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University Studies Program: General Education for the 21st Century

Curious about Civic Engagement
and Student Learning?

One of the most fascinating components of the new University Studies Program is the “Community Experience” generously required of all students as part of a Quest III course they will take as sophomores. During the reform process last year, the teaching community had many questions about the logistics of these Quest III community experiences. If you have any of the following questions—or if you’re just a little bit curious—be sure to register to attend the Civic Engagement Connection Extravaganza on Wednesday, Oct. 24th, from 2–5 p.m. during the Provost’s Teaching and Learning Summit:

  • How can course content connect with the activities of local organizations and communities?
  • How might alumni support these civic engagement experiences?
  • Which local and campus organizations are ready and willing to partner with instructors?
  • If instructors and organizations connect at the extravaganza, how and when can they meet again?
  • What could these experiences look like for students in Quest III classes?  Will students participate as individuals, groups, or a whole class? Can a Quest III course include a community experience during spring break?  
  • How will the USP Community Experience Coordinator assist instructors and organizations with the arrangements for these experiences?
  • What happens next in this creative connection venture?
Departments, be sure to send a representative to this once-in-a-lifetime event to gather information from organizations, potential mentors, and other instructors! Please register to assist with the orchestration of this extraordinary event.

Meet the USP Council

The USP Council is comprised of members of the UW Oshkosh campus community who are supporting the early implementation of this new general education program (2012–2014). In the next several USP Updates, we will introduce members of this collaborative team.

Mehgan Clark, Interim Assistant Director

Mehgan Clark

As the interim assistant director, Mehgan Clark is working closely with the USP Council developing many aspects of the program, especially those related to student services. Mehgan is coordinating the paired Quest courses with a fantastic team. As the USP pairing process intersects with multiple established systems for scheduling courses and classrooms, Mehgan invites the campus community to be reminded of the purpose: to enable the high-impact practice of learning communities. Together with the Quest I Director and the other assistant directors, she is helping to establish the USP Ambassadors and Peer Mentor program. Additionally, she is working cooperatively with many campus departments and other institutions on the transfer components of the USP.

Mehgan earned a Master’s of Science in Biological Sciences at Western Illinois University and examined the underwater behavior and vocalizations of harbor seals. As a graduate student, she was an advisor in the Biological Sciences Department and developed a passion for helping students find and pursue their dreams. As an academic advisor for Student Support Services, Mehgan assists first-generation and income-specific students as they navigate UW Oshkosh. She has advised in three of the four colleges at UW Oshkosh and has worked extensively with MAP-Works (Making Achievement Possible Works). One of her favorite components of this work involves overseeing a group of peer leaders who co-lead a weekly group designed to help students adjust to and thrive in their first college year.

Mehgan is extremely excited about the work of the USP and the opportunities it provides students in and out of the classroom. She knows that the work that the council does will impact thousands of students for years to come. E-mail Mehgan at usp@uwosh.edu with any questions or comments related to Quest course pairing.

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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