The College of Engineering’s vision is to be a world-class college of engineering recognized for strengths in basic and applied research, educational innovation, technology transfer, and service to society. COE’s mission is to educate and inspire future leaders who contribute to society through the creation, application and transfer of engineering knowledge, and through engagement in society. We do this through outstanding research, teaching and service to our profession, our state of Wisconsin, the nation, and the world.
The College of Letters & Science teaches students to make a good living and lead a good life. We are the largest academic unit at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the heart of this great institution. The strength of L&S is the people. L&S is home to more than 800 faculty, 22,000 undergraduate and graduate students and 190,000 living alumni. With 70 undergraduate majors, 42 certificates and 115 graduate and professional majors, the College provides an educational experience of tremendous breadth and depth.
UW-Madison’s College Library is the library with primary service to undergraduates. The library is a heavily-used, dynamic environment that supports both the academic and recreational interests of students and includes a café, innovative digital-media and active learning classroom spaces, a large computer lab, 24-hour service, and browsing collections serving introductory research needs across all disciplines.
Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) is a College of Engineering facility available to any student with an engineering major or enrolled in an engineering course, as well as faculty and staff of the College. CAE primarily provides computers and industry-standard engineering software for use in coursework.
Mathematics is both an interesting subject on its own and also an extremely useful tool for the Physical and Biological Sciences, Engineering, Economics, and many more areas. There are many reasons why students will take math classes, and the Mathematics Department aims to meet all these reasons by offering a wide variety of courses at many different levels. The most commonly taken Math courses are precalculus, trigonometry, and some form of calculus.
The UW-Madison Libraries support excellence in teaching, research and learning by providing resources, services and spaces that help to ensure the success of our students, faculty, and staff. With the 11th largest research collection in North America, information professionals available in-person or on-line, and study spaces designed to accommodate all learning styles, the UW-Madison Libraries are at the heart of UW-Madison.
The Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL) works in collaboration with deans and other academic leaders across campus to provide leadership, coordination and administrative support for the teaching and learning mission of UW-Madison. The VPTL leads campus-wide activity in assessment, advising and academic enrichment, including the Wisconsin Experience, in addition to supporting accreditation, faculty and staff teaching development and academic achievement for diverse groups of learners. The VPTL is also a co-sponsor of the Educational Innovation initiative.
Wendt Commons brings together a team of instructional designers, librarians and media specialists to provide consultation services and collections that support the teaching, learning and research endeavors of the College of Engineering. Wendt also provides a variety of collaborative and individual informal learning spaces that are available to the entire UW-Madison academic community.
UW-Madison Teaching and Learning Connections
Blend@UW is a workshop series intended to help instructors effectively design blended course units. The program supports Educational Innovation by helping faculty develop blended courses that foster deeper, more active learning for students.
The Delta Program in Research, Teaching and Learning provides professional development about teaching for graduate students and post-docs in the natural and social sciences, engineering and math. Delta offers credit-based courses, facilitated discussion groups, a Teaching-As-Research internship, and certificate, as well as workshops and community events. Delta also provides programming for faculty and staff through its Research Mentor Training seminar, and opportunities to work with Delta interns.
DoIT AT advances the University’s mission, strategic priorities, and the Wisconsin Idea by working with faculty, staff and students to help them wisely apply technology to current and future academic environments. Through collaboration and partnerships, with a commitment to service and innovation, we bridge technologies, people, and day-to-day work practices to enable 21st Century digital literacy, manage our resources, and evaluate our practices.
The mission of EI is to engage and inspire students through enriched learning. To fulfill this mission, we will:
- Provide pervasive active learning to improve the student experience
- Build innovative, professional-level degree programs and other lifelong learning opportunities
- Extend the university’s educational mission to Wisconsin and the world using new technology and partnerships.
The vision of EI is to lead the university in providing an innovative, accessible and inclusive learning environment that fosters highly engaged learners capable of addressing the challenges of the modern world.
First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs) are designed to help first-year students make the transition to UW-Madison, both academically and socially. A FIG is a “learning community” of about 20 students with similar interests who are enrolled in a cluster of classes together. The courses in a FIG are linked by a common theme, and the faculty member teaching the main seminar course of the FIG helps students discover the interdisciplinary connections between and among the classes.
The staff in Learning Support Services serve students, faculty and staff in the UW-Madison College of Letters & Science by promoting and supporting the thoughtful use of technology for teaching and learning. Support services include consulting, an AV Equipment Pool, learning labs, InfoLabs, and more.
Madison Teaching and Learning Excellence (MTLE) aims to improve undergraduate education at UW-Madison by supporting early-career faculty to become fast, effective, and efficient starters in teaching. Each cohort of MTLE Faculty Fellows engages in a modular curriculum designed to quickly connect fellows with the many specialized programs across campus focused on teaching excellence; to effectively innovate in their classes with learner-centered practices proven to enhance learning; and to foster a cross-campus community of practice shown to live well beyond fellows’ time in MTLE.
The mission of the Teaching Academy is to promote, recognize and support excellence in teaching and learning among faculty, staff and students across campus. We are a shared-governance organization, led by over 350 members representing the entire UW-Madison campus, and all fields of study.
Teaching & Learning Services (TLS), part of the College of Engineering’s Wendt Commons, supports CoE faculty and instructional staff in their teaching and learning related endeavors. Services include (but are not limited to) workshops, course planning, pedagogical support, and technical support.
Other Campus Connections
The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) is one of the oldest and most prestigious colleges devoted to the study of our living world. Established in 1889, CALS carries out UW-Madison’s mission as a land-grant public university through excellence in teaching, research and public outreach across 19 academic fields, ranging from production agriculture to natural resources to social sciences to fundamental life sciences. By encouraging collaboration and innovation among these fields, the college helps address problems and create opportunities that affect our food, our environment, our health and our energy future.
Facilities Planning & Management (FP&M) is a service organization reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor. The division is responsible for the physical development, construction, maintenance and safe operation of the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
The University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing, established in 1924, is the leading nursing research institution in Wisconsin and a crucial part of the state’s health care system. As an integral academic partner situated in the health sciences sector of campus with the School of Medicine and Public Health and the School of Pharmacy, the School of Nursing collaborates with scientists and renowned researchers across the UW–Madison campus, the nation, and the world.
The Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) is one of the oldest, largest, and most productive university-based education research centers in the world. WCER is committed to improving educational outcomes for the nation’s diverse student population, positively impacting education practice, and fostering collaboration among disciplines and with practitioners.
The Wisconsin School of Business is working with faculty and program administrators, to move forward with a bold plan to build applied learning into the very foundation of our curriculum at every level, switching our educational mission from teaching to learning, and newly articulate the specific learning outcomes we want students to achieve across five dimensions: Knowing, Doing, Being, Inspiring, and Networking (KDBIN™). Together, faculty, staff, alumni, and industry leaders are shaping a classroom experience that challenges students to solve real problems faced by real organizations.