon as they come to campus. Residence halls, nearby student apartments and rooming houses blend into the community.

In addition, the local economy depends on UW-Stevens Point students as part-time employees. The Police and fire departments, a hospital, a county library, shopping, and the riverfront all are within easy access. A safe city with a low crime rate, Stevens Point provides a secure haven for its student residents.

Stevens Point is a city of about 25,000 in a metropolitan area of nearly 67,000. Located on the banks of the Wisconsin River, it offers a wide range of recreational opportunities including the Green Circle Trail, cross-country ski trails, year-round fishing on the river and in nearby lakes, downhill skiing at Standing Rocks County Park, and numerous baseball and softball facilities including Zenoff and Bukolt Parks.

The corporate headquarters of Sentry Insurance gives Stevens Point a cosmopolitan flavor that is unusual for a Midwestern city of its size. Other major employers include Ministry Health Care (including St. Michael’s Hospital and Ministry Medical Group), Copps Corp, Stevens Point Public Schools, UW-Stevens Point, New Page, Del Monte, McCain Foods USA, Lands’ End, Portage County, The Noel Group, and Worzalla Publishing.

Stevens Point lies midway between Milwaukee and Minneapolis at the intersection of Interstate 39/Highway 51 and U.S. Highway 10. It is served by several airlines through the Central Wisconsin Airport.


The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a member of the North Central Association, to offer undergraduate college programs leading to the bachelor’s degree and graduate programs leading to the master’s degree. They can be reached at:

The Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504
312-263-0456; 800-621-7440; Fax 312-263-7462

Individual departments and programs within UW-Stevens Point are also accredited by the:

Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
American Chemical Society
Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education of the American Dietetic Association
Council for Interior Design Accreditation
Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
National Association of Schools of Art and Design
National Association of Schools of Dance
National Association of Schools of Music
National Association of Schools of Theatre
National Wellness Institute
North American Association for Environmental Education
Society of American Foresters

UW-Stevens Point Administration

Bernie L. Patterson, Chancellor
Gregory Summers, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Gregory M. Diemer, Vice Chancellor for Business Affairs
Alfred S. Thompson, Jr., Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Christopher Richards, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement
Jim Barrett, Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management
Katherine P. Jore, Associate Vice Chancellor for Personnel, Budget, and Grants
Todd Huspeni, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Teaching, Learning and Academic Programs
Rhonda Sprague, Interim Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communication
Christopher Cirmo, Dean, College of Letters and Science
Christine Thomas, Dean, College of Natural Resources
Martin J. Loy, Dean, College of Professional Studies

University of Wisconsin System Administration

Ray Cross, President
Mark A. Nook, Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
David L. Miller, Senior Vice President for Administration & Fiscal Affairs
David F. Giroux, Exec Director of Communications and External Relations
Deborah A. Durcan, Vice President for Finance
Freda J. Harris, Assoc Vice President for Budget & Planning
Tomas Stafford, General Counsel

Board of Regents

John R. Behling, Eau Claire
Mark J. Bradley, Wausau
José Delgado
Tony Evers, Madison
Michael J. Falbo, President, Hartland
Margaret Farrow, Pewaukee
Eve Hall
Nicolas Harsy
Tim Higgins, Appleton
Edmund Manydeeds, Eau Claire
Regina Millner, Vice President, Madison
Janice Mueller, Madison
Drew Petersen, Madison
Charles Pruitt, Milwaukee
José F. Vasquez, Milwaukee
David G. Walsh, Madison
Gerald Whitburn, Wausau