Excellence in the Program
In 1988, the Board of Regents and UW System staff invited each of the university campuses to nominate high quality programs to be designated as System Centers of Excellence.
These programs were then stringently evaluated by external consultants, that is administrators, faculty, and professionals of national standing from outside the UW System.
As a result of this special review, the International Studies Program at UW Oshkosh was one of two programs at UW Oshkosh designated as a UW System Center of Excellence.
The UW Oshkosh International Studies program was also the only Center of Excellence in International Studies designated in the System, thus reflecting the quality of our program.
The Board of Regents formally adopted the designation on September 8, 1988.
Commenting on the designation, State Senator Carol Bittner wrote: “It is truly an honor for you and your department to have been chosen by such highly esteemed judges as reflecting the highest quality programs, proposals, achievements, and potential. . . . Singling out your department’s excellence is further evidence to the rest of the state and the country, of the high quality and standards reflected of all those who have worked and continued to work to make UW Oshkosh the best.”