More cutting-edge academic programs also are available this fall. The automation leadership program, focused on leadership in smart automation training for manufacturing, is underway. It’s the first program of its kind in the UW System and possibly the U.S.
New minors in architecture and esports coaching have begun, the former as an option for interior design, real estate property management and construction majors; and the latter as an offshoot of UW-Stout’s esports team, the first in the UW System, and computer science and game design programs.
Five new certificate programs began this fall, many of which are related to majors to improve students’ and professionals’ career opportunities, giving UW-Stout nearly 35 such programs.
UW-Stout also is doing more on campus. South Hall, a residence hall, reopened this fall after a $25 million renovation that began in spring 2022. The project features updated student rooms and lounges along with a new central entrance facing the campus mall.
The $139 million Heritage Hall academic building renovation was approved for funding by the state earlier this summer. Bidding for construction begins in fall 2024.
In the planning stages is an addition to and renovation of the University Recreation complex on the southwest part of the Sports and Fitness Center.
During the summer, the university completed its second major solar panel project, along with other sustainability-focused projects.