Mission, Vision, and Values


The University of Wisconsin-Platteville promotes excellence across a broad spectrum of disciplines—from STEM programs and criminal justice to agriculture and the arts. We use a personal, hands-on approach to empower each student to become broader in perspective, intellectually more astute, ethically more responsible, and to contribute wisely as an accomplished professional and knowledgeable citizen in a diverse global community.

The fundamental mission of UW-Platteville and the entire UW System is to serve the people of Wisconsin. This basic goal is expressed in detail in the mission statement adopted in 1988 and revised in 2002. In those statements, UW-Platteville pledges itself to:

  1. Enable each student to become broader in perspective, more literate, intellectually more astute, ethically more sensitive, and to participate wisely in society as a competent professional and knowledgeable citizen
  2. Provide baccalaureate degree programs which meet primarily regional needs in arts and sciences, teacher education, business, and information technology
  3. Provide baccalaureate degree programs and specialized programs in middle school education, engineering, technology management, agriculture, and criminal justice which have been identified as institutional areas of emphasis
  4. Provide graduate programs in areas clearly associated with its undergraduate emphases in education, agriculture, technology management, engineering, and criminal justice
  5. Provide undergraduate distance learning programs in business administration and graduate online programs in project management, criminal justice, and engineering
  6. Provide agricultural systems research programs utilizing the Pioneer Farm in partnership with businesses, universities, and agencies
  7. Expect scholarly activity, including applied research, scholarship and creative endeavor, that supports its programs at the baccalaureate degree level, its selected graduate programs, and its special mission
  8. Seek to serve the needs of all students and in particular the needs of women, minority, disadvantaged, and nontraditional students. Furthermore, the university seeks diversification of the student body, faculty, and staff
  9. Serve as an educational, cultural, and economic development resource to southwestern Wisconsin


UW-Platteville will be recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities, and empowering each individual.


To realize its vision, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville embraces and is guided by the following values:

  • Excellence in undergraduate education and graduate programs
  • Liberal education as a basis for lifelong learning, growth, and professional development
  • The pursuit of knowledge and its practical application, and applied research
  • Ethical behavior
  • Students as the primary focus of university activities
  • Respect for individual differences and support for the development of all students, faculty, and staff
  • People as the source of strength, reputation, and vitality
  • Learning and development which occur inside and outside the classroom
  • Service to the community, the state of Wisconsin, and society

University Governance - How do I get involved

How do I get involved?

Shared Governance affects all—including the administration, faculty, staff, and students. Issues ranging from compensation and classification, to input on leadership searches, to benefit changes are discussed and debated within the shared governance system.

  • Talk with your department chair or a member of the committee, council, or senate about ways you might serve and to discuss your interest and service opportunities.
  • Run for seat or volunteer and be a voice; vacancy announcements, nomination periods, and elections usually occur in February, March, and April.
  • Check meeting times and attend a meeting to watch shared governance in action.
  • Submit an idea or proposal for consideration.

The terms are two-years terms, with a maximum of serving two consecutive two-year terms.

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