Planning, Assessment, Research and Quality

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Student Jobs Program

The Student Jobs Program will be continuing in 2015-16, but at a much reduced funding level. Based on the feedback from the Strategic Planning Group last year, half of the carryover from workstudy from 2014-15 will be allocated to the program for 2015-16. In addition, the Foundation is considering the possibility of providing some financial support. It is unknown at this time if any additional funding beyond these two sources will be provided to the program for 2015-16. As has been the case in previous years, students hired based on funded proposals will be paid a $500 stipend at the end of the semester. We would appreciate your assistance with encouraging interested faculty/staff to apply. However, with limited funding for 2015-16, it will be more competitive than it has in the past. The proposals are due on June 19th. 

Here is the link to submit proposals: 

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.  

 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 to achieve the 5 goals of FOCUS 2020: 1) Create a supportive environment that increases the recruitment and retention of high quality faculty and staff, 2) Establish sustained financial viability of the institution by improving fiscal discipline, reallocating resources, increasing donations and other external revenue, and streamlining processes, 3) Create a supportive environment that encourages, promotes and incentives the use of innovative, high-impact, evidence-based instructional models and practices, 4) Increase student participation in applied research, increase student experiences that develop intercultural competence, and require an applied learning experience from all students and 5) Expand, sustain, and collaborate on internal and external partnerships.  Additional information about the specific action items will be provided at a later date.

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