Planning, Assessment, Research and Quality

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Higher Learning Commission Quality Initiative Accepted

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 the following means: 

  1. Addressing gaps in competitive compensation.
  2. Growing the infrastructure for advancing the research enterprise.
  3. Improving campus climate and job engagement. 

The Higher Learning Commission has reviewed and accepted the report.  The reviewers concluded that “UW-Stout has reallocated resources to make a significant investment in addressing the compensation goals and accomplished a number of initiatives to grow the infrastructure for advancing the research enterprise.”  They also praised UW-Stout for developing action items from the campus climate survey and for our implementation of the Intercultural Development Inventory.  They recommended that we make a clearer connection between the actions we have taken and the anticipated positive impact on student enrollment, retention and graduation rate targets. 

2015-16 Action Plans

The Chancellor has approved the 2015-16 Academic plan, which includes initiatives on supporting new academic programming in the Colleges that meets University financial goals, and fits within the UW-Stout mission;and reviewing all majors using the program viability criteria model. The plan was modified based on feedback from the Chancellor's Cabinet and from the Strategic Planning group at its meeting on June 15.

The Chancellor has approved the 2015-16 ASA Targeted Projects action plan, which includes initiatives on developing a fundraising strategic plan for the Academic and Student Affairs division; implementing recommended instructional workload guidelines for all undergrad faculty/instructors; developing a lab modernization procedure and plan for refreshing labs campus wide; developing plans to attract and retain faculty and staff within ASA; and preparing for the Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Re-Affirmation in March 2016- implementing activity insight. The plan was modified based on feedback from the Strategic Planning group at its meeting on June 15.

he Chancellor has approved the 2015-16 ASLS Focused Initiatives action plan, which includes initiatives on expanding MAP-WORKS student retention program and extend to off-campus freshmen and 500 at risk sophomores;implementing an online training program, including Clery/Title 9 training, and look for synergies to consolidate existing online training systems;developing an RFP to select a new 3rd party health insurance billing vendor;and managing budget cuts and take measures to improve the university's financial viability, developing a white paper and propose a new funding model, and finding new sources of revenue. The Strategic Planning Group did not recommend any changes to this plan.

The Chancellor has approved the 2015-16 High Risk Drinking Prevention action plan, which includes initiatives on working to establish a student organization/group focused around support and information for students in recovery;promoting local recovery resources;supporting Dunn County Area Task Force for added law enforcement for party patrols during high activity weekends;reviewing results of NCHA survey, both UW-Stout and UW-System and use information to advance high risk drinking efforts;effectively communicate AOD policy when students arrive on campus;and enhancing Bystander Intervention Program "I Step Up" to include SBIRT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment) around AODA issues as well as other educational and marketing tasks. The plan was modified based on feedback from the Strategic Planning group at its meeting on June 15.

The Chancellor has approved the 2015-16 Marketing action plan, which includes initiatives on researching and planning the development of a new fully responsive, mobile-first website;targeted program marketing;career cluster marketing campaigns;Hobsons CRM Team Implementation &System Enhancement;and Veteran's Marketing. The plan was modified based on feedback from the Chancellor's Cabinet.

The Chancellor has approved the 2015-16 Training and Development action plan, which includes initiatives on developing a compliance training schedule and implement online compliance training including, Title IX, Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation, FERPA, and Mandatory Reporting of Children;developing online orientation modules and revise the orientation process;updating and expanding the supervisor toolkit (i.e., difficult conversations, managing performance, sample letters and template related to coaching);and implementing civility/mutual respect campaign. The plan was modified based on feedback from the Strategic Planning group at its meeting on June 15. 

The Chancellor has approved the 2015-16 Information Technology action plan, which includes initiatives on E-textbook Program, implementing electronic course catalog system, developing service catalog for all services provided by LIT, developing a model campus-wide computer lab replacement, and facilitating fiber build through North Menomonie for redundant connection to internet. The plan was supported by the Strategic Planning group at its meeting on June 15. 

The Chancellor has approved the 2015-16 Campus Sustainability action plan, which includes initiatives developing a system for tracking greenhouse gas emissions data annually, developing and implement a marketing campaign for green cleaning in campus buildings, utilizing the Building Dashboard for an energy competition between academic and administrative buildings, implementing Rideshark online ride sharing software to offer shared commute options to faculty/staff and students, and conducting a feasibility study for the bike lockers and a for rental bike program for faculty/staff. The plan was modified based on feedback from the Strategic Planning group at its meeting on June 15.

The Chancellor has approved the 2015-16 Inclusive Excellence action plan, which includes initiatives on making recommendations regarding the next steps with the Infusing Diversity Into the Curriculum program;developing a long-term strategy for integrating diversity into the curriculum;developing an awareness campaign based on the items in the action plan;developing ambassadors and have them share the information with others;incorporating opportunities for recognition/reward and for identifying ways for the committee to collect voices/input;providing leadership for ensuring that the recommendations from the Campus Climate Survey get implemented;and conducting intercultural development framework professional development to faculty and staff audiences. The plan was modified based on feedback from the Strategic Planning group at its meeting on June 15.

The Chancellor has approved the 2015-16 Capital action plan, which includes initiatives on Harvey Hall renovation;North Campus site development;North Hall renovation;Price Commons renovation;and reimagine and develop a revised master plan. The plan was modified based on feedback from the Strategic Planning group at its meeting on June 15.

The Chancellor is deferring the 2015-16 High Achieving Student proposal due to the budget situation. This was a recommendation made during the Strategic Planning group on June 15.

 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). 

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 mansje@uwstout.edu. 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