Academic Alliance

Through a partnership between the school district and UW-Richland, students can earn credits for high school and college courses simultaneously by taking college courses that are:

  • At the high school
  • During the regular school day
  • Taught by qualified high school teachers working with a UW-Richland faculty liaison

UW-Richland’s high school to college transition program demonstrates a commitment to affordable & accessible higher education for academically-qualified high school students in Southwest Wisconsin. Through this program, we encourage participating high school and college faculty to forge strong relationships as they develop curricula and assessments and create a better understanding of pedagogy in their disciplines. This collaboration also supports the high school instructors as they prepare their students for success in college.


to School District/High School

  • No cost to school district
  • Enhanced satisfaction of current students
  • Professional development opportunity for teachers

to High School Students

  • Graduate from high school with college credits which readily transfer to public and private universities
  • Learn about college-level expectations in a familiar high school setting

to High School Instructors

  • On-site orientation and connection to UW-Richland faculty liaison
  • Opportunity to align high school and college curricula
  • Access to UW Colleges’ department and campus resources

What's the next step?

School Districts

School districts who would like to offer courses through Academic Alliance 2.0 should identify instructors with qualifications for the program.

AA 2.0 instructor application form

The application deadline for the 2015-16 academic year is January 4, 2015. High school instructors submit an application that is then reviewed by the appropriate UW Colleges academic department. The department’s assessment of credentials is guided by UW System Policy G36 II. A. 2 which states:

“High school faculty who teach UW courses at participating high schools must have at least a Master's degree in the discipline in which the course is offered and shall have the specific approval of the appropriate university academic department. The UW academic department responsible for the course may make an exception if the high school faculty member's Master's degree is in another related discipline.”

If an instructor does not have a Master’s degree in his/her discipline it is important to fully and accurately present any and all graduate level coursework that is discipline-specific. Orientation for new instructors will be held on the UW-Richland campus in the spring where they will work with our faculty to develop courses that fulfill the Colleges’ learning outcomes. After the instructor’s application has been approved by the respective UW Colleges’ academic department and the course(s) has been identified, UW-Richland will draft a Memorandum of Understanding with the school district.

AA2.0 information sheet for administrators

Districts should align UW-Richland courses with high school curriculum. A complete listing of UW Colleges’ courses, along with descriptions of the courses listed below, can be found in the UW Colleges Catalog.

Sample of Available Courses

  • BIO 180 Introduction to Human Biology, 3 credits
  • BIO 190 Introduction to Environmental Science, 3 credits
  • CHE 145 General Chemistry I, 5 credits
  • ENG 101 Composition I, 3 credits
  • HIS 101 or 102 U.S. History, 3 credits
  • MAT 124 Pre-Calculus Mathematics, 5 credits
  • MAT 221 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I, 5 credits


Contact, Regional Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Tracy Davidson.