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Strategic Plan

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Center for Health Administration and Aging Services Excellence (CHAASE) was established in 2000 to serve the ever-changing health care needs of the upper Midwest. CHAASE supports the UW-Eau Claire health care administration program through financial and programming assistance.


To be a bridge connecting our premier academic programs to practitioners, and serve as a conduit to advance a national presence in the field of health administration and aging services.


Providing guidance and support of the education of tomorrow’s leaders in the health administration and aging services field.


Goals for 2011-12 encompass four broad areas: Quality, Growth, National Influence, and Fund Development.

Establish a Combined Quality Index Baseline score for the Health Care Administration program
This new approach is being led by Dr. Johs and could have exciting national possibilities for NAB accredited universities. We have begun to lay the groundwork with our research focused on academic program excellence, and examining professional licensure approaches across the country.

Grow undergraduate program and begin two sections of undergraduate courses by 2011
We have been experiencing steady growth of students in the Health Care Administration program and are close to meeting our goals. Over the past decade we have nearly tripled our enrollment in this important program.  

National Influence
Establish an approach to focus our activities on the most influential areas
We are at a critical strategic period for the Center with a great opportunity in front of us to begin to claim a place as a national resource for this field. Dr. Olson and a board subcommittee have been charged with providing an overall framework for continuing to advance this goal.

Fund Development
Develop a compelling case statement and launch a development campaign

We have been making progress with this effort over the past year, and are working to raise over $200,000 for operating expenses and funding a $500,000 endowment. Gifts will be used to support people, programs and places that will enhance our Center and program goals. These efforts including expanding scholarships, funding student and faculty participation in professional meetings, and supporting both current and new CHAASE initiatives for students.

Recent Accomplishments

With the support provided by the university and the College of Business, and by friends and supporters through CHAASE, we are able to continue to make great progress for our program and the field.

  • During this past year, UW-Eau Claire health care administration students were involved in research funded by the Commonwealth Fund and the NAB Foundation exploring field experience for LTC administration programs and examining licensure standards across the country. Rebecca Brunz a junior from Madison Lake, MN and Alicia Albert, a senior from Woodbury, MN, worked with Dr. Douglas Olson and Dr. Jennifer Johs-Artisensi to examine and enhance the field experience practice of LTC administrators. Kendall Krouse, a sophomore from Cadott, WI, is helping Dr. Olson and Dr. Johs-Artisensi, along with a team of researchers continue their efforts to explore national licensing standards across the county. Support for these fellowships comes from the Commonwealth Fund, NAB Foundation, UW-Eau Claire Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and CHAASE.

  • In 2011, two UW-Eau Claire health care administration students were selected to receive ACHCA academy fellowships. Emily Rickman, a junior from Marshfield, Wis., is coordinating the student poster session for the 2012 ACHCA National Convocation. Liza Holle, a junior from Waukesha, WI, is helping Dr. Douglas Olson continue his efforts with ACHCA to launch a national mentoring program. Support for these fellowships comes from the UW-Eau Claire Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, CHAASE, and the American College of Health Care Administrators.

  • Our students had increased access to health care professionals via participation in webinars, on campus forums, classroom presentations, and other student development opportunities. For example, CHAASE hosted a health care forum focused on the "Value of Mentoring" in October 2011. Panelists included Marianna Grachek, CEO of the American College of Health Care Administrators, Keith Knapp, Executive Director of Christian Care Retirement Communities, David Mills VP of Operations, Golden Living and Randy Snyder, Executive Director, Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators.

  • Our program and students have developed and provided feedback based on their use of innovative pedagogical practices, including the Top Gun Simulation and vLeader educational programs made possible by partnerships with Vigilan and Golden Living.

  • Our faculty and students have provided leadership for the Annual National Applied Student Poster Session, which will be held May 5-6, 2012 at the American College of Health Care Administrators Spring Convocation in Nashville, Tennessee.

  • CHAASE members successful petitioned our affiliated practicum sites to increase the annual stipend for UW-Eau Claire students from $12,000 to $18,000. This continues to be an important component of our practicum educational experience, and was especially helpful during a challenging economic climate.

  • Our faculty and alumni will participate in the National Emerging Leadership Summit, which will be held June 12-14, 2012 at George Washington University.  

  • UW-Eau Claire health care administration faculty held leadership roles within ACHCA, NAB and AHCA, which resulted in numerous opportunities for the Center and the program. This are also helping us position the Center to establish ourselves as a "national academic resource" for long-term and chronic care administration.

Excellence. Our Measure. Our Motto. Our Goal.