CAREER FOCUS: A polytechnic university offers a comprehensive curriculum that prepares graduates for professional careers.

APPLIED LEARNING: A polytechnic university combines theory with practice to produce innovative solutions to real world problems.

COLLABORATION: A polytechnic university works closely with business, industry and other educational institutions to benefit students and grow the economy.


On March 9, 2007, UW-Stout was designated as Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University by the UW System Board of Regents. This monumental day affirms and establishes national recognition for the traditional strengths and bright future of UW-Stout.

We “Stouties” always knew the value the UW-Stout experience provided students, faculty and the Chippewa Valley. Now, the new designation provides an opportunity for Stout to better convey its mission in higher education.

As a polytechnic university, UW-Stout benchmarks itself against other UW institutions and against a collection of polytechnic universities across the United States, such as California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Illinois Institute of Technology.

After more than a year of study of polytechnic characteristics, the faculty, staff and administration at UW-Stout came to realize that what we loved and cherished about our university was really that which describes polytechnic universities across the United States.

Now that UW-Stout has formally entered the arena of many other great polytechnic universities, expect to see even greater things emerge from our campus.

The university has launched an aggressive plan to establish new majors including polymer engineering, computer/electrical engineering, applied social science, and cognitive neuroscience. We should expect to see greater collaborations with business and industries and the public sector in the Chippewa Valley through well-established entities such as the Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute and the Stout Technology Transfer Institute. And, our applied learning focus will begin to attract an even greater amount of much-needed external funding through research grants and contracts.

Through enhanced collaborations, we will see the economic strength and human welfare of the western Wisconsin region reach new heights.

Forrest Schultz
Chair, Polytechnic Steering Committee
Chair, Department of Chemistry

Summer Outlook 2012