About University of Wisconsin-Platteville

UW-Platteville’s Mission

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville provides associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degree programs in a broad spectrum of disciplines including: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; criminal justice; education; business; agriculture; and liberal arts. We promote excellence by using a personal, hands-on approach to empower each student to become broader in perspective, intellectually more astute, ethically more responsible, and contribute wisely as an accomplished professional and knowledgeable citizen in a diverse global community.

Vision Statement

UW-Platteville will be recognized as the leading student-focused university for its success in achieving excellence, creating opportunities, and empowering each individual.

Mission of the School of Graduate Studies

The purpose of the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is to coordinate and oversee high quality, practitioner-oriented graduate programs whose goal is to provide degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking students with advanced educational preparation.

History of the Center for Distance Learning


University of Wisconsin-Platteville's distance education program began in 1978 as a print-based correspondence program, offering a single bachelor's degree in business administration. Three years later, its first graduating class numbered just five. Living up to the Pioneer name, in 1999 UW-Platteville became the first public university in Wisconsin to deliver an entire degree online, a master's degree in project management. That same year, the University founded the Center for Distance Learning to support the growing population of online students. The first 13 graduates celebrated their commencement in 2001.

Research Involving Human Subjects

All research projects—funded or unfunded, originated at or supported by UW-Platteville—that involve humans as participants, or data or materials derived from humans, must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board for Human Subject Research (IRB) before the research is initiated.
Students must prepare a research protocol, describing their project and addressing human participant issues, and then submit the protocol to the IRB Chair for review.

Students may obtain a Manual of Policies and Procedures to review research involving human participants from the Chair of the IRB, the Office of Sponsored Programs (608.342.1456), or online at https://campus.uwplatt.edu/files/sponsored-programs/IRB/irb_manual13.pdf. Other IRB information, including protocol forms and names of the IRB committee members, may also be found online.

The University Seal and School Colors

The university seal displays two symbols rooted in the school’s beginning. The bell reminds us of the Platteville Normal School where it woke the students each morning, calling them to daily assembly, sounded study hours, and signaled the day’s end. The Normal School bell can still be heard on campus today. The “M” originates from the Wisconsin Mining School and symbolizes the engineering programs and their roots in the mining industry of the Platteville area.

The school colors represent the two academic disciplines, which were the foundation of our university: orange symbolizes engineering, and blue symbolizes education.