Approaching Life Through Applied Knowledge
Survey a modern organization. Ask what characteristics are most valued today. You will hear team orientation, critical thinking and the ability to access and use the vast information of today's world.

Ask what makes these such desirable characteristics. You will learn they are essential to identifying and defining problems, and they enhance problem solving.

Search for the educational approach best suited for today's dynamic Knowledge Age. You will find it is broad-based learning:

— learning that enhances your ability to think critically and solve problems;

— learning that prepares you to apply multiple perspectives to problems and life challenges.

At the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, these characteristics are developed through four touchstones that form the core of the academic plan. Green Bay students come to know these touchstones through coursework, research and special learning experiences that demonstrate how they may be applied in life's work, or life itself.

We call this approach the Green Bay Idea of an Educated Person.

Helping Students Problem Solve and Draw Upon Multiple Perspectives
UW-Green Bay is committed to helping students learn how to draw on perspectives that are anchored in the four touchstones of our academic approach:

  • Breadth and depth of knowledge — The educated person asks “What do I know that applies to this challenge?”
  • Insight and Understanding — The educated person asks “What is the context of this challenge? What does it mean?”
  • Skills and tools — The educated person asks “What abilities and techniques will I use?”
  • Commitment and engagement — The educated person asks “What am I going to do?”

Guiding Principles of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

In all its endeavors, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is committed to the generation and transmission of knowledge, and in that context:

Provides an experience that challenges students to

  • Think critically and solve problems
  • Develop communication and quantitative skills
  • Prepare themselves as engaged and contributing citizens
  • Practice learning as a lifelong activity

Establishes and maintains programs and services that

  • Integrate both interdisciplinary and disciplinary perspectives
  • Strive for excellence
  • Selectively seek national prominence
  • Are flexible and responsive
  • Facilitate campus and community partnerships
  • Serve the educational, cultural, and research needs of the region and the larger society

Supports a community devoted to

  • Inquiry, creativity, and scholarship
  • Excellence
  • Innovation
  • Involvement, collegiality, cooperation, and caring
  • Diversity of thought and experience
  • Learning throughout life

Maintains its financial health by

  • Developing private and public support
  • Managing its resources effectively