Communities across Wisconsin share common challenges, working to boost business growth, protect environmental resources, promote public health, and sustain a high quality of life. These communities also share an invaluable resource – the University of Wisconsin System.
By engaging with communities, UW institutions have positive impacts in every corner of the state.
Public radio and television networks deliver information and education throughout the state. Continuing education programs on each of the 26 UW campuses provide lifelong learning and personal enrichment opportunities. Cooperative Extension educators in every county offer programs that serve everyone from families and youth to agricultural producers and Main Street business owners.
Scientific research often reaches far beyond the university laboratory. By applying that knowledge to real-world problems, UW researchers help businesses improve productivity. They help protect clean water and safe food supplies.
Part of the college experience at any UW campus is the opportunity to learn valuable lessons through hands-on work outside the classroom. In fact, 65% of UW seniors report participating in some type of community service. These experiences yield immediate benefits to communities while students are enrolled, and build a foundation for lifelong civic involvement of graduates.
Even before they enter college, Wisconsin’s young people visit campuses to learn about everything from astronomy to zoology. They attend theatrical performances, participate in sports camps, hone their musical skills, and learn from hands-on scientific experiments.
The UW System works with and for communities all around Wisconsin to enrich daily life and bring about positive change.