Planning, Assessment, Research and Quality

News and Announcements

Campus Climate Survey Action Item Request

The Diversity Leadership Team has been charged to identify action items from the spring 2014 Campus Climate Survey.  The Diversity Leadership Team is seeking campus-wide input on potential action items. Please submit your suggestions using the Feedback Form.   The feedback form also includes links to the survey results.  In order to be considered by the Diversity Leadership Team, comments need to be submitted by October 21.

New Online Certification Programs at UW-Stout

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

FOCUS 2020 Strategic Plan Open Forum

An open forum will be held on Monday, November 3, from 12:20-1:15, in the Memorial Student Center Ballroom B 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. A portion of the time will be spent presenting proposed goal statements 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.

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.

Engagement Sessions Next Steps

Thanks to all faculty, staff and students who participated in the engagement sessions on August 25.  There were a total of 566 attendees.  Comments by room will be posted online during the week of September 2 on the engagement session website.  The PARQ office will be conducting a thematic analysis of the comments.  The Strategic Planning Group will review individual comments and the thematic analysis on September 15.  Following the meeting on September 15, a subcommittee will be formed to finalize the goal statements for FOCUS 2020, using the feedback from the engagement sessions and the Strategic Planning Group as resources.  To provide your feedback about the engagement sessions or the next steps, please complete the survey found on the engagement session website.  The survey will be open until September 12, 2014.

Contact Information

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