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University Studies Program: General Education for the 21st Century

USP Implementation Broadens Collaboration

The creation and approval of our general education reform proposal required unparalleled collaboration from the UW Oshkosh teaching community. While that instructional group continues to work diligently on curricular changes, the USP implementation is generating collaboration that now includes colleagues from across the campus and beyond; for example:

  • Executive Directors of local non-profit agencies are considering how they might use sophomore volunteers in community-based learning projects.
  • Alumni Mentors are volunteering to connect instructors with community agencies and to serve side-by-side with students in Quest III projects.
  • Volunteer Coordinators from local non-profit agencies will come to campus to meet potential Quest III instructors during the Civic Engagement Connection Extravaganza, Oct. 24, 2–5 p.m.  This event is organized by Volunteer Coordinator Michael Lueder who is now shared with the USP.
  • Dedicated Registrar’s Office staff members are creating a new version of the STAR report to be used by students who begin their academic journeys in Fall 2013 and beyond.
  • Staff members from multiple offices are working on the paired course scheduling and room assignments, facilitated by Mehgan Clark, an academic adviser with Student Support Services and USP Interim Assistant Director.
  • In a major undertaking, Advising staff members are creating new student planning sheets.
  • During the month of September, Admissions staff members are sharing USP information with hundreds of high school counselors throughout the state.
  • Talented staff members in Integrated Marketing and Communications are readying the launch of a student-tailored University Studies Program website.
  • Current students will be hired to serve as USP Ambassadors and Peer Mentors, with support from the Dean of Students Office through Debbie Gray Patton who is now shared with the USP.  The USP Ambassadors will assist with Odyssey and other student-centered events during the current academic year.
  • Learning Technologies is piloting ePortfolios in several courses this semester, coordinated by newly hired specialist John Robertson.

Need Help?
For assistance, please use the following contact information:
e-mail: usp@uwosh.edu
website: uwosh.edu/usp

Watch for University Studies Program Update each Tuesday of the Fall 2012 Semester!
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