Applied Research Center

When you partner with the ARC for your applied research needs, you can expect the following from us:


The ARC staff has over 50 years of combined experience in conducting institutional research and over 20 years working with quality improvement initiatives.


The ARC staff has received graduate-level training in Evaluation Studies, Applied Psychology, Research Design, and qualitative/quantitative analysis, with several staff holding Masters and Doctoral degrees in these fields.


The ARC staff has active working relationships with UW-Stout faculty, staff and students in survey development, survey administration, statistical analysis, qualitative analysis, and other aspects of research design. The ARC staff also draws on the expertise of over 250 faculty members with content knowledge in a wide array of fields.


The great work done by the ARC staff has been recognized not only by our clients, but by the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Program and the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP).


The ARC staff has given presentations nationally and published articles on our Benchmarking Surveys - The Alumni Follow-up Survey, Mobile Computing Assessment, Greenhouse Gas Inventory and the Student Engagement Survey.


You can depend on the ARC to provide you a robust and rigorous approach to your research project. We want your institution to be able to take our research and apply it to your institutional community in the most effective way possible to create meaningful change. You can expect us to provide you with clear, concise reports that are easy to read and interpret. 

We will be with you each step of the way to enable you to achieve your goals.

2011-12 Stout Quest

The ARC is involved in the evaluation of two NSF grants highlighted in the 2011-12 StoutQuest. One is a study exploring the ethics content and pedagogy in computer and information technology programs. The second is focusing on using computational tools to address geometric questions in algebra and analysis.

StoutQuest features article

The most recent issue of StoutQuest, The Journal of Research at UW-Stout, includes a feature on an ARC research project aimed at closing the achievement gap in graduation rates. 

ARC in the News

The ARC and PolyDASHER have both been recognized as National "Best Practices" on the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Office of Quality Improvement website. See all of the best practices here

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What Others Are Saying

 "The staff at the Applied Research Center have provided professional assistance with summative and formative assessments of several of my research grants. This service has greatly increased my grant writing/reporting success."

Krista James, UW-Stout Instructor