Kinga Jacobson is UW-Green Bay’s new institutional research analyst

jacobsonKinga Jacobson Ed.D., has joined the Provost’s Office as the new institutional research analyst. Jacobson joins UW-Green Bay from Silver Lake College where she has served as director of institutional effectiveness and research since 2016. Previously, she worked as the director of information technology services in the Gibraltar Area School District and as a technology and faculty development consultant at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Jacobson earned a Master of Science and a Doctor of Education in Career and Technical Education from UW-Stout as well as a Master of Science in Information and Library Sciences from UW-Whitewater. “Kinga brings a wide range of experience and expertise that will be an asset to the University, especially in data analysis and institutional research and policy, and she has particular interests in accreditation and assessment,” says Associate Provost Clifton Ganyard. Jacobson’s appointment is effective Feb. 19, 2018. She reports to Ganyard.


Total enrollment is 6,779

UW-Green Bay’s Office of Institutional Research has posted its Fall 2015 enrollment Fact Sheet. Total enrollment of 6,779 is made up of 6,528 undergraduates and 251 graduate students. Other facts and figures worth highlighting:

  • 67 percent of students are women
  • 714 students (about 11 percent of total enrollment, and a new record) are underrepresented minorities. Another 113 (about 2 percent) are from other minority backgrounds
  • Wisconsin residents are 92 percent of total enrollment; 56 percent are from the New North region.
  • 58 percent of undergraduates are first-generation students (neither parent with a four-year degree)
  • UWGB enrolled 789 new freshmen, 661 new transfer students, 80 new master’s students
•  Average ACT composite for new freshmen was 23.1, a record

For more facts and figures from UW-Green Bay, see link for details.

IRB and Research Council host webinars on research policies, ethics, more

The UW-Green Bay Institutional Review Board and Research Council are making possible local participation in three distance-education seminars that focus on the IRB process. The first session is this Friday afternoon (Feb. 20). The training originates at UW-Stout with Elizabeth Buchanan, who is that university’s director of applied ethics. All UW-Green Bay faculty and staff are invited to attend. Each of the sessions takes place on a Friday between 2 and 4 p.m. CST, with a UW-Green Bay participation site of MAC Hall 137. For further information, please contact Prof. Illene Cupit, IRB Chair.

The three dates and topics to be covered are:
· Feb. 20 – “IRB Basics” – Membership, procedures, regulations and institutional choices, IRB scope
· March 13 – “Common Challenges of Protocol Review” — Exempt vs. expedited, exemption categories, educational research, SOTL research
· April 3 – “Challenges of Working Online” — Social media, online consent, data security, The Cloud

By the numbers: Headcount enrollments up, FTEs lagging for 2014

Log readers may recall a couple of weeks back when we told you about preliminary figures showing a projected headcount decline of about 7.5 percent, or 500 enrollments, at UW-Green Bay. We told you at the time that the final headcount tally was likely to be much higher, and figures released Monday (Oct. 20) confirm that prediction. Total enrollment for 2014-15 is 6,921, a number that is up 254 from last year and marks a new headcount enrollment record for the University. This jump is due in large part to the UW System’s Course Options program, which allows high school juniors and seniors to earn concurrent college credit by taking certain approved courses. The picture, however, isn’t quite so positive when it comes to full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollments, a figure that holds more relevance in terms of an institution’s budget and planning. This fall’s full-time equivalent enrollment is 4,992, down about 1.2 percent from 5,051 a year ago, according to UW-Green Bay’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment. You can view the enrollment report and access other info, here:

New ‘UW-Green Bay at a Glance’ for linking, bookmarking

It’s described as information at UWGB that everyone at UWGB should know about. The basic institutional fact sheet produced by Debbie Furlong in the Office of Institutional Research has been re-worked for this fall. It contains useful information on enrollment, academics, the student body and more, with links (a small phoenix icon) that take users to Institutional Research tables with more detailed information about the topic/fact of interest. You can download the file or bookmark the URL at or

In the media: Fall headcount up here, down at several System schools

You may have seen the media coverage on UW System enrollment trends ahead of Thursday’s Board of Regents meeting at UW-Stout. And while many of our fellow institutions are seeing declines this fall, UW-Green Bay’s numbers are up in terms of preliminary student headcount, according to the Office of Institutional Research. Our preliminary fall headcount is 6,698, up from 6,598 a year ago and 6,579 in 2010. A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story outlines the enrollment challenges many System schools are facing, including changing demographics and competition from for-profit schools. You can read the analysis — and check out more facts and figures on UW-Green Bay’s fall class — by clicking the links below:
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Institutional Research – factsheets

Furlong featured in Post-Crescent story on grad gender gap

The Post-Crescent of Appleton on Tuesday (Dec. 20) ran a story examining what’s often termed the “gender gap” in higher education graduation rates. The story notes that graduation rates across the UW System are consistently higher for women, with 62 percent of women who entered the System in 2004 having graduated by 2010, compared with 58 percent of their male counterparts. Our own Debbie Furlong provided some context for the numbers here — in 2011, UW-Green Bay graduated 837 women, which is more than double the number of men. Women slightly outpaced men in terms of graduation rate (the University’s student body is about 2/3 female), but factors such as program array and a safe campus mean women are more likely to stay and graduate. Full story.

Friday’s CATL workshop: Using student assessment data

“Things We Should Know About Our Students and Shouldn’t be Afraid to Use!” will be presented by Institutional Research Director Debbie Furlong from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. this Friday (Oct. 7) in MAC Hall, Room 219.  This session will introduce instructors to UW-Green Bay’s assessment programs and use of the information in curricular and pedagogical decisions.  The workshop is sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL).

NSSE and other survey results are in, or soon to arrive

This past spring, UW-Green Bay participated in three national survey projects.  The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment has now placed results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the National Faculty Survey online at  Additionally, the office will distribute results from the Campus Climate Survey through that same location within a few weeks.  You many address follow-up questions to Debbie Furlong at or (920) 465-2374.