Officials from both schools will meet Friday at UW-Oshkosh, Fox Valley campus to solidify a degree partnership that aims to increase the number of engineers in the region. As part of the partnership, UW-Platteville will offer degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering through classes at UW-Oshkosh campuses in Menasha and Oshkosh. Students also can start in the already-existing UW-Oshkosh engineering technology major and follow the engineering track.
Students can begin enrolling in the program for the fall 2019 semester.
“This program combines UW-Oshkosh’s regional location, facilities and faculty with UW-Platteville’s engineering experience, faculty and reputation as a proven and accredited engineering university,” said Greg Kleinheinz, engineering technology department chair at UW-Oshkosh. “We are a comprehensive university with a diversity of programs and people, offering a lot of opportunities for our students.”
Through the program, students can live and study on the Oshkosh campus, with additional classroom opportunities on the Fox Valley campus. At the end of the program, students will earn a UW-Platteville electrical or mechanical engineering degree. Traditional undergraduate students in residence or nontraditional students in the region already working in comparable fields can complete the program in four years.
“Since UW-Oshkosh is a comprehensive university, this is a unique setting for an engineering program,” Kleinheinz said.
For nearly 15 years, UW-Fox Valley has been involved in a similar partnership with UW-Platteville, which offered a pathway for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical or electrical engineering through a collaborative program that enabled students to complete the degree from the Fox Valley campus. The new memo of understanding solidifies the transition of the program to UW-Oshkosh. Last July, the Fox Valley campus became a campus of UW-Oshkosh.