In the 26 years under Sorensen, UW-Stout has grown in enrollment, physical size and national stature. The changes that occurred under Sorensen's leadership cover nearly all aspects of university operations. They include:
Enrollment: Since 1988, enrollment has risen from 7,092 to 9,286, an increase of 31 percent.
Academics: The number of undergraduate majors has risen since 1988 from 20 to 44 and the number of graduate majors from 18 to 23, including three advanced graduate programs.
Recognition: UW-Stout won the national Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2001. In 2007 it was designated as Wisconsin's Polytechnic University. It is listed as one of the top 15 regional public universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.
Physical campus: Since 1988 there have been five new buildings, two major additions and seven major renovations.
Innovation: The eStout laptop program was implemented in 2002. It provides laptop computers to all undergraduates and is the foundation for a campuswide digital learning environment.
Employment success: Maintained the employment rate for new graduates at or above 97 percent, even through the worst recession since the Great Depression.
Advancement: Stout University Foundation assets have grown since 1988 from $2.3 million to $47 million.