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I am currently reading a new book published by the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U) titled "Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success."
"Educating all of America's students, especially underrepresented students, is a national imperative, as it can lead to positive impacts for individuals and entire communities."
UW-Parkside is the most diverse campus in the UW System as underrepresented minorities account for more than 25 percent of our students (notice the significant increase in that percentage for fall 2016 freshmen below). That distinction creates a vibrant learning environment which more closely reflects our communities and better prepares our students to successfully interact in tomorrow's society. That same distinction brings with it an important responsibility to improve access, persistence and completion for all students. As the authors of "Becoming a Student-Ready College" suggest, our efforts will lead to positive impacts for individuals and our community.
Even though we have just started classes and enrollment changes will occur through the 10th day of the semester, take a look at an early snapshot of our most recent incoming class … the graduating class of 2020.
Profile for new Freshmen as of Sept. 6 (subject to change)
Profile for new Transfer students as of Sept. 6 (subject to change)
Earlier this year, we initiated discussions with leaders in the community to discuss how we can work together to improve access and success for students of color. We will continue these discussions this fall and develop an action plan that establishes UW-Parkside as THE destination for students of color – a destination where students are welcomed, and a destination where students succeed. Heather Kind-Keppel and Damian Evans will lead these discussions and we will engage faculty, staff, students, and alumni in the process.
Fall seasons are in full swing for our student athletes! Put on your Ranger gear, grab your Ranger Card and come cheer on the Rangers! Students and staff are admitted FREE with your Ranger Card. Follow the Rangers at parksiderangers.com
Cross Country competes Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. on our home course, the Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course – one of the top CC courses in the nation. Volleyball is hosting an eight-team tournament all day Friday and Saturday in De Simone Gymnasium. Ranger soccer teams are on the road this week but return home Friday, Sept. 16, and Sunday, Sept. 18, for noon starts at Wood Road Field.
The Rangers had a great season in the classroom and on the field of competition in 2015-16. Join me in congratulating Ranger Athletics on their real and amazing success!
The Rangers completed the year with a 3.01 departmental GPA. The following programs received academic recognition: wrestling, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's basketball, volleyball and golf.
Please join the Athletics Department in welcoming four new staff members.
Take a few moments to join the Weeks of Welcome Events to meet new students and reconnect with former students!
And, for the most up to date information on campus and to share activities, programs, or news from your department, check out the Midnight Ranger, published weekly. Here's a link to the submission form: https://uwparkside.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5A72dw8nwkRdc9f
As we celebrate the start of another exciting academic year, let us also be aware of challenges facing every campus around the world and every segment of our society. In partnership with Gateway Technical College, Carthage College, and Women and Children's Horizons, UW-Parkside received the Better Together Grant from Aurora Health Care in 2015. The grant is designed to help raise awareness around the issue of sexual assault, reduce sexual assault, and build a "Better Together" network of resources for victims of sexual assault.
As part of this important initiative, we will launch the Sexual Misconduct Climate Survey to gather input from students, faculty, and staff. The survey includes sections that will ask about your knowledge of social situations, perceptions related to sexual misconduct, and awareness of resources available on campus.
As part of the Aurora Health Care Better Together Grant, UW-Parkside houses a Women and Children's Horizons Advocate on-campus one day a week throughout the academic year. This semester, Krista Mouck will be at the Student Health and Counseling Center on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org