Every three years, UWL first-year and senior students take the National Survey of Student Engagement. Students share their engagement in the community through volunteering and classroom-based projects.
In 2015-16, more than 200 students logged their volunteer hours on Ugetconnected, a joint volunteer portal for UWL students. It allows students and staff to find volunteer options in the community and report back on their efforts. Together, they logged more than 1,300 hours, with an estimated economic impact of nearly $29,000.
In 2017, 38 percent of first-year students and 52 percent of seniors reported volunteering at least one hour per week.
More than half of the first-year students and 75 percent of the seniors participated in courses that included community-based projects.
80 percent of first year students plan to have an internship or field experience. 62 percent of seniors actually did.
Faculty and staff are also active in the community, with 43,600 service hours reported from about 600 employees. They worked with 437 community partners including several K-12 and faith-based organizations.
These efforts continue to support a pillar of UWL's Strategic Plan, Sustaining Excellence. More information about the plan can be found online: www.uwlax.edu/info/strategic-plan/