Planning, Assessment, Research and Quality

News and Announcements

2015 Engagement Session Scope Suggestions
The Strategic Planning Group will be discussing the two fall 2015 University Priorities: (1) Develop a strategic plan for fundraising and (2) address needs for competitive, market-based compensation for faculty and staff at its retreat on July 15. If you have any feedback on these two topics that you'd like the SPG to consider at the retreat, please provide it here. Your feedback will be shared with the SPG in preparation for the retreat. The Survey will be open until June 25th.

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.

Introduction to Intercultural Development
Date: 6/22/2015

Start Time: 9:00 AM
End Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Memorial Student Center, Cedar/Maple Room

Phyllis Braxton, President and Founder of PINK Consulting, LLC will provide faculty and staff with a deeper understanding of how people generally experience cultural differences, their strengths and developmental needs to be more effective when interacting across cultural commonalities and differences. In addition, faculty and staff will be introduced to the prominent Intercultural Development Framework from which the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) is based. This is a practical and proactive approach to diversity that has potential to impact teaching, programs, relationships and our campus climate. This workshop is sponsored by the Diversity Leadership Team.
Please note: This is a repeat from the sessions offered in October and January.

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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.

Web Information Policy Revision
The Web Information policy: (#02-62) has been revised. The revised policy can be found online at: This policy went through the modified policy review process, which includes review by the Chancellor, Cabinet, campus policy committee, and the policy owner. The policy was revised to update titles and the appendix.

SPG recommendation: Enrollment Management Targets 

At its meeting on February 16, 2015, the Strategic Planning Group charged the Enrollment Management committee to recommend enrollment, retention and graduation rate targets for the year 2020. The Enrollment Management committee recommended a target of 9,450 student headcount enrollment, 78% first to second year retention, and 60% 6-year graduation. At its meeting on June 1, 2015, the Strategic Planning Group passed a resolution recommending approval of these targets. The Chancellor has approved this recommendation.

SPG recommendation: Engagement Session topics

At its meeting on June 1, 2015, the Strategic Planning Group passed a resolution recommending that the two university priorities to be initiated in fall 2015 be focused on addressing needs for competitive, market-based compensation, and developing a strategic plan for fundraising. The Chancellor has approved moving forward with these two topics. They will be discussed at the Strategic Planning Group retreat in July, 2015, and then again at the Engagement Sessions on August 31, 2015. Additional information will be shared as it becomes available.

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