At UW-Madison, the Wisconsin Experience serves as an overarching framework across all academic and co-curricular programs for what is expected during a student's tenure. Through the Wisconsin Experience, and guided by a set of learning goals referred to as the Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs), UW-Madison seeks to develop in students the ability to engage in the world, to be creative problem solvers, to integrate empirical analysis and passion, to seek out and create new knowledge and technologies, and to adapt to new situations. The nature of these opportunities and how they are offered - through the integration of student-centered in-class and out-of-class learning experiences which are characterized by active and engaged learning - exemplifies the Wisconsin Experience and what is expected of UW-Madison graduates.
The Office of the Provost, the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, and the Office of Academic Planning and Institutional Research coordinate institution-level activities, including administration of the National Survey of Student Engagement and the Post-Graduation Plan Survey, and other institution-level assessment efforts in accordance with UW System and Board of Regent policies and accreditation standards set forth by the Higher Learning Commission. Institutional efforts also include ongoing and systematic documentation of the Wisconsin Experience and the Essential Learning Outcomes.
Assessment of the UW-Madison General Education Program reflects further institution-level assessment of student learning.