Planning, Assessment, Research and Quality

News and Announcements

Higher Learning Commission Quality Initiative

As part of its requirements for accreditation, UW-Stout is required to submit a report on the progress and accomplishments associated with our Quality Initiative. The purpose of our Quality Initiative is to develop systems and incentives for recruiting and retaining high quality faculty and staff by: 1) addressing gaps in competitive compensation, 2) growing the infrastructure for advancing the research enterprise, and 3) improving campus climate and job engagement. The report highlights numerous actions that we have taken, including two supplemental compensation programs, expanded opportunities to engage in research through reassigned time, funding and student assistance, and actions to address campus climate, including the implementation of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI).

 SAVE THE DATE: 2015 Engagement Sessions, August 31, 2015

All faculty, staff and student are invited to attend the fall 2015 Engagement Sessions, which will be held on August, 31, 2015.  The event will begin with an opening address in the Great Hall at 8:15am, and then move into small group discussions about the proposed initiatives from 9:15-11:30.  All faculty/staff/students who attend the engagement sessions will receive a ticket for lunch immediately following the event.  The presentations and discussions will focus on initial action items related to fundraising and compensation. For more information, please visit the Engagement Session Website (intranet login required). 

Board of Regents Diversity Award  

The Diversity Leadership Team is seeking nominations for the Board of Regents Diversity Award. Additional information can be found here. Nominations must be submitted by July 6 in order to be considered.

Ann Lydecker Educational Diversity Award
The Diversity Leadership Team is seeking nominations for the Ann Lydecker Educational Diversity Award. Additional information can be found here. Nominations must be submitted by July 6 in order to be considered.

Press Release: Institutional research office participates in national pilot test
UW-Stout has been selected as one of only 10 institutions nationally to participate in a grant-funded pilot project called "Improving and Transforming Institutional Research in Postsecondary Education." As part of the project, a team comprised of Meridith Drzakowski (chair), Maria Alm, Kathleen Cochran, Michelle Greenway-Lawler, Joel Helms, Amy McGovern, Glendali Rodriquez, Doug Stevens, and Curtis Wieland will review and provide input on Statement of Aspirational Practice for Institutional Research that were developed by the Association for Institutional Research (AIR). Click here to view the full story.

Student Jobs Testimonials 

In fall 2011, UW-Stout launched a strategic planning initiative (University Priority) to increase the number of opportunities for first year students to work on campus. This initiative was identified based on previous research at UW-Stout which showed that freshmen who work on campus have retention rates that exceed the university average by 9-10 percentage points. As well, student employment was identified as a leading indicator that is effective in closing the achievement gap for racial and ethnic minorities.

Students who are part of this initiative are asked to submit a final report at the end of the semester about their experiences. As the reports are being submitted, Jen Mans in the PARQ office is reviewing them. The responses from the students are positive and really reflect the purpose of the program. To see a list of testimonials from the students please click here. For more information about the program please visit the Student Jobs Website or email Jen at Thank you for your continued support for this program.  

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.

Contact Information

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