Employment rate for graduates hits 97.4 percent, up third year in row
Economic impact results also reported at Baldrige, polytechnic anniversary celebration
March 7, 2017
For the third year in a row, an increased
number of University of Wisconsin-Stout graduates were working within six
months of leaving campus, Chancellor Bob Meyer announced Tuesday, March 7, at a
celebration of two historic developments in the university’s recent past.
announced that 97.4 percent of the 2015-16 graduates were working or continuing
their education within six months of receiving their diplomas, compared with the 2014-15 employment rate of 97.3 percent. The 2013-14 rate was 97.1 percent
and the 2012-13 rate 97 percent.
event attendees in the Great Hall of the Memorial Student Center applauded the announcement,
Meyer in turn applauded for the crowd, made up largely of faculty and staff. “It’s
because of a lot of effort by people in the room. It speaks to the polytechnic
designation we have and making sure our graduates are well-prepared,” Meyer
also announced the results of an economic impact study that found UW-Stout
contributes $271.8 million annually to a seven-county area in western Wisconsin
and supports 4,624 jobs.
study showed that for every $1 that students invest in their education at
UW-Stout, they receive $3.50 in additional earnings over their lifetime. The
average annual rate of return for student spending at UW-Stout is 15 percent.
taxpayers, the annual rate of return was 14.6 percent on every dollar they invest
in support UW-Stout.Taxpayers also
received $3.50 in benefits for every dollar invested in UW-Stout.
the first time, the study analyzed the impact UW-Stout graduates have on the
economy in the seven-county area, revealing that the accumulated contribution
from 30 years of alumni employed in the regional workforce amounted to $147.7
million in added income during the analysis year.
Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch attended the event, which marked the 15-year anniversary
of UW-Stout receiving the Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award and the
10-year anniversary of UW-Stout being designated by the UW System Board of
Regents as Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University.
pretty incredible the economic impact and the number of graduates you put
directly into the workforce — 97.4 percent is pretty amazing,” Kleefisch said.
“You take the polytechnic idea and the Wisconsin Idea and spread it across the
great state of Wisconsin.”
read a proclamation signed by Gov. Scott Walker that makes March 9, 2017,
“Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University Day” in Wisconsin. March 9 is the 10-year
anniversary of the Board of Regents vote on the polytechnic designation.
proclamation notes that since receiving the designation, UW-Stout has doubled
the number of undergraduate majors it offers, has record enrollment “and
continues to be a vital partner with business and industry in the Chippewa
Valley and across the state of Wisconsin.”
read a letter sent by Chancellor Emeritus Charles W. Sorensen, who championed
both the Baldrige award and the polytechnic designation. The Baldrige award,
Sorensen said, “provided national and international recognition for the school”
and demonstrated “that indeed UW-Stout is a special university.”
polytechnic designation, Sorensen said, meant that UW-Stout “joined the ranks
of well over 100 other polytechnics across the country” and “reinforced our
commitment to regional and statewide companies.”
said the polytechnic designation helped and continues to help UW-Stout focus as
an institution. “A lot of people knew we were special. They just didn’t know
what was special about us,” he said.
- UW-Stout deans Maria Alm, Chuck
Bomar and Bob Salt
- Barbara Bales, director for strategic
initiatives and educational innovation for the UW System
- Meridith Drzakowski, assistant
chancellor for Planning, Assessment, Research and Quality
- Professors Julie Bates-Maves, Nels
Paulson and Forrest Schultz, emcee
- Laura Donovan, of Platteville, an
applied social science major and Stout Student Association president
- Kristine Christofferson Olson, of
Eau Claire, a 2010 graduate who in 2007 as a student spoke at the Board of
Regents to encourage the UW System to approve the polytechnic designation
said UW-Stout’s polytechnic mission is the “intersection of theory and
practice” and that the mission and Baldrige focus support the Wisconsin Idea of
leveraging university expertise for the good of all state residents.
also noted UW-Stout’s promotion of the Wisconsin Idea, especially through the
LAKES REU — research experience for undergraduates. She was part of the
federally funded program, which conducts research on area water quality. The
Baldrige and polytechnic designation are embedded in the type of education
UW-Stout provides, she said. “It’s about taking what we learn and applying it
to real-world situations both locally and globally. It’s about using those
values (we learn) for a better future.”
who became a science teacher for six years and currently is a stay-at-home mom,
said “my passion for science was fostered here at UW-Stout” through integrated
hands-on experiences such as doing research on grasshoppers and zebra fish. “I
am forever grateful for these experiences. They truly changed who I am as an
individual,” she said.
is on the national Baldrige Board of Examiners. She said that 15 years after
receiving the award UW-Stout remains a national role model for quality because award
criteria such as using factually based research to drive managerial decisions and valuing people “keep us focused on
livestream video of the event is available here.
more about the polytechnic designation, the Baldrige award and the economic impact study at the links.###
Top: Chancellor Bob Meyer speaks as Lt.
Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and deans Maria Alm, left, and Bob Salt, right, listen during the Baldrige and polytechnic anniversary
Second: Laura Donovan, president of the Stout
Student Association, talks about her educational experiences at UW-Stout during
Third: A brochure explaining UW-Stout’s designation
as a polytechnic institution was available at the event.
Bottom: Alumna Kristine Christofferson Olson discusses
her experiences as a UW-Stout student and advocating for the university’s
polytechnic designation in 2007.