“This is across-the-board, comprehensive institutional support for student success at UW-Stout,” said Anne Hoeltke, director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, which oversaw the grant application.
Student success is the leading goal of UW-Stout’s FOCUS2030 strategic plan, and the grant’s goals align with the university’s Strategic Enrollment Plan.
The initiatives will help the university more effectively support students with responsive, sustainable academic programming to:
- Improve retention and graduation rates
- Increase student satisfaction and engagement
- Improve student performance and enrollment growth
A portion of the grant will be used to hire a project director, academic adviser, financial wellness coach and First Year Experience director, as well as provide faculty fellowships.
Preceding the grant approval an application was submitted to determine if UW-Stout was eligible. Then, a university committee worked on the proposal for four months before submitting it in mid-May.
The grant period began Oct. 1 and runs through September 2028. The office of Enrollment and Strategic Initiatives, under Vice Chancellor Ediz Kaykayoglu, will oversee grant management.