As a result of the meeting, it was determined that the mission statement needed to be revised. A public hearing on the proposed statement was held in August prior to Board of Regents approval.
Along with the mission statement changes and FOCUS2030 plan, the university’s vision statement, part of its mission and values, also has been revised. Key changes include an expanded focus on equity, diversity and inclusivity; enhanced future focus, including a progression from a regional to international leader; and an increased focus on polytechnic tenets, specifically career.
The vision statement reads:
University of Wisconsin-Stout prepares lifelong learners, ethical leaders and responsible citizens in an equitable, inclusive, and sustainable environment through collaborative career-focused programs that integrate applied learning, theory and research. We will advance our position as a future-focused polytechnic institution and as a regional, national and international leader in higher education in a diverse society.
The FOCUS2030 plan has five goals that are guiding short-term and long-term decision-making. They are:
- Student success
- Employee success
- Institutional sustainability
- Equity, diversity and inclusivity
The goals align with a series of action plans managed by the university’s Strategic Planning Group, which is made up of faculty, staff and students.