UW System president to address UW-Stout planning session

July 11, 2014

University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross on Tuesday will deliver the keynote address at the Ray CrossUW-Stout Visioning Session, which kicks off the university's strategic planning effort for the next five years.

The Visioning Session, to be held in the Memorial Student Center, also will feature remarks by Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen and Robert Meyer, who will succeed Sorensen Aug. 16. Sorensen has led UW-Stout for 26 years and was instrumental in establishing the current strategic planning process. Meyer, who worked for UW-Stout for 25 years until 2008, is president of the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. He was named as the seventh Charles W. SorensenUW-Stout chancellor by the Board of Regents in May.

About 80 invitees are expected to attend the Visioning Session. These include legislators, members of the UW System Board of Regents, business leaders, community members, education leaders, alumni and UW-Stout faculty, staff and students.

Cross' address is expected to center on current issues facing higher education.

"The university is taking a stakeholder-centered approach to crafting its new strategic plan," Cross said. "This visioning session is a vital and valuable part of aligning UW-Stout's focus and resources with the needs of the region. I'm looking forward to listening and participating."

Robert MeyerSorensen will discuss the progress that UW-Stout has made through its strategic planning process, which included winning the 2001 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Meyer will discuss the importance that strategic planning will play in his administration.

"The purpose of the event is to gather big ideas that will guide our planning process for the next five years," said Meridith Drzakowski, assistant chancellor for Planning, Assessment, Research and Quality. "Themes from this event will be reviewed with the campus community in August and used to develop five-year goal statements."

A panel made up of Cross, Meyer and state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf will summarize the themes that emerge from eight breakout groups.

"We are excited to hear from our external stakeholders about their vision for where UW-Stout should be headed in the future," Drzakowski added. "Their ideas will be shared with the campus community in August for feedback and used to develop goal statements that will guide our planning process for the next five years."

Meridith DrzakowskiJacalyn Weissenburger, provost and vice chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, will welcome the participants in the Great Hall of the student center and will introduce Cross and Sorensen. Meyer will be introduced by Sorensen. Weissenburger also will facilitate the reports by the breakout groups.

More information on the Visioning Session is available here

UW-Stout, Wisconsin's Polytechnic University, has more than 9,300 students in 45 undergraduate majors and 23 graduate majors, including one doctoral degree. UW-Stout, established in 1891, prides itself on the success of its students in the workplace, with a graduate employment rate at or above 97 percent for recent graduates. The university was awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality award in 2001.

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Ray Cross

Charles W. Sorensen

Robert Meyer

Meridith Drzakowski