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University of Wisconsin System Policy Documents
Last Updated: 2014 Legislative Session

ACCELERATED LEARNING OPTIONS

The Wisconsin Board of Regents encourages students at all educational levels to aspire to higher intellectual achievements. The costs of Advanced Placement examinations taken by students who are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches will be paid using federal, state, local, or private funds. Scores of 3, 4, and 5 on the AP examinations will be accepted for degree credit by all University of Wisconsin system institutions. Each institution will determine whether course equivalent credit or credit in the major should be granted and the AP score required to grant credit for those purposes. The state superintendent must develop a school and school district performance report that includes the percentage of students participating in AP courses. The Wisconsin Youth Options program allows any public school student enrolled in the 11th or 12th grade who is not attending a technical college to enroll in an institution of higher education for the purpose of taking one or more courses. The student must indicate on the application whether he or she will be taking the course for high school credit or postsecondary credit. The school board determines whether the course is comparable to a course offered in the school district, and whether the course satisfies any of the high school graduation requirements and the number of high school credits to award the student. The school board also pays the postsecondary institution for the actual cost of tuition, fee, books and other necessary materials directed related to the course for any course that is taken for high school credit and that is not comparable to a course offered in the school district. Upon the student's request and with the written approval of the student's parent or guardian, any public school student who has completed the 10th grade, is in good academic standing, and notifies the school board of his or her intent, may apply to attend a technical college for the purpose of taking one or more courses. Additionally, the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents recognizes the IB Diploma Program. (Last updated 2008)

Advanced Placement / Advanced Standing

Wis. Stat. 115.38 - School Performance Report; Education Program Review
Wis. Stat. 115.787 - Individualized Education Programs
Wis. Stat. 120.12(22) - Advanced Placement Examinations

Dual or Concurrent Enrollment

Wis. Stat. 118.55 - Youth Options Programs

Financial Assistance

Wis. Stat. 115.367 - Career and Technical Education Incentive Grants

International Baccalaureate

University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 7-2 - Recognition of International Baccalaureate Program

Tech-Prep/Technical and Vocational Education

Wis. Stat. 106.27 - Workforce Training Program

Wis. Stat. 115.367 - Career and Technical Education Incentive Grants

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ADULT LEARNERS

The Wisconsin Technical College System oversees the State's adult education program. Local school districts can implement and charge tuition for vocational and technical education programs for adult learners. Adult learners can earn college credit for prior learning as long as they demonstrate competency through tests, portfolios, and other measures. The UW Flexible Option provides adult learners an accessible and affordable way to earn a bachelor's or master's degree. This is a competency-based degree program. Throughout the state, statute (Wis. Stat. 38.24) makes sure that postsecondary and vocational adult education programs offer uniform program fees. Students enrolled in adult high school, adult basic education, and English as a second language courses are exempt from these fees. Under statute (Wis. Stat. 38.04), the State Board of Vocational, Technical, and Adult Education has the ability to establish vocational education programs for inmates housed in the State's correctional facilities. (Last updated 2013)

Adult Learners, Financial Assistance

Wis. Stat. 38.24 - Fees and Tuition

Adult Workforce Education and Training

Wis. Stat. 38.001 - Mission and Purpose

Credit for Prior Learning

University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 7-1 - University of Wisconsin System Undergraduate Transfer Policy

Governance of Adult Education

Wis. Stat. 38.04 - Technical College System Board, Powers and Duties
Wis. Stat. 38.14 - District Board Powers

Military/Veterans Education

Wis. Stat. 20.485(2)(tf) - Veterans Affairs, Department of: Veterans Tuition Reimbursement Program
Wis. Stat. 36.11(47m) - Service Members; Priority Registration

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ARTICULATION, TRANSFER, AND ALIGNMENT

While there is no statewide policy concerning articulation and transfer, the University of Wisconsin System (UWS) has a Transfer Policy that applies to the 15 UWS institutions (26 campuses) and specifically addresses transfer between the UW System and the 47 campuses of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). The UW System Transfer Policy endorses a student-centered transfer process which fosters educational attainment, accommodates student mobility, and provides equitable treatment of transfer and continuing students. The policy sets forth the basic assumptions that have become national standards for transfer of credit among institutions as expressed in the Joint Statement on the Transfer and Award of Credit developed by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), the American Council on Education (ACE), and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The UWS also maintains a Transfer Information System website (http://tis.uwsa.edu), in cooperation with WTCS, for the purpose of helping students understand their options and obtain current and accurate information about course equivalencies within and between the systems as well as transfer guides and articulation agreements between academic programs. The TIS website also offers Transfer Plans which provides students and advisors with an unofficial evaluation of how transfer courses will apply towards the requirements of a specific major or program. (Last Updated 2011)

Comprehensive Initiative

University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 4-4 - Minimum Requirements for an Associate Degree

New Delivery Systems to Increase Access to Underserved Populations (Technology, Distance Learning, Learning Centers)

University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 15-2 - Distance Education Standards

Standards for Admission, Promotion or Graduation

University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 15-2 - Distance Education Standards
University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 4-4 - Minimum Requirements for an Associate Degree
Wis. Stat. 118.01 - Educational Goals and Expectations

Statewide Articulation Guides

University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 7-1 - University of Wisconsin System Undergraduate Transfer Policy

Transfer Agreements

University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 7-1 - University of Wisconsin System Undergraduate Transfer Policy
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DATA AND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEMS

The University of Wisconsin system and the State Technical College system each maintain student unit record data systems. The University of Wisconsin system has set a series of six accountability goals with 20 related performance indicators that they track each year and report on to the legislature and to the public. These accountability goals and performance indicators are currently being revised to reflect recently developed strategic goals and priorities. Institutional budgets are influenced in response to the priorities of the accountability system. (Last updated 2008)

Performance Based Measures for K-12

Wis. Stat. 115.38 - School Performance Report; Educational Program Review

Performance Based Measures for Postsecondary

University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 5-1 - Academic Quality Program Assessment
Wis. Stat. 36.65 - Annual Reports
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EARLY OUTREACH PROGRAMS

The University of Wisconsin System is currently engaged in a systematic and comprehensive study of pre-college programs throughout the state. The System has developed an eight step strategic plan to restructure existing programs to focus more heavily on academic rigor, evaluate and assess program effectiveness in advancing the educational goals of youth, establish core components to ensure quality and continuity among programs, establish a partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to share and disseminate findings, restructure the current pre-college database to improve analytical and recruitment capabilities, and determine which school districts and schools need pre-college programming.(Prepared by the University of Wisconsin System, FY 2003)

Community Outreach

University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 18-1 - Organization of Extension and Outreach Activity

Early Awareness Programs / College Prep

Wis. Stat. 36.25 (49m) - Career Conversations Program
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EQUITY AND DIVERSITY


Affirmative Action/Diversity Initiatives

University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 17-10 - University of Wisconsin System Plan 2008: Educational Quality Through Racial and Ethnic Diversity
University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 17-5 - Recruitment and Retention of Minority and Disadvantaged Students
University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 17-7 - Restatement of Goals of Expanding Educational Opportunities for Minority and Disadvantaged Groups
University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 17-9 - Implementation Plan for Design for Diversity

Anti-discrimination

University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 14-5 - Measures to Alleviate Racism
University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 14-6 - Racist and Other Discriminatory Conduct
Wis. Stat. 118.13 - Pupil Discrimination Prohibited
Wis. Stat. 36.12 - Student Discrimination Prohibited

Course Equalization

University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 17-1 - Programs for Minority and Disadvantaged Students
University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 17-3 - Multicultural Programs for Minority Students
University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 17-7 - Restatement of Goals of Expanding Educational Opportunities for Minority and Disadvantaged Groups
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FINANCE

According to the University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy, "Tuition and financial aid in the UW System should balance educational quality, access, and ability to pay." The Board of Regents establishes rates of tuition and fees at the four-year public institutions. The Wisconsin Technical College System establishes tuition and fee levels at the community colleges. The district boards charge students the fees established by the state board and may establish and charge additional fees in accordance with state statute. The board permits eligible individuals who are 60 years of age or older to audit a course without paying an auditor's fee. The board also grants tuition and fee waivers to veterans and their dependents, and to the spouses and dependents of ambulance drivers, correctional officers, fire fighters, emergency medical services technicians or law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. (Prepared by the State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2008)

Authority to Set Tuition and Fees

University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 32-3 - Academic Student Fee Structure
Wis. Stat. 36.27 - Tuition
Wis. Stat. 38.24 - Fees and Tuition

Fee-Specific Policies

University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 30-4 - Mandatory Refundable Fee Policies and Procedures for Student Government Organizations
Wis. Stat. 36.395 - Fees for Use of Facilities
Wis. Stat. 38.24 - Fees and Tuition

Tuition and Fee Waivers

University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 20-4 - Tuition Reimbursement to Unclassified Staff Members
University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 32-4 - Tuition Structure: 12-18 Credit Plateau
University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 32-7 - Student Involvement In Differential Tuition Initiatives
Wis. Stat. 20.485(2)(tf) - Veterans Affairs, Department of: Veterans Tuition Reimbursement Program
Wis. Stat. 36.27 - Tuition
Wis. Stat. 38.24 - Fees and Tuition
Wis. Stat. 38.272 - Farm Training Program Tuition Grants
Wis. Stat. 45.20 - Tuition Reimbursement
Wis. Stat. 45.21 - Retraining Assistance Program

Tuition and Fees, General Policy

University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 30-4 - Mandatory Refundable Fee Policies and Procedures for Student Government Organizations
University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 32-4 - Tuition Structure: 12-18 Credit Plateau
University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 32-7 - Student Involvement In Differential Tuition Initiatives
Wis. Stat. 14.63 - College Tuition and Expenses Program
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REMEDIAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION

New students admitted to University of Wisconsin two- or four-year campuses are required to successfully complete remedial courses prior to completion of 30 credits if their English or math placement or proficiency test scores indicate a low probability for success in college-level courses. The University of Wisconsin system policy mandates assessment and placement for entering freshmen but grants institutions flexibility in determining which assessments to use and how to place students. Initial screening for minimum college-level competencies, however, should include students? scores on the ACT and any other additional performance criteria used by institutions. The policy requires an annual report with data from institutions on the number of new students identified as needing and successfully completing remedial courses. The system policy also directs the University of Wisconsin System to cooperate with the Department of Public Instruction in developing a plan for assessing English and math skills of high school students. Students whose scores suggest they are unlikely to place into college-level courses will be encouraged to take courses designed to improve their competencies and lessen the possibility of needing college remedial courses. (Prepared by Mary Fulton, Education Commission of the States, 2012)

Collaborative Efforts to Reduce the Need for Remediation

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RESIDENCY

Residency policies are determined by the legislature. To qualify as a resident student, domicile must be established in Wisconsin for at least one continuous year prior to enrollment. If a dependent, the student's domicile is that of the parent(s). Any person who is a refugee and intends to maintain permanent residence in Wisconsin may be classified as a resident. Nonresident active members of the armed forces stationed in Wisconsin, their spouses and dependents are classified as residents. Active members of the armed forces originally from Wisconsin who are stationed outside of the state, and spouses and dependents of veterans are classified as residents. Students who graduate from a Wisconsin high school, whose parents were domiciled in the state for at least one year prior to enrollment are classified as residents. Finally, the Board of Regents holds the authority to remit nonresident tuition to a number of needy and worthy nonresident students upon the basis of merit. The board may also remit nonresident tuition to worthy and needy foreign students and to students who are United States citizens but do not reside in the country. (Last updated 2008)

Residency Classification

University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 32-1 - Delegation of Authority Regarding Residence Classification

Residency Policies Related to Military Service

Wis. Stat. 45.20 (2) - Tuition reimbursement

Residency Policies Related to Tuition and Fees

University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 32-2 - Nonresident Tuition Remission Delegated to Chancellors
Wis. Stat. 36.27 - Tuition
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STUDENT FINANCIAL AID

The State of Wisconsin Higher Education Aids Board administers various merit and need-based financial aid programs provided by state, federal, and privately funded sources This state has targeted need-based grants for the hearing and visually handicapped, as well as for Wisconsin residents who are 25 percent Native American. Moreover, Wisconsin has a minority undergraduate retention grant for students enrolled in independent or state technical colleges. The Talent Incentive Grant and the Wisconsin Higher Education Grant are both need-based grants awarded to Wisconsin residents with considerable financial need. This state has tuition reciprocity agreements with Michigan and Minnesota. Wisconsin has several targeted loan programs such as, the Minority Teacher Loan, Nursing Student Loan, Teacher Education Loan and Teacher of the Visually Impaired Loan. In addition, this state has academic excellence scholarships, which are merit-based. In the 2002-2003 academic year, Wisconsin is spending 65.356 million on need-based aid and 10.922 million on non-need based aid. (Reviewed by the University of Wisconsin System, FY 2008)

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Wis. Stat. 36.25(14) - Graduate Student Financial Aid
Wis. Stat. 36.34(1) - Ben R. Lawton Minority Undergraduate Grant Program
Wis. Stat. 38.26 - Minority Student Participation and Retention Grants
Wis. Stat. 39.415 - Technical Excellence Higher Education Scholarships

Wis. Stat. 39.435 - Wisconsin Higher Education Grants and Talent Incentive Grants
Wis. Stat. 39.41 - Academic Excellence Higher Education Scholarships

Targeted Scholarships for Low-Income Students

Wis. Stat. 25.85 - College Savings Program Trust Fund
Wis. Stat. 36.34(1) - Ben R. Lawton Minority Undergraduate Grant Program
Wis. Stat. 38.26 - Minority Student Participation and Retention Grants
Wis. Stat. 39.435 - Wisconsin Higher Education Grants and Talent Incentive Grants

Tuition Savings Plan

Wis. Stat. 20.585(2) - Treasurer, State: College Tuition and Expenses and College Savings Programs
Wis. Stat. 25.14 - State Investment Fund
Wis. Stat. 25.853 - College Savings Program Bank Deposit Trust Fund
Wis. Stat. 25.855 - College Savings Program Credit Union Deposit Trust Fund
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STUDENT RETENTION


Efforts Aimed at Underserved Students

University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 17-5 - Recruitment and Retention of Minority and Educationally Disadvantaged Students
University of Wisconsin System Regent Policy 17-6 - Reaffirmation: Recruitment and Retention of Minority and Educationally Disadvantaged Students
Wis. Stat. 36.25(14m) - Special Programs: Minority and Disadvantaged Programs
Wis. Stat. 38.26 - Minority Student Participation and Retention Grants
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TEACHING QUALITY

Wisconsin began examining changes to its licensing system in the mid-1990s, creating a task force to streamline regulations and create a performance-based system. With positive reaction from the field, new initial and professional license programs began in 2004. An initial educator license is granted to candidates completing these new programs. During the first three to five years of holding the license, initial educators will design a standards-based personal professional development plan to be evaluated by a three person team (colleague, administrator and representative from higher education). Initially, licensed educators will receive a trained mentor as well. After successfully completing the initial stage and meeting the goals in the professional development plan, teachers will be able to attain and renew a five-year professional license. A voluntary 10-year master educator license can be obtained through National Board Certification or by successfully completing the Wisconsin Master Educator Assessment Process. In 2008, the legislature enacted legislation granting a sum sufficient for payment grants to teachers who are certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards or licensed as master educators, but the provision was line-item vetoed by the governor. (Last updated 2008)

Financial Incentives (Scholarships, Loans, Grants)

Wis. Stat. 115.42 - Grants for National Teacher Certification or Master Educator Licensure
Wis. Stat. 38.33 - Faculty Development Grants

Licensure and Certification

Wis. Stat. 115.42 - Grants for National Teacher Certification or Master Educator Licensure
Wis. Stat. 115.425 - Professional Standards Council for Teachers

Mentoring and Teacher Induction Programs

Wis. Stat. 115.405 - Grant Program for Peer Review and Mentoring
Wis. Stat. 115.41 - Teacher improvement program

Professional Development

Wis. Stat. 115.405 - Grant Program for Peer Review and Mentoring
Wis. Stat. 115.41 - Teacher improvement program
Wis. Stat. 38.33 - Faculty Development Grants

Programs Evaluation

Wis. Stat. 115.425 - Professional Standards Council for Teachers

Teacher Preparation

Wis. Stat. 115.42 - Grants for National Teacher Certification or Master Educator Licensure
Wis. Stat. 115.425 - Professional Standards Council for Teachers
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