Planning, Assessment, Research and Quality

News and Announcements

FOCUS 2020 Strategic Plan Open Forums

Two open forums will be held on Monday, November 3, from 12:20-1:15 pm, in the Memorial Student Center Ballroom B, and on Tuesday, December 2, from 11:15 am to 12:10 pm in the Memorial Student Center Great Hall AB to discuss the proposed goals for the FOCUS 2020 strategic plan.  All faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. The open forum will be facilitated by a subcommittee of the strategic planning group, who will do a presentation (intranet login required). A portion of the time will be spent presenting proposed goal statements (intranet log-in required) and asking for feedback on those, and a portion of the time will be for open discussion and brainstorming to suggest additional goals that might be missing. The proposed goal statements were developed based on feedback from the Visioning Session and from the Engagement Sessions.

All faculty, staff and students are also invited to provide their feedback on the goal statements through this feedback form. All comments must be received by December 5 in order to be considered by the subcommittee.

New Online Certification Programs at UW-Stout

Students can now register for two new online certification programs, in Evaluation Studies and Institutional Research.

Engagement Sessions Next Steps

Two subcommittees of the Strategic Planning Group (SPG) have been formed to review the feedback from the engagement session and propose final versions of the FOCUS 2020 goal statements and performance indicators.  Both subcommittees will be making some initial revisions based on the engagement session feedback and then bringing an updated draft to the Senates, Provost Council, ASLS council, College Councils, Chancellor's Advisory Council, Classified Advisory Development Council, and holding an open forum to solicit additional feedback.  The subcommittees will finish their work by the end of the fall semester, and will then present their recommendations to the Strategic Planning Group.  Minutes from the Strategic Planning Group and the two subcommittees can be found on the Information Portal.

Campus Climate Survey Next Steps

Thank you to all faculty, staff and students who provided suggestions for action items from the spring 2014 Campus Climate Survey.  Suggestions for action items were solicited via a campus wide survey, and from the Senates, Classified Advisory Development Council, Deans, Provost, Vice Chancellor for ASLS, Chancellor's Advisory Council, Nakatani Teaching and Learning Center, Minority Faculty and Staff Network, and Pride Alliance.  The Diversity Leadership Team will be reviewing the feedback and proposing 3-5 action items that will be shared with the Strategic Planning Group and the campus.

NSSE 2014 Results

Results for the 2014 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) are now available on the Information Portal. The NSSE is an annual undergraduate survey that assesses the extent to which first-year students and seniors engage in a variety of good educational practice that are linked with learning, personal development, and other desired outcomes such as persistence, satisfaction, and graduation. The purpose of NSSE 2014 is to assess how engaged UW-Stout first-year students and seniors are in their education compared to four peer groups: 1) UW Comprehensives, 2) Polytechnic Peers, 3) NSSE and 4) NSSE top 10% or best practices.

UW-Stout Alumni Follow-up Study

Overall university results from the spring 2014 Alumni Follow-Up Study are available on the Information Portal. The report is a summary of the survey sent to alumni who graduated in 2008 and 2012, one year and five years after graduation. Every two years, UW-Stout surveys recent alumni and their employers to assess student satisfaction and educational effectiveness. The surveys include questions about personal development in a variety of skill areas, preparation for and satisfaction with employment, quality of education and effectiveness of specific programs at UW-Stout.

Scheduled accreditation visit

UW-Stout will receive a visit from the Higher Learning Commission on March 28-29, 2016.  The visit is a standard part of the 10-year accreditation cycle for all institutions.  In preparation for this visit, UW-Stout must prepare an assurance argument, demonstrating how it complies with the criteria for accreditation, and a Federal Compliance packet, addressing information on the assignment of credits, the student complaint process, practices for verifying student identity, Title IV program responsibilities, advertising and recruitment materials, and student outcome data.  Additional information about the visit will be shared as it becomes available.

Higher Learning Commission Quality Initiative

As part of the requirements for accreditation, UW-Stout submits a "Quality Initiative" to the Higher Learning Commission.  The Quality Initiative takes place between years 5 and 9 of the accreditation cycle and is intended to allow institutions to take risks, aim high, and learn from partial successes or failures.  UW-Stout's Current Quality Initiative is about developing systems and processes for continuing to increase the quality of the faculty and staff.  It focuses primarily on addressing gaps in competitive compensation, growing the infrastructure for advancing the research enterprise, and improving campus climate and job engagement.  Progress on this initiative is reviewed by the Strategic Planning Group as part of the planning process.  UW-Stout will be required to submit a progress report on this initiative in August 2015.

Contact Information

Office of Planning, Assessment, Research and Quality
124 Bowman Hall
802 S Broadway St
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: 715/232-5308