The office of Planning, Assessment, Research and Quality is responsible for strategic planning and accountability, institutional research and assessment, the Applied Research Center, quality initiatives and university policies. We employ a participatory, collaborative planning process and rigorous approach to research and assessment. Decisions are informed by data and reflect the needs of UW-Stout and our external clients. Our dedication to continuous quality improvement promotes intelligent risk taking and innovative thinking university-wide. Our transparent approach to sharing data and information demonstrates accountability to the university and the public.