Meridith Wentz

Contributing Faculty
College of Management and Human Potential
Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Meridith Wentz, PhD, is an Assistant Chancellor in the department of Planning, Assessment, Research and Quality at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She is responsible for leading institutional research and assessment, strategic planning, performance measurement, regional accreditation, and policy efforts. She is a judge with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, having led three national review teams, and a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission. As a peer reviewer, she has done comprehensive visits, portfolio reviews, financial panels, change panels, non-financial indicator panels, federal compliance, and assurance reviews. Meridith has presented UW-Stout’s approach to using data (and benchmarking) to inform decision-making at numerous institutional research, assessment, and Baldrige conferences. She led UW-Stout’s efforts as a founding institution for the Aspirational Statements for institutional research. She has taught courses in statistics, evaluation, and research design.


PhD, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

MS, University of Wisconsin-Stout

BA, Saint Olaf College


Wentz, M. K., Brown, A., Sweat, J. (2018). Infusing Data Campus-Wide to Drive Institutional Change. Midwest Higher Educational Researcher

Wentz, M. K., Baran, K., Brown, A., Drasin, J., Crnell, G. (2018). Maintaining Business Process Redesign Efforts through Change Management. Educause Review. Educause Review


Wentz, M. K. (2019). UW-Stout 15+ Years After Receiving the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award: Successes and Challenges. National Institute of Standards and Technology

Wentz, M. K., Nelson, A., Solverson, N. (2018). The AIR Aspirational Statements in Practice. AIRUM

Wentz, M. K., Oakgrove, F. (2018). Benchmarking Educational Support Services. AIRUM

Wentz, M. K., Rodriguez, G. (2017). Preparing for a Productive Open Pathway Site Visit. Higher Learning Commission

Wentz, M. K., Garfield, J. K. (2017). Integrating HLC Requirements into Daily Operations between Comprehensive Visits. Higher Learning Commission

Wentz, M. K. (2016). Keynote Presentation at the Association for Institutional Research in the Upper Midwest conference. AIRUM