UW-Whitewater honored among national Colleges of Distinction

August 02, 2019

Written by Jeff Angileri |  Photos by Craig Schreiner

For the third consecutive year, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has been named among the Colleges of Distinction — a national honor that recognizes campuses for exceptional teaching and dedication to student success. 

“At UW-Whitewater, the student experience is a rich and vibrant one, where Warhawks are encouraged to be inquisitive and actively learn inside and outside the classroom,” said Chancellor Dwight C. Watson. “Our caring and talented faculty go beyond the course material to engage students in research and connect them with invaluable internships and job opportunities.”

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process consists of a review of each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, alumni success, strategic plan, student satisfaction, and more. Schools are accepted on the basis that they adhere to the four distinctions:

Children from Converse Elementary School in Beloit visited their UW-Whitewater student pen pals as part of the Budding Scholars Program in the office of Student Diversity, Engagement and Success. The program pairs university students with a second or third grader from Converse. The children practice their writing skills in letters and learn about higher education, and UW-Whitewater students gain valuable experience working with youth and opportunities for community service.

Children from Converse Elementary School in Beloit visited their UW-Whitewater student pen pals as part of the Budding Scholars Program in the office of Student Diversity, Engagement and Success. The program pairs university students with a second or third grader from Converse. The children practice their writing skills in letters and learn about higher education, and UW-Whitewater students gain valuable experience working with youth and opportunities for community service.

Finance and business law lecturer R.J. New, left, leads a discussion in the Hyland Hall trading room. New also serves as director for the Applied Investment Program.

Finance and business law lecturer R.J. New, left, leads a discussion in the Hyland Hall trading room. New also serves as director for the Applied Investment Program.

Charlie Conley, left, of Associated Bank, Milwaukee, and UW-Whitewater economics student Mifayakou Baba shake hands after meeting at the Hawk Career Fair in the Hamilton Room of the University Center. During this event, employers discuss full-time employment, internships, continuing education and other opportunities with students.

Charlie Conley, left, of Associated Bank, Milwaukee, and UW-Whitewater economics student Mifayakou Baba shake hands after meeting at the Hawk Career Fair in the Hamilton Room of the University Center. During this event, employers discuss full-time employment, internships, continuing education and other opportunities with students.

Juggling and tossed foam disks was part of the fun as the Whitewater City Market came to Wyman Mall on the UW-Whitewater campus. During the event, Reggae band King Solomon performed a summer concert.

Juggling and tossed foam disks were part of the fun as the Whitewater City Market came to Wyman Mall on the UW-Whitewater campus. During the event, Reggae band King Solomon performed a summer concert.

“Recognition as a College of Distinction highlights the many ways in which UW-Whitewater serves our students on both an academic and personal level,” said Lynsey Schwabrow, chief of institutional research and planning. “By focusing on the qualitative experiences that help students learn, grow, and succeed, the Colleges of Distinction designation underlines how the university prepares our students to successfully engage within the global marketplace and to become responsible citizens and future leaders in our communities.”

In addition to receiving the campus-wide badge of distinction, UW-Whitewater earned additional badges to highlight the university's excellence in business and education, career development and as a public institution in Wisconsin.

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UW-Whitewater recently received national recognition as the safest campus in Wisconsin, and the best value to earn a degree in the University of Wisconsin System.