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Special Programs

Enhance your academics with special programs

UW-Eau Claire – Barron County offers a number of special academic programs to support and supplement our curriculum and co-curricular offerings.

The Academic Success Program works with students to help them achieve academic success and identify areas that are preventing them from achieving their academic goals at UW-Eau Claire –Barron County

Student Services works with students to provide them with the skills needed to be successful college students and establish short- and long-term goals to plan for their academic success. These skills (e.g., time management, study strategies, stress management) are received through a variety of workshops and/or through individual appointments.

If you would like help with developing study strategies and/or a plan for academic success, you can contact:

Sonya Swearingen
Academic Success Program Coordinator 
Room 104 Meggers Hall

The Launch Program is an invite-only program where students take classes on the Eau Claire campus taught by faculty from the Rice Lake campus. Upon successful completion of the program, Launch Program students will seamlessly transition to a UW-Eau Claire student at the start of their sophomore year.

For questions about the Launch Program, please contact Admissions:

The First Year Experience Program helps students transition to college by:

offering classroom opportunities that maximize academic success;
building positive relationships among faculty, staff and students;
and providing campus-wide resources tailored to first-year students. 
Faculty and staff help students understand the value and usefulness of a liberal arts education so that they can have a richer learning experience. Students in the program learn the differences between the academic expectations in high school and college and perform better academically.   

In and out of the classroom, faculty and staff prepare students to become lifelong learners, responsible citizens and community leaders.  For example, some classes include a service learning component, where students participate in out-of-class activities to learn the real-world value of the classes they are taking.  Other classes might feature assignments asking students to apply what they are learning to a new problem or challenge. 

First Year Seminar

The centerpiece of our First-Year Experience Program is LEC 100, our one-credit, first-year courses that focus on the skills students need for academic and career success.  These much-needed skills may include:

  • Note-taking
  • Time management
  • Financial management
  • Critical reading
  • Using technology for educational purposes
  • Number sense/math anxiety

LEC 100 not only helps students in their transition to college, but it also counts towards their associate degree.  For more information on the specific LEC 100 courses offered on your campus, see the online course schedule on your campus website or ask your advisor.

Service-learning means using what you learn in the classroom to solve real-life problems in your community in a way that helps both you and the community. Though service-learning, you not only learn the practical applications of your studies, you become an actively contributing citizen and community member through the service you perform.

Service-learning can involve a group of students, a classroom or an entire school. Students build character and become active participants as they work with others in their school and community to create service projects in areas such as education, public safety, and the environment.


Here are three examples of service-learning chosen from the UW Colleges curriculum:

GEO 123 Weather & Climate - Students create a lesson plan of fun activities about various atmospheric concepts and then go to a local Boys & Girls Clubs After School Program and do the activities with the youth.

POL 231 Sex, Power and Public Policy - Students are placed within community agencies that deal primarily with women’s issues. Their experiences are reflected on in groups that examine the issues and relationships from each site or agency and analyze them in a local, regional and/or state context.

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology - Pairs of students are assigned to participate in one activity of about two hours at a local senior center where they help guide life-enhancement activities for resident. The experience not only helps the residents, but leads the students to understand and explore stereotypes about the elderly and the dynamics of inter-generational interaction

Service-learning can take many forms, including internships, and can be applied in a variety of situations depending on the needs of the student and the partnering organization or community. Service-learning can have a tremendous impact on students' growth, and our community partners enjoy and appreciate the knowledge our students can being to their organizations.


Joe Foy
Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Why Service Learning

Your campus offers the opportunity to study abroad through programs that are open to all students and community members. The study abroad website lists all upcoming programs, application requirements, costs and other information you will need to participate.

UW-Eau Claire – Barron County offers many opportunities for high school students to earn college credit including Early College Credit ProgramDual Credit and Concurrent Credit options. For a complete list of details, including how to apply, please visit the High School Student Programs page.

*Youth Options will be discontinued July 1, 2018. For information on the new program, please visit our Early College Credit Program page.

As a high school student, taking classes at UWEC–BC will allow me to complete my associate's at the same time I finish high school. I intend to become an obstetrician and return to practice medicine in Afghanistan, where access to healthcare is limited.

Lima Sarhadi
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