Guiding Framework


As a part of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, the basic values, vision, and guiding framework of the School of Graduate Studies are derived directly from those of the university. The primary function of the School of Graduate Studies is the administration, support, and development of graduate programs as provided in the university’s select mission. The following guiding framework articulates our shared values, the vision, and the directions that will guide the Graduate School in the future.

Basic Values

The School of Graduate Studies particularly embraces and is guided by the following values of the university:

  • excellence in 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;
  • and service to the community and society.


Based on these values, it is our vision that graduate programs at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville be recognized for excellence in their respective fields. Individual programs will provide challenging curricula in a supportive learning environment. The School of Graduate Studies will support the continuance of high standards within each of these graduate programs.

The programs that comprise the School of Graduate Studies will provide a strong foundation for professional career advancement, continuation of advanced studies, lifelong learning, and responsible citizenship.


High Quality Graduate Education

The Graduate School recognizes that students learn in different ways and that education is a dynamic process. Faculty and staff will take a leadership role in developing a creative, exciting, and effective learning environment. Resources will be dedicated to support the innovation and risk- taking necessary to achieve this goal. Teaching designed to enhance learning by all students and to meet their continuing and changing needs will be expected, supported, and rewarded. The Graduate School will create and maintain a community of colleagues who share the process of establishing high quality teaching practices and a culture of continuous examination and improvement of such practices.


  1. Ensure consistent high quality graduate education across all programs;
  2. Expect graduate faculty to meet high pedagogical standards;
  3. Ensure accountability among graduate programs for achieving student learning outcomes;
  4. Coordinate the Graduate Council’s functions in reviewing and overseeing graduate curricula, approving graduate faculty, establishing graduate admission standards, and formulating other Graduate School policies and procedures;
  5. Ensure the high quality of graduate instruction by determining an appropriate balance between graduate faculty and adjunct instructors as well as by monitoring the frequency of teaching overloads by graduate faculty.

Scholarly and Professional Development

The acquisition, discovery, and application of knowledge are fundamental to the university as a community of scholars and teachers. The School of Graduate Studies recognizes the complementary relationship which exists between graduate-level teaching and scholarly and professional development on the part of its graduate faculty and instructional staff.


  1. Expect graduate faculty to remain current and to advance research in their fields;
  2. Support and recognize scholarly and professional development activities;
  3. Serve as an advocate for graduate programs and graduate faculty in attempting to secure resources to pursue scholarly and professional development activities;
  4. Encourage graduate faculty to serve as models for their students in their commitment to scholarly inquiry and lifelong learning;
  5. Promote development of faculty-student mentoring in applied research;
  6. Serve as a resource for graduate programs by compiling the scholarly and professional achievements of graduate faculty.

Student Support

Student development involves experiences, opportunities, and education both in and out of the classroom. The School of Graduate Studies recognizes that students have many developmental needs, including academic, social, physical, emotional and professional.


  1. Continue to provide flexible delivery systems for graduate education;
  2. Continuously improve delivery of student support services for graduate students;
  3. Advocate with student services for decreased segregated fees for graduate students;
  4. Provide graduate assistantships that offer advanced opportunities for the professional and academic development of graduate students;
  5. Encourage each graduate program to provide an orientation for new graduate students as well as an online advising site of program requirements and frequently asked questions;
  6. Work with the Career Center to ensure inclusion of career opportunities for master’s level graduates.


A variety of assessment tools will be used to enhance the quality of the graduate programs at UW-Platteville.


  1. On a three-year rotational basis, review each program’s assessment of student learning outcomes and any recommendations for curricular changes;
  2. Evaluate each program’s assessment plan to ensure appropriate feedback is incorporated to improve the program and its curriculum;
  3. Annually assess graduate assistantship placements and their suitability for professional and academic development of students;
  4. Assess student services to determine if services are current for the needs of graduate students.

Outreach and Distance Education

The School of Graduate Studies is committed to serving individuals, organizations, and communities beyond the campus.


  1. Serve the educational needs of nontraditional, place-bound, disadvantaged, underrepresented, and other students through online and off-campus graduate degree programs;
  2. Encourage graduate faculty to share their expertise through such activities as conducting in- service workshops, making presentations at practitioner-oriented conferences, serving on governmental boards, and professional consulting;
  3. Promote the development of capstone courses, internships, practicum course, and service learning projects, which benefit the community, schools, public agencies, and other organizations;
  4. Provide outreach offerings and continuing education opportunities, with a specific focus on Southwestern Wisconsin.

Fiscal Resources

The School of Graduate Studies recognizes that adequate fiscal resources are needed to sustain the quality of current programs and ensure the success of future endeavors.


  1. Work with senior administration to establish a budget for the School of Graduate Studies, including identification of a funding mechanism through existing cost-recovery programs;
  2. Explore ways of increasing the number and remuneration for graduate assistantships;
  3. Advocate for increased compensation and reduced teaching loads for graduate faculty teaching full-time;
  4. Explore creative ways to increase fiscal resources for graduate students including funding of graduate-level scholarships and fellowships;
  5. Advocate for equitable and appropriate compensation for graduate faculty who supervise thesis and seminar paper research;
  6. Promote development of a culture of grant writing among graduate faculty;
  7. Monitor the impact of nonresident tuition rates on graduate school enrollments and advocate for on-campus graduate students from Iowa and Illinois to be included in the Tri-State Initiative (TSI).