Applied Research Center Staff

ARC staff have over 50 years of combined experience in conducting institutional research, and over 20 years of experience in quality initiatives.


ARC staff have graduate training in applied psychology, program evaluation, research design, training and development, qualitative analysis, and quantitative analysis.


ARC staff have presented regionally and nationally on benchmarking surveys, have published articles on conducted research, and received national recognition for their work, most notably through the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP).

Faculty Partnerships

Additionally, the ARC partners with UW-Stout faculty who have doctoral degrees in the content areas in which the ARC specializes, including Alumni and Employer surveys, Mobile Technology Assessment, Student Exit Surveys, Greenhouse Gas Inventories, Program Evaluation, Internal Communications, Student Engagement, Retention, Campus Violence Prevention, and Teaching and Learning Research. Through this model, the ARC combines the applied research expertise of the ARC staff with the content expertise of over 250 faculty members.


Dr. Meridith Wentz, ARC Director
Cori Beskow, M.S., ARC Manager
Jonathon Burton, Associate Institutional Planner
Libby (Juliana) Smith, Associate Institutional Planner