UWRF Readies for Active Academic Year
AUG. 27, 2007--Implementing a new strategic plan and visits by the UW System Board of Regents and North Central Association accreditation visit will make the upcoming academic year at UW-River Falls one of the most important in recent memory.
Chancellor Don Betz outlined what he described as a "busy and productive" year in his opening address to 700 faculty and staff that typically signals the start of the school year.
Classes begin on Sept. 5 with a potential enrollment of 6,350 students as registration continues this week. UWRF has been growing by about two percent each year, with record enrollments for nine of the last 10 years. Last year's enrollment stood at 6,229.
Betz said the institution will continue to grow in a purposeful manner to respond to the increasing population growth of the St. Croix Valley. He said the University will add undergraduates, graduate students, and continue to expand its certification programs for professionals.
The Chancellor remarked that the past year was one of numerous successes, which sets the stage for the coming year. These included:
"Each of you has individual expectations for this year at UWRF," Betz related. "Some of you are brand new to your current responsibilities, others have served UWRF for many years. There is concern about opportunities, direction, priorities, resources and decisions that may or may not favor a particular project, program or department.
"'Living the Promise' is our individual and collective pledge of responsibility to our students, our communities and to each other.
"The world around us continues to change. UWRF is changing. In dozens of ways, some writ boldly and others almost undetected, UW-River Falls is gaining confidence as it seeks its position in a global knowledge and increasingly interdependent society.
"New initiatives abound. Some of our ideas and initiatives will thrive, while others wither. Some current projects will not succeed while others yet unfathomed will sprout and take root in our revitalized culture of learning."
The major initiatives this year, according to the Chancellor, are:
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