Culminating Research Projects


  • A Review of a Survey of Wisconsin Fire Chiefs and the Viability of Fire and EMS District Consolidation
  • Can Special Districts offer Revival to the Wisconsin Fire Service?
  • Organizational Diversity and Performance
  • Identifying Veterans’ Unmet Needs and Gaps in Research
  • The Legislation, Policies, and Lifestyles Behind Obesity
  • Sheboygan Fire Department Review of the 48/96 vs Kelly Schedule
  • Ensuring A Promise Fulfilled: Access to Healthcare in the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • A Comprehensive Evaluation of The City of Milwaukee’s Violence
    Reduction Strategy
  • Studying the Impact of Unmet Needs on Graduation Rates for Caregiving Students at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
  • Public Opinion and Congressional Pay: Tying Pay to Median Income
  • A Comparative Study of Wisconsin Municipalities with Full-Time Elected Officials contrasted with Municipal Administrators
  • What’s It Like to Work Here? The Worker’s Perspective on Organizational Culture and Climate
  • Economic Growth and the Impact on Municipal Fire and EMS Services
  • Medicare Coverage Gaps: An Argument for Health Care Reform in the United States
  • Small Municipalities Deserve Love Too


  • Credit Unions & DEI: Internal & External Impacts of DEI-Focused Strategies, Efforts, and Initiatives at Credit Unions
  • Wisconsin’s People Problem, a UW System Strategy and a Green Rush to Come: Problem, Politics and Policy and Proposal
  • Why the Voting Rights Act of 1965 Matters
  • Performance Evaluations and Motivational Theory: The Effect on Future Performance
  • Measuring Fire Department Performance
  • Destructive Leadership and Toxic Behaviors
  • Healthcare Reform through the Elimination of Surprise Billing
  • The role of public-private partnerships: A framework for improving the impact of community health partnerships
  • Equitable Community Engagement Toolkit
  • Increasing Public Participation and Representation on Local Boards and Commissions
  • The Evolution of Technology and its Influences on Public Administration
  • Sense of Community at Work
  • Municipal Budgeting through Staff Shortages
  • Efficacy of Local Refugee Integration Programs
  • Illinois Municipal Needs Assessment
  • Budgeting Issues and Constraints for Rural Wisconsin Counties
  • Addressing Racism in the Healthcare Workforce
  • Strategic Communications in Local Government
  • Standardization of Job Classifications and Titling in Higher Education Institutions
  • FDA Blood Ban on Gay and Bisexual Men


  • Decision-Making in Local Government
  • EMT-B to Paramedic
  • Making the Case for Moraine Park Technical College’s Capital Expansion
  • Improving Equity in Transportation Improves Health Equity & Quality of Life: How Can Local Governments Get Involved?
  • Police Recruitment and Retention Best Practices: A Roadmap to Stabilize Staffing and Improve Essential Service Delivery
  • Future of the Office of Wisconsin State Treasurer
  • Does Enhancing Diversity in the Workplace Improve Organizational Performance?
  • Unemployment – Enrollment: Linked?
  • What are the impacts of funding reductions to the Low-Income Heating Assistance Program?
  • Connection and Belonging: Voices from People in Recovery Listening Session Report and Policy Brief
  • To Lobby or Not to Lobby: A Proposal for the Potential Reorganization of the
    Wisconsin Municipal Clerks Association
  • Attachments and Quality of Life: How can your attachment style impact quality of life after experiencing childhood trauma?
  • The Aging Workforce: Retirement Trends, Barriers, and Solutions
  • Implication of Mindfulness-based Strategies Within the Workplace
  • Effects of Recreational Marijuana Legalization on Public Health and Safety: A Review
  • Sex Education Curriculum: A Two-Part Proposal
  • Tacking Morale at the VA
  • Understanding the Impact of Parental Substance Use Disorder on the Child Welfare System: Analysis of Cross-Systems Data and Perspectives from the Field
  • Government Strategies for Addressing Homelessness
  • Tap the Hydrant for Volunteers
  • A History of Leadership Styles and Contemporary Application to Employee Engagement
  • Virtual work: What We’ve Learned


  • Juvenile Crime Prevention with Afterschool Programs
  • Economic Development Strategies for Rural Communities in the United States
  • Should Our Nation Reinstate the Military Draft Study
  • Declining Attendance Rates at Legion Pool
  • Female Diversity in the Midwest Fire Service
  • Municipal Response to a Pandemic: A Toolkit for Communication Through a Crisis
  • The Gender Wage Gap:  Should it be an Organizational or National Issue?
  • Are Head Start Programs Effective?
  • Too Many Cooks (Politicians) in the Kitchen (Boardroom)How Act 100 Changed County Board Sizes in the State of Wisconsin
  • Increasing Female Representation in Local Politics
  • Inaccessibility to Women’s Healthcare Services in Rural United States
  • The Case for a Six-Hour Workday
  • Public Service Motivation: Does it Attract Individuals to Public Service and Positively Impact Job Performance and Satisfaction?


  • Strategic Planning Benefits for the Public Sector
  • Nonprofit Branding Standards and Management
  • Closing the Gap: How to Increase Transportation Revenue in Wisconsin
  • Preparing a Historic Preservation Plan for The City of Oshkosh
  • Challenges Faced by the Refugees in Northeast Wisconsin: The Somali Community of Brown County
  • Cedarburg Compensation and Benefits Analysis
  • How to Improve Student Athlete Graduation Rates
  • Effective Citizen Engagement
  • Mental Health Shortage for the Youth Population
  • Library Usage
  • An iCHART Assessment of Rural Built Environment Features in Wautoma, WI
  • Milwaukee Countywide Fire Department Consolidation Assessment
  • Irregular Migration
  • Comprehensive Overview of West Bend Municipal Airport
  • Designing a Program for Qualifying Volunteer Opportunities to Build Meaningful Partnerships
  • Neighborhood Associations and Quality of Life


  • Understanding Sexual Harassment through the Framework of Accountability
  • The Effects of Nursing Navigation and Patient Education on Congestive Heart Failure Readmission Rates
  • Medical Environment Workplace Bullying
  • Let’s Talk: Communication as a Building Block for Effective Organizations
  • The Rising Costs of Prescriptive Drugs in the United States Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Ethical Dilemmas in Performance Assessment and Appraisal
  • AODA Halfway Houses and the Problem of Recidivism
  • Public Engagement in Wisconsin Counties
  • A Critical Assessment of Tax Incremental Financing in Wisconsin
  • The Importance of Small Systems Transportation
  • How Technology can Reduce Readmissions in Healthcare
  • Veterans in Higher Education: A Study of Graduation and Retention Rates
  • Property Tax Income, Efficient Land Use, and Design and Longevity in Development
  • A Study of Occupational Stress in WI Law Enforcement Officers: What Can Be Done to Improve Officer Wellness?
  • Providing “Science to the Art” – Metrics that Work and Motivate When Evaluating UWO Office of Advancement Fundraising Activity
  • Birth to 3 in Winnebago and Fond du Lac County
  • Employment Education Mismatch
  • An Exploration of Training Options for Newly Elected County Board Supervisors
  • Military Sexual Trauma and Access to Care
  • Satisfaction and Turnover Intention Among Portage County Health and Human Services Employees: Trends and Strategies to Recruit and Retain Top Talent
  • Improving Engagement: Analysis and Alternatives for ThedaCare Professional Services
  • Modifying Child Support Orders for Incarcerated Parents
  • The Case for Specialization and Accountability in United States Government
  • An Analysis of Observation and Restraint Placement Interest at the Wisconsin Resources Center 2009-16
  • Sheboygan Area Veterans Treatment Court and the Necessity of a Program Evaluation
  • Helping Wisconsin Veterans with Mental Health Issues
  • The County Administrator and Water Quality: Storm Water, Retention Ponds, Created Wetlands and Pervious Pavement
  • Research and Development at UW-Madison
  • An Exploration of Training Options for Newly Elected County Board Supervisors


  • The City of Milwaukee and the Concerns of Homicide
  • Use it or Lose It: A Comprehensive Analysis of the Role of Lieutenant Governors in the United States and the State of Wisconsin
  • Policy Analysis for Improving Integrated Employment
  • Outcomes for Wisconsinites with Disabilities
  • Reaching Maximum Compliance with Wisconsin’s Childhood Vaccination Requirements
  • Central Wisconsin Fire and EMS Services: An Analysis of Four Area Departments
  • What Should the Role of a Healthcare Coalition Look Like to be Successful?  A Qualitative Policy Analysis of What the Role of a Healthcare Coalition Should Be
  • Grand Chute Incorporation Question
  • Navigating a New Landscape: Potential for Utilizing Alternative Work Spaces
  • Revitalizing the City of Antigo’s Downtown
  • Treating Mental Illness in Wisconsin at the Community Level
  • Gun Violence and Mass Shootings in the United States
  • Generating Growth: A Review of Sports Facility Subsidies and Economic Impacts
  • UW Oshkosh MPA Employer Survey
  • Refugee Resettlement in Wisconsin
  • The Effects of Sleep Deprivation and Fatigue: Developing a Fatigue Risk Management System
  • Emotional Labor in Writing Centers: The Roles of Confidence and Experience
  • Contemporary Health Care Solutions: City of Lake Mills


  • Creating Leaders in the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Undergraduate Educational Process
  • Firefighter Physical Ability Testing for Potential Candidates: Selecting, Developing and Implementing an Appropriate Program
  • Decreasing Veteran Suicide by Increasing Access to Mental Health
  • The Wisconsin Nursing Shortage:  Are Their Efforts Enough?
  • Fox Valley Technical College – English Language Learning Program – Student Retention:  Challenges and Solutions
  • Developing a Merit-Based Compensation Policy for University Staff at the University of  Wisconsin – Oshkosh with Policy Alternatives and Recommendations
  • The Importance of Diversity in Community Policing: Better Recruitment of Minority Police Officers
  • Crumbling Infrastructure
  • The Simulation Learning Experience: Measuring a Cohort Over Time
  • Should Animals Be Allowed in Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facilities?
  • Analysis of the Sheboygan Intoxicated Driver Intervention Program
  • How Increasing the Community Development’s Staffing Levels can help bolster the Local Economy
  • Primary Factors in Turnover Among Professional Nurses
  • The Influence of Social Media on HIPAA Compliance
  • Oneida Nation of Wisconsin Transit Department: Effects of Adding a Fixed Route Service
  • Generational Gaps in the Workplace
  • How to Best Reduce Gun Violence Locally
  • Illegal Abortion in Negeria: The Cringing Reality
  • A Tribal Wide Data Collection System for the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
  • Alternatives for long-term care financing: Reducing Medicaid dependence for the middle class
  • An Assessment of University Students Binge Eating and Its Impact on Work and School Productivity


  • Three Waves Health Clinic and Wellness Center: A Case Study
  • An Employer’s Guide to Understanding Unemployment: The Adjudicator Perspective
  • Improving Access to My Healthevet Through Volunteer Aided My Healthevet Stations
  • Volunteer Orientation & Handbook: Aging and Disability Resource Center
  • Lean Six Sigma Works in Government: The File Repository OrGanization (FROG) Project
  • Strategic Planning in Government Agencies: An Analysis of the Unemployment Insurance Division’s Process
  • Public Pension Overhauls: How can an equitable outcome be achieved for both past and current retirees and taxpayers?
  • Fond du Lac County Leadership 2020 Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders: An Analysis of Succession Planning in Local Government
  • A Study to Examine the Implementation of an Emergency Medical Dispatch Fee for
  • Private Ambulance Companies that Serve the City of Milwaukee
  • Changing a Culture: Calumet County, #1 in the Nation for Adult Binge Drinking
  • Employee Satisfaction in Madison Veterans Hospital: The Effects of Budget Cuts on Employee Satisfaction
  • A Look at the Public Work Environment after Act 10 was Implemented
  • Anti-Money Laundering Training Program of Greater Fox Cities
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Higher Education and Police ManagementA Case Study of the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office
  • Areas of Electronic Medical Records Impacts in Nursing Practices: A Content Analysis
  • Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act and Its Impacts on Patient Dumping: A Literature Review


  • Wisconsin Technical College Districts: Should They Continue to Tax?
  • Fiscal Analysis: Capital Improvement and Economic Development Planning Winneconne, Wisconsin
  • Community-Based Solutions to Domestic Abuse Problems
  • Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program Compliance and Performance
  • The Effect of Trade Liberalization on Developing Countries
  • Can the Village of Suamico Survive an EAB Infestation?
  • City of Oshkosh: A Wellness Strategic Plan
  • Residence in Freshman-only Residence Halls and the Effect on Grade Point Average for Students at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
  • Physician Engagement in the Age of Accountable Care: Organizational Best Practices
  • Understanding Veteran Treatment Courts: Leave No Veteran Behind
  • Single-Stream Recycling Programs
  • Is the Easiest Recycling Program, Also the Best for the Community and the Environment?
  • The History of American Federalism and the Impact of Its Evolution on Intergovernmental Relations
  • History of Mandatory Arrest and its Impact on Domestic Violence on Wisconsin
  • University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Student Healthcare Survey
  • Transitioning from Quantity to Quality: Recommendations for the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles Dealer Inspection Process
  • Immigration Policy Conflict: Are International Students at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Threats to the Cultures and Values of the United States?
  • Lean Processes in Municipal Management
  • Private Sector Public Administrators
  • Enhancing the Relationship between the CEO and Board of Directors in a Nonprofit Organization: A Case Study of Lutheran Homes & Health Services
  • Collaboration as a Tool for Wisconsin: Law Enforcement to Address Crime 
  • Assisted Living Options for the Difficult: A Study on Available Services and Living Arrangements for Those Who Suffer from Challenging Behaviors and Alzheimer’s Disease


  • Wausau Metropolitan Cooperation, Collaboration and Consolidation 
  • An Analysis of the Positive and Negative Attributes Associated with TIF Usage in Wisconsin
  • Veteran Services in Wisconsin’s Public Colleges and Universities


  • Growth Strategies in Affinity Hospital-Provider Relations
  • Impact of Merging Emergency Operations Centers
  • Alternatives for Addressing Door County’s Budget Issues
  • An Analysis of Harassment Policies at the University of Wisconsin Whitewater
  • HealthCare Transparency’s Effect on Consumerism
  • Public Administration: Local Government and Decentralization in Haiti
  • Will Right-to-Work Legislation Reduce Wisconsin’s Job Loss?
  • Factors in Right of Way Litigation and Alternative Approaches to Reduce the Number of Appeals 
  • Re-employment Workshops: Do They Work?
  • Developing a Sound Methodology for Allocating W-2 Services Funding 


  • LGBT Discrimination in the Workplace: Practical Solutions for Public Managers
  • Proactive Cost Containment Options for Saving Taxpayer Dollars in Higher Education Institutional Operations
  • From Ugly Little Step Sister to Progressive & Equal Relative:  An Analysis of the Town of Menasha’s Age Old Problem of City Versus Town Disparity with Potential Solutions.
  • Green Lake County Nutrition Program: Best Practices for Operation
  • Taycheedah Correctional Institution: An Exploration of Alternatives for the Monarch Special Management Unit
  • Building a Stable Revenue Source for an Orphanage in Madagascar
  • Developing Best Practice Training Policies and Procedures for LSS’ Group Homes
  • Policy Alternatives and Recommendations for the Attorney General to Increase
  • Education and Communication to the Public as it relates to Internet Crimes against Children in Wisconsin
  • Single- Versus Dual-Stream Recycling Volume: Does One Bin Really Make a Significant Difference?
  • Municipal Government 2.0: Lessons from Early Adopters
  • Oneida Nation: Climate Change Adaptation for Our Community
  • The Role of Interpersonal, Mass Media, and Internet Communication on Changes in Self-Reported Health Behavior Skills


  • Alternatives for Addressing Door County’s Budget Issues: A Look at Employee Relationship and Cost Issues
  • An Analysis of Harassment Policies at the University of Wisconsin: Whitewater Recommendations for Chancellor Richard Telfer
  • HealthCare Transparency’s Effect on Consumerism: A Study of Whether or Not Consumers Buy Health Care Based on Value and the Impact on One Organization’s Strategy.
  • Will Right-to-Work Legislation Reduce Wisconsin’s Job Loss?
  • Factors in Right of Way Litigation and Alternative Approaches to Reduce the Number of Appeals 
  • Developing a Sound Methodology for Allocating W-2 Services Funding
  • Harmony Café Policy & Program Analysis: Safeguarding Youth & the Program: Policy and Structure Development
  • Secondary Traumatic Stress: Addressing the Needs of Child Welfare Workers at the Adams County Health and Human Services Department
  • Should the Village of Redgranite Dance with the Waushara County Sheriff’s Department: An Analysis of Contracting for Village Police Services


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