The Wisconsin Idea
One of the longest and deepest traditions surrounding the University of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Idea signifies a general principle: that education should influence people’s lives beyond the boundaries of the classroom. Synonymous with Wisconsin for more than a century, this “Idea” has become the guiding philosophy of university outreach efforts in Wisconsin and throughout the world.
Today, more than ever, faculty, students, and staff at the La Follette School of Public Affairs practice the Wisconsin Idea across the state and around the world through research, teaching, and outreach. Read more.