University of Wisconsin–Madison

About Us

Academic Planning and Institutional Research (APIR) is a unit of the Office of The Provost

-Supports strategic, academic, and budgetary planning and decision making through analytics, including the presentation, and distribution of relevant and timely information, policy analyses, and projections of future trends.
-Prepares comparative analyses of UW-Madison to peer institutions as a context for planning.
-Responds to internal and external requests for analytic information about UW-Madison’s academic people, programs, structures, and curriculum.
-Facilitates the flow of information regarding academic-related governance processes among the Provost’s Office, UW System Administration and Board of Regents, and UW-Madison administrative offices; supports the University Curriculum Committee and University Academic Planning Council.
-Provides leadership to the UW-Madison business intelligence efforts, including the Tableau Server project.

Open position(s)

Policy and planning analyst (application deadline May 11 2018)
We are searching for a policy and planning analyst at the associate, no prefix, or senior level.  Interviews are underway for this position.  The new analyst’s portfolio will include the Data Digest and certain accountability reporting.  Otherwise, complexity of duties and details of assignments will depend on rank and experience and will be discussed during the interview process.  We are excited to have a new colleague join our team!  (pdf of PVL 95154)

Academic Planner – the position is now posted, Aug 1 2018 application deadline.
We are launching a search for an academic planner who will work with course, curriculum, and academic planning.  This person will support the work of the University Curriculum Committee, the University Academic Planning Council, and the Lumen Courses and Lumen Programs systems.   (pdf of PVL 95210)

APIR Staff

Jocelyn Milner — Director and Vice Provost, 608 263-5658.
(Preferred contact is via email, )

Jocelyn was appointed as director of APIR in 2003 and Vice Provost of Academic Affairs in 2016. She reports to the provost and oversees the work of APIR. Contact her for matters related to academic planning and program review, academic policy as it pertains to the University Academic Planning Council, and data management and analytics for campus.

Jocelyn is the UW-Madison’s primary rep to the AAU Data Exchange (AAUDE) and the university’s liaison to the Higher Learning Commission and serves as a peer reviewer for the HLC. She served as a member of the AAUDE Council from 2012 to 2015 and as Council chair in 2013-14.

For Jocelyn’s professional profile see:

McKinney Austin — Policy and Planning Analyst, 608 265-4936. Primary topic areas:
Accountability reporting
Preparation of the Data Digest and Fast Facts publications
Credits Follow the Instructor (CFI) data system and related reporting and analysis
Course outcome and grade trend analysis
Undergraduate participation in Wisconsin Experience activities.
Support for Educational Innovation academic projects

Margaret Harrigan — Distinguished Policy and Planning Analyst, 608 263-7141. Primary topic areas:
Faculty and staff issues, including pay equity, employment trends over time, recruitment and retention issues, faculty compression-equity and post-promotion review, and tenure data
Undergraduate student surveys including the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
Working with the Human Resources System EPM Advisory Team to improve data access and reliability in the HRS data warehouse
Committee participation: Committee on Women in the University; Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI)

Clare Huhn — Distinguished Policy and Planning Analyst, 608 265-9276. Primary topic areas:
Undergraduate admissions and admission-related analyses such as access and the enrollment pipeline
Financial aid trends
Course achievement gaps and undergraduate course success, including academic advising
Retention and graduation patterns/rates
Enrollment modeling
Budget reallocation project, budget models
Credits Follow the Instructor (CFI) data system and related reporting and analyses
Liaison to UW System Administration for data-related issues (CDR Liaison for UW-Madison)
Coordinating the activities of the Data Integrity Group (DIG), an advisory group to the InfoAccess data warehouse
Committee participation: Information Technology Committee (ITC); Undergraduate General Education Committee (UGEC); Crossroads; Undergraduate Recruitment, Admission, and Financial Aid (CURAFA)

Sarah Kuba — Associate Academic Planner, 608 265-5079. Primary topic areas:
State authorization for distance education
Certificate programs
Support the University Academic Planning Council (UAPC)

Allison La Tarte — Senior Policy and Planning Analyst, 608 890-4701. Primary topic areas:
Accountability reporting
Academic Analytics
Faculty recruiting and new hires; faculty retention and outside offers
AAUP faculty salaries
Department Planning Profiles

Sara Lazenby — Senior Policy and Planning Analyst, 608 263-5945. Primary topic areas:
Degree and certificate trends
Comparisons of administrative salary peer data
Coordinating the First Destination Survey
Maintaining the Academic Plan Attributes and Academic Subplan Attributes data views in the InfoAccess data warehouse
Primary contact for data submission to publishers guides and rankings surveys
Committee participation: Campus Diversity and Climate Committee (CDCC), Career Services Executive Council, Career Services Data and Assessment Team, Career Services Internship Working Group

Michelle Young — Academic Planner, 608 262-2143. Primary topic areas:
Course Approval Process
Support on academic planning and academic policy

Retired APIR Colleagues

Martha Casey — Emerita Assistant Vice Chancellor – View Martha’s Bio and Vitae

Bruce Beck — Senior Policy and Planning Analyst (Emeritus) – View Bruce’s retirement notice