SPG agenda available

The agenda for the May 1 Strategic Planning Group (SPG) meeting is available now. The meeting goals are as follows:

  • Make decision on next steps with “Communicating a Common Message” charge
  • Confirm SPG membership for 2017-18
  • Begin the process of identifying university priorities to be discussed at the 2017 Engagement Session

The minutes from the April 17 SPG meeting are also available.



PENworks presentation inspires tweets

Meridith Drzakowski and Libby Smith presented "Collecting and Using Stakeholder Feedback to Inform Decision-Making" at PENworks 2017. The presentation kicked-off tweets from attendees, including...

  • Major props to UW-Stout...annually conducts engagement sessions w/ 500 stakeholders of staff and students 4 strategic planning
  • By far the most unique session I've been to so far #PenWorks2017 #UWStout #audience participation
  • Love that UW-Stout moves engagement session themes to action items in what they call You Said... We Did

Stout featured in recent article

Baldrige-award-winner UW-Stout was recently featured in the article "Still Improving (and Dancing) Despite Budget Cuts: The effect of the Baldrige Award 15 years later" on QualityDigest. The article developed from an interview with Meridith Drzakowski, assistant chancellor Planning, Assessment, Research and Quality.


FOCUS 2020 Performance Indicators  

UW-Stout tracks 25 metrics, called performance indicators, to assess the overall success of our FOCUS 2020 strategic plan. These metrics align with our FOCUS 2020 goals and were developed by the Strategic Planning Group (SPG), which formally reviews progress on these metrics once per year. Faculty, staff and students can also review these metrics via an interactive dashboard. The dashboard enables users to view information at the university level, as well as drill-down to data at the college, major, department and program level.

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Fall 2017 Engagement Sessions -- save the date

The Fall 2017 Engagement Sessions will be held August 28, 2017. The sessions offer a great opportunity to provide input on proposed initiatives. The day will also be a way to connect with colleagues and share in the excitement of another academic year.

Departments are permitted to close their offices during the Engagement Sessions to allow for as much participation from faculty and staff as possible. 

Additional information will be posted online and in the daily email in the coming months. Watch your UW-Stout email in August for your room assignment. Please contact Meridith Drzakowski with any questions about the event.


Baldrige blogs 'bout Stout You Said... We Did

After watching the livestream of the You Said…We Did event, the Baldrige featured UW-Stout in an article, which includes photos from the event.


Baldrige impact evident in Student Jobs Program

UW-Stout's Student Jobs Program was recently featured in a news story: First and lasting, Baldrige impact evident 15 years later in Student Jobs Program

The successful job program, which increases student retention by as much as 10 percent, developed as a result of the organizational excellence that helped make UW-Stout the first--and only--four-year higher education institute to earn the Baldrige National Quality Award .


Baldrige Regional Conference

Meridith Drzakowski, Glendali Rodriguez, and Jen DeGroote recently presented at the 2016 Baldrige Regional Conference in Chicago about, "Using a Cascading Scorecard System to Track Performance at the Organizational, Unit, and Program Levels."   For more information about the presentation or to get involved in the Baldrige framework, please contact Meridith Drzakowski. 


Contact Information

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

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Engagement Sessions

Faculty and staff participating in Engagement session
2017 Engagement Sessions
Monday, August 28
7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Great Hall, MSC