Academic Support Programs

Location: 3rd Floor Brigham Hall
Phone: 608.342.1081

FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE

The first year of college is a time of transition for every student, and the First Year Experience program is ready to help new students feel at home on campus, connect them with resources and help build their skills for success at UW-Platteville.  Our office provides guidance for both students and their families in their transition to the campus community, including New Student Registration, newsletters, First Year Experience courses and student-led academic success presentations.  Because we partner with other offices on campus, we also serve as a resource and referral agent for any questions or issues that arise.

TUTORING SERVICES

Tutoring Services provides individual and drop-in tutoring in a variety of courses. Tutoring provides an opportunity for students to engage in collaborative learning conversations that will clarify course material, increase retention of critical concepts, improve study habits and assist in achieving academic goals.

ACADEMIC COACHING

An academic coach can help students examine their academic concerns or perceived barriers to success.  The coach provides guidance in areas like time management, procrastination, test preparation, study strategies and goal setting.  Working with each student’s individual needs, the coach helps to develop a plan of action for academic success.  This service is available for students at any stage in their academic career, from first semester through graduation.

WRITING CENTER

Available to all UW-Platteville students, the Writing Center offers individual sessions with experienced fellow writers trained to consult on classroom assignments and other writing-related projects.  Students can receive support and feedback at any stage in the writing process and for courses in any discipline.

TRANSFER YEAR EXPERIENCE

Transfer students arrive with college experience, but may not be familiar with UW-Platteville.  Our office provides resources through on-campus partnerships, promotes success through information and services, and strives to help transfer students connect to the university and their academic programs.

PEER ASSISTED LEARNING

This academic assistance program is available in select courses and merges the success of peer tutoring with the benefits of being a presence in the classroom.  A student who has already completed the course serves as a guide for learning strategies and understanding of challenging content.  Students should check with their instructors to see if their course is part of the PAL program.

TESTING CENTER

Located in 120A Karrmann Library, the Testing Center offers accommodation for students requiring alternatives to classroom testing.  Students should consult with their instructors and/or Services for Students with Disabilities to see if this service fits their needs.

ACADEMIC INTERVENTION

An Early Alert system allows instructors to identify students who are presenting patterns that may lead to academic difficulty in their courses. Our office is able to partner with other campus resources/professionals in order to provide proactive assistance to students so that they are able to succeed in all courses. Early alert is designed to help instructors reach out to students when other methods have been unsuccessful. Academic intervention is not a bad thing and does not necessarily mean that a student is failing. In most cases, it is an early opportunity to resolve a known or unknown academic concern that may impact a student’s success.

Teaching and Technology CENTER 

TTC's MISSION

The purpose of the Teaching and Technology Center is to:

  • advance the scholarship of teaching and learning at UW-Platteville
  • provide training and support of technologies used by students and instructors in the process of teaching and learning
  • identify resources and research results to showcase best practices in the area of teaching and learning technologies
  • seek and share innovative and effective strategies to maximize the impact of current and future resources devoted to the enhancement of teaching and learning at UW-Platteville

Karrmann Library

Website: www.uwplatt.edu/library

Elton S. Karrmann Library is the information focal point for the UW-Platteville campus providing help to faculty, students, staff and patrons through professional librarians and experienced support staff.  There are two service desks located on 2nd and 3rd floor. Services are provided via telephone 608.342.1668, email reference@uwplatt.edu and live chat www.uwplatt.edu/library/ask-librarian.

Regular Semester Hours are Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m.–11 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m.– 6 p.m.,

Saturday 1 p.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m.–11 p.m.

Help is provided using print, electronic and multi-media resources. The collections include 285,000 books, 82,000 electronic resources, 12,000 government publications; 7,000 audiovisual materials; 1,000,000 microforms; and subscriptions to more than 67,000 periodicals, and 34 newspapers. Many more journal and newspaper titles are offered full-text online. A statewide interlibrary loan network connecting all University of Wisconsin libraries supplements these materials. Special collections include the Instructional Material Lab on the third floor and the Southwest Wisconsin Room which contains the University Archives, the Area Research Center, and the Southwest Wisconsin Collection located on the ground floor of Ullsvik.  

The library’s web page, www.uwplatt.edu/library, accessible from the main UW-Platteville page, provides access to expert staff, all these resources and more. The library’s resources can be accessed either in the library from over 75 general access computers or remotely from computer labs, residence hall rooms, offices or homes. The library also offers a variety of study areas, reading rooms, audiovisual equipment including listening areas, assistive technology equipment, collaboration station on 2nd floor, bring your own device lounge and a smartboard room both located on 3rd floor. The library is committed to supporting individual study and research. We also offer fun paperbacks, movies and current bestsellers for fun and relaxation.

Library Use Instruction

University librarians are available to provide library use instruction for individuals or any classes or to assist with any assignment-specific needs. Arrangements are made with the librarian assigned to work with a specific department. Call 608.342.1668 to find the librarian for your area.

Distance Education Support

The Karrmann Library provides support of information resources to faculty incorporating library components into distance learning environments and to students taking courses at a distance from UW System institutions.

Mathematics Learning Center

Location: 347 and 360 Gardner Hall
Phone: 608.342.1948
Website: www.uwplatt.edu/mathematics/math-help

The Mathematics Learning Center is staffed with tutors who will provide assistance to students. Students do not need to schedule an appointment, but can bring their questions in any time the MLC is open. Tutors will be willing to answer questions ranging in topics from basic mathematics to Calculus III.  Schedules for the MLC change each semester, but daytime and evening hours are posted outside the MLC and online at www.uwplatt.edu/math/tutoring.htm.

Pioneer Academic Center for Community Engagement

Director: Kevin Bernhardt
Office: 513 Pioneer Tower
Phone: 608.342.6121
E-mail: pacce@uwplatt.edu
Website: www.uwplatt.edu/pacce/

The Pioneer Academic Center for Community Engagement (PACCE) is a center for leading and supporting Scholarship of Engagement including service and experiential learning. Support includes funding for student to practice their education through engagement in community-based projects where faculty, students and community partners work together to set goals, select and apply methods, and reflect and disseminate results. The center’s mission is to nurture a campus environment that empowers students, faculty and community partners to each Experience - Grow - Make a Difference.

PACCE administers two primary programs.  The first is the Pioneer Engagement Scholars program which provides funding to offset student expenses incurred in the implementation of community-based projects. Eligible expenses include travel, materials and supplies, professional or consulting fees, publication and other services. Projects must be for academic credit, include student, community and faculty partners, and involve significant and reciprocal interaction with community partners.

The second program is Entrepreneurship Education.  The Entrepreneurship Education program has three parts – curriculum minor, Pioneer Launch Lab, and Entrepreneurship events and competitions.  The curriculum minor is administered by the Business and Accounting department and involves introductory courses through capstone experiences.  The Pioneer Launch Lab is a student incubator where students use the lean start-up method and business canvass model to further the study and potential launch of new ideas.  Entrepreneurship events and competitions are provided throughout the year for all students on campus from beginning elevator pitch competitions to business model competitions, the winners of which can move on to state and national competitions.

Textbook Center

Location: 029 Doudna Hall
Phone: 608.342.1265

Required textbooks are rented at the Textbook Center. Textbook rental fees are part of the segregated fees paid by students.

The Textbook Center aids students by furnishing texts in a cost-efficient manner. This provides students a more affordable avenue of textbook acquisition than that of buying texts for each course.

Students may purchase their rented textbooks. Active titles are offered for sale to currently enrolled students year-round, excluding the months of September and January and finals week in December. All books purchased during sale times are discounted. Out-of-print titles are not sold.

Students are able to use the Textbook Center as a resource center after the first three weeks of classes. For more information, visit us at www.uwplatt.edu/textbooks.