Planning, Assessment, Research and Quality

News and Announcements

UW System Awards Call for Nominations
The Diversity Leadership Team is soliciting ideas for nominations from UW-Stout faculty/staff for two UW System awards. Outstanding Women of Color in Education Award is to acknowledge the contributions of women of color from around the state for their extensive contributions to their campuses and/or communities. The second award is the Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ People which is established to publicly recognize the contributions that LGBTQ people and their allies have made to the UW System, to diversity, and LGBTQ inclusivity. To submit a nomination, please visit here for more information. Please contact Glendalí Rodríguez or Meridith Drzakowski with questions.

Student Handbook Update
One of the requirements for the Higher Learning Commission (accreditation) site visit in March, 2016 is to provide a link to our Student Handbook. Based on feedback from an ad hoc task force, we will be using our One-Stop page as our student handbook: http://www.uwstout.edu/onestop/index.cfm  All of the essential materials that were on the old student handbook website have been made available on the One-Stop page.

Rescinded policy #83-37 (Advanced Deposit- International Students) 
The Advanced Deposit- International Students policy: #83-37 has been rescinded. This policy change went through the full policy review process, which includes review by the Chancellor, Cabinet, Faculty Senate, Senate of Academic Staff, policy review group, campus policy committee and policy owner. 

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.  

Improving and Transforming Institutional Research in Postsecondary Education
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).

New policy #14-74 (Advertising, Sponsorship and Promotion of Alcohol and Tobacco Products)
The Advertising, Sponsorship and Promotion of Alcohol and Tobacco Products policy: #14-74 has been approved. The revised policy can be found here. This policy went through the full policy review process, which includes review by the Chancellor, Cabinet, Senates, policy review group, campus policy committee and policy owner. This is a new policy and the purpose is to establish guidelines for the advertisement, sponsorship or promotion of alcohol and tobacco products on the UW-Stout campus or at campus sponsored events.
  

Revision to policy #90-52 (Identity and Publications Standards)
The Identity and Publications Standards policy: #90-52 has been revised. The revised policy can be found here. This policy went through the full policy review process, which includes review by the Chancellor, Cabinet, Senates, policy review group, campus policy committee and policy owner. The purpose of the policy is to ensure appropriate and consistent use of the university's official name and other identity elements.

Budget Cut Feedback Form

Please click here to provide input on the budget cuts. All comments will be anonymous unless you choose to provide your name on the feedback form.

 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