University of Wisconsin-Stout, as a special mission institution, serves a unique role in the University of Wisconsin System. UW-Stout is characterized by a distinctive array of programs leading to professional careers focused on the needs of society. These programs are presented through an approach to learning that involves combining theory, practice, and experimentation. Extending this special mission into the future requires that instruction, research, and public service programs be adapted and modified as the needs of society change.

Read a more detailed version of UW-Stout's Select Mission.

Vision Statement

UW-Stout, a respected innovator in higher education, educates students to be lifelong learners and responsible citizens in a diverse and changing world through experiences inside and outside the classroom that join the general and the specialized, the theoretical and the practical, in applied programs leading to successful careers in industry, commerce, education, and human services.

We Value

  • Excellence in teaching within high quality, student-centered undergraduate and graduate education involving active learning and appropriate technology.
  • Scholarship and research within applied knowledge and general education.
  • Collaborative relationships with business, industry, education, community and government.
  • Growth and development of students, faculty and staff through active participation in a university community.
  • Diversity of people, ideas and experiences.
  • Active involvement in shared governance, consensus-building, teamwork, open and effective communication, and respectful, ethical behavior.

Ethics Statement

The vision of the University of Wisconsin-Stout is to educate students to be lifelong learners and responsible citizens and, thus, is committed to a high degree of ethical standards by embracing the principles of honesty,accountability, respect and trust. Establishing and maintaining an ethical culture is essential to the health, humanity, vitality, and mission of this institution; and, to that end, it is the expectation of the university that members of the university community will exemplify these principles.

Please see the UW-Stout Center for Applied Ethics website wihich provides services and resources to faculty and staff to help enable students to become ethical leaders and role models.