With the 2023-24 academic year right around the corner, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh college and campus leaders are sharing programming and staffing updates. Today, Martin Rudd, assistant chancellor for the access campuses, shares updates for the Fond du Lac and Fox Cities campuses.
What’s new on your campuses for the coming year?
With the four academic colleges, we are pleased to launch large, branded bulletin boards with fresh, focused and dedicated information from each college about the majors and programs on offer, dates of key activities and quick links to connect with departments. They have been developed to promote the presence of our colleges at the Fox Cities and Fond du Lac campuses for students who are considering how and where to complete their baccalaureate degree. The Weis Earth Science Museum, located on the Fox Cities campus, is a hands-on learning laboratory for the new certificate in museum studies.
What do you see as some of the important trends/changes coming for students entering the careers reflected in your offerings?
The Fox Cities and Fond du Lac campuses prepare students to successfully step into the academic college at UWO (and other UW campuses) for their intended major, and career and profession following graduation. In particular for our students, their local campus environment needs to offer a potent mix of face to face and online/hybrid classes that enable them to take advantage of flexibility to stay on track with their studies while perhaps working one or more jobs and offering care for a family member.
What are the most important things students learn by going to college but not necessarily in the classroom?
Whether coming as a recent high school graduate or (re)entering college from the workforce or other activities, there’s a level of self-discipline demanded in a college environment that requires an application of skills that students may have learned previously, may pick up at different speeds and may demonstrate cohesively to help them through being away from home, living with others, dealing with money, academic assignments and balancing self-help and awareness.
If you could personally go back and take one more undergraduate class, what would it be and why?
My choice would be a programming language in computer science. During my undergraduate years, C++ was being taught but was not part of my chemistry degree (“BBC Basic” was required) and it would have been useful in graduate school for writing routines for solving single crystal X-ray structures (and who knows what after that).
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