Celebration of Baldrige, polytechnic anniversaries planned March 7

Ceremony to include announcements of economic impact, employment reports

March 2, 2017

A ceremony Tuesday, March 7, commemorating the anniversaries of two seminal events in University of Wisconsin-Stout history will feature two major announcements by Chancellor Bob Meyer. 

An event that begins at 9 a.m. in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center will look at the impact of UW-Stout receiving the Malcom Baldrige National Quality award 15 years ago and being designated Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University 10 years ago. 

The event is open to the public. 

Bob MeyerAs part of that celebration, Meyer will announce the results of a new study conducted for UW-Stout on its economic impact in western Wisconsin. The study includes an estimate on the economic impact that UW-Stout alumni have on the workforce of western Wisconsin, as well as the return on investment for students who attend UW-Stout and the taxpayers who help support the institution. 

Meyer also will announce the 2015-16 undergraduate employment rate, which for 2014-15 was 97.3 percent. The report includes the average starting salaries for 2015-16 graduates. 

“It is fitting that we take time to reflect on the importance that the Baldrige award and the polytechnic designation have had on the growth of UW-Stout in so many areas,” said Meyer, who was a faculty member, college dean and administrator at UW-Stout before returning to campus in August 2014 as chancellor. 

“We also want to take this opportunity to discuss the results of our economic impact study and to reveal what our employment rate was for 2015-16 undergraduates,” Meyer added. "These are important data points that we take very seriously at UW-Stout, as a result of our Baldrige work and our polytechnic designation." 

The program will include presentations by college deans, faculty members and students. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch will attend and read a proclamation by Gov. Scott Walker making March 9, 2017, “Wisconsin Polytechnic University Day” in Wisconsin.

The UW System Board of Regents voted March 9, 2007, to designate UW-Stout as Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University. Read more here.

Meyer also will read remembrances of both the polytechnic designation effort and the Baldrige award from Chancellor Emeritus Charles W. Sorensen, who championed both accomplishments. Learn more about the Baldrige award here.

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