UW‐Madison undergraduates learn to live the Wisconsin Idea and to have a positive impact on the world through collaborative, inquiry‐based application of knowledge.
The Wisconsin Experience is grounded in the 100-year old Wisconsin Idea and the university’s progressive history, directed at producing UW‐Madison graduates who are creative problem solvers; passionate, engaged and adaptable world citizens; critical thinkers able to create and evaluate new knowledge; and future leaders of their global communities. The Wisconsin Experience captures four inquiry‐based high‐impact practices and includes:
The nature of these opportunities and how we offer them makes UW–Madison unique in higher education. The resulting Wisconsin Experience is characterized by intentional integration of in- and out-of-class learning, by creative and entrepreneurial engagement in real world problems, and through active student leadership.
Here are a few examples of these opportunities:
Participation by Undergraduates in the Wisconsin Experience
Among 2010-11 bachelor’s degree recipients, 89% participated in at least one high impact activity and 70% participated in two or more. For underrepresented minority students, 92% participated in at least one high impact activity. For first-generation college students, 86% participated in at least one high-impact activity.
A range of indicators also signal that the Wisconsin Experience lays a foundation for subsequent success and leadership in civic and professional life:
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