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UW–Madison's commitment to advancing industry and community engagement

Innovation and Economic Prosperity (IEP) Timeline and Rationale

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arrow to next timeline element Assemble lead and working groups and develop IEP approach and plan

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arrow to next timeline element Conduct further research, gather evidence and assess potential impact on identified areas of opportunity

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illustration of newspaper APLU announces IEP University designations in November 2022

checked check box Spring 2021

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arrow to next timeline element Embark on a comprehensive self-assessment of cross-campus activities, resources and partnerships

checked check box Summer 2022

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arrow to show plan will continue into the future Introduce industry engagement improvement plan; submit APLU IEP designation application

Why Champion Innovation and Economic Prosperity?


External and internal forces are driving us to deepen and strengthen industry engagement across campus. COVID has only accelerated the needs of industry and academia to expand mutually beneficial collaboration. From the need for applied research to executive education, to projects and programs which benefit our students, faculty and the companies and communities in our ecosystem, embracing industry collaboration is increasingly necessary.

Large federal and private/public investment opportunities are also evolving and it is increasing important to recognize the growing need for a network of diverse and regional partners.

Our goal is to recognize, adapt and increase opportunities to serve our stakeholders in collaboration with industry. Prioritizing innovation and economic prosperity is critical for UW–Madison’s competitive future, given our economic impact and the many roles we play in our local community, state, region and beyond.


UW–Madison’s place in the heart of the Midwest represents an emerging opportunity to fulfill our research, teaching and community missions:

Within our existing economic impact programs, we are looking to create synergies and extend our strengths while reducing barriers and inefficiencies to accelerate the creation and enable the support of stakeholder growth.

How do we Achieve Innovation and Economic Prosperity?

Complete an Institutional Self-Assessment

We have engaged internal and external stakeholders to identify UW–Madison’s strengths and areas of growth, with a focus on industry engagement.

Internal stakeholders included faculty, staff, leadership, and students; those external to UW–Madison included businesses, local and state government, members of local communities, and others.

Develop and Implement a Cross-Campus Improvement Plan

Once we better know UW–Madison’s impact on industry partners and our broader economic impact we will begin work on a campus-wide improvement plan. This plan will be developed with guidance from UW–Madison’s leadership and a variety of inclusive working groups. We will then implement our improvement plan that will demonstrate an institution-wide commitment and strategy for industry engagement, growth and opportunity.