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The state of Wisconsin has several organizations governing state higher education. The Wisconsin Educational Approval Board evaluates postsecondary institutions and reports on postsecondary outcomes for the state of Wisconsin. The Higher Educational Aids Boards oversees the student financial aid and administers grants, scholarships, loans, and student financial aid within Wisconsin. As far as actual schools, the University of Wisconsin System is one of the largest systems of public higher education in the country, and comprises 13 universities. According to its website, the UW System serves more than 181,000 students each year, and employs more than 32,000 faculty and staff statewide. Several public and independent schools operate in Wisconsin, including Carroll University, Marian University, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and University of Wisconsin – Madison.
The University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (UWM) was established in 1956. UWM is a four-year, public institution with a student population of 29,350, and a student-to-faculty ratio of 20 to 1, according to College Navigator. UWM is a research institution, and have increased research expenditures from $23 million in 2000-2001 to $62 million in 2010-2011, according to its website. UWM Online offers online degree programs in architecture, art history, business, communication, computer science, economics, education, English, history, information studies, nursing, occupational therapy, organizational administration, political science, psychology, public health, sociology, and therapeutic recreation. Online students at UWM have access to academic advising, technology support, distance education library services, and tutoring and writing center resources.
University of Wisconsin – Madison was established in 1848, and is the oldest and largest campus in the University of Wisconsin System, according to the school’s website. U.S. News & World Report ranks University of Wisconsin – Madison No. 42 in National Universities in the 2012 edition of Best Colleges. According to College Navigator, University of Wisconsin – Madison has an enrollment of 41,946 students. In addition, the school offers online courses in art, dance, French, music, Spanish, and writing. The University of Wisconsin – Madison also offers online master’s degree programs in engineering, which are ranked No. 1 for student engagement and accreditation, and No. 1 for student services and technology by U.S. News & World Report.
Carroll University is the oldest higher education institution in the state of Wisconsin, and was founded in 1841 as Prairieville Academy, which five years later became Carroll College. Carroll is a private, not-for-profit institution associated with the Presbyterian Church. Carroll University offers several online bachelor’s degree programs, including accounting, applied physics, art and photography, biology, business administration, chemistry and biochemistry, communication, economics, English, exercise science, graphic communication, history, nursing, philosophy, physics, public health, recreation management, and sociology and criminal justice. Carroll University also offers master’s degree programs online in business administration, education, physician assistant studies, physical therapy, and software engineering.