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Shared Vision and Expectations of the Academic Community at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is an academic community. This community shares a common vision of working together to provide an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interactions in academic advising, classrooms, laboratories, and co-curricular activities. This shared vision protects, enhances, and empowers individuals, while fostering a positive learning environment. 

As members of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls campus community, our vision is to:

  • Treat others with honesty, trust, and respect.
  • Interact with others in a spirt of congeniality, openness, and support.
  • Recognize and honor each person’s talents and unique abilities.
  • Operate collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, and others in our community.
  • Foster relationships individually and in teams that promote enthusiasm, unity, motivation, and encouragement.
  • Be committed to excellence.
  • Continuously seek to improve the quality of what we do.
  • Promote each other’s development and engagement in the learning process.
  • Support an environment that nurtures students, one another, and other members of our community.
  • Be viewed as leaders and role models in the educational process.
  • Share our expertise and resources across the campus and community.

The achievement of this shared vision is the responsibility of the entire academic community, and all members have a shared expectation to:

  • Prepare thoroughly.
  • Meet obligations punctually.
  • Participate fully and constructively.
  • Display appropriate courtesy.
  • Adhere to deadlines and timetables.
  • Provide constructive feedback.
  • Respect the confidentiality of information shared or exchanged.
  • Challenge each other intellectually.

Sources:  Excerpts from the UWRF Handbook of Policies and Procedures for UWRF Students, the Faculty and Staff Handbook (Section 1.3.4), and Faculty Senate motion 1993/1994, number 31.

Mission, Vision, and Values