About Us

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

–Supports strategic, academic, and budgetary planning and decision making through analytics, including the presentation, and distribution of relevant and timely information, policy analyses, peer comparisons, and projections of future trends.
–Prepares comparative analyses of UW-Madison to peer institutions as a context for planning and decision-making, policy development, and review
–Responds to internal and external requests for analytic information about UW-Madison’s academic people, programs, structures, and curriculum.
–Coordinates the governance activity of the University Academic Planning Council (UAPC) and the University Curriculum Committee (UCC), which together touch every course, curricular and program proposal (new and change proposals), and oversee program review and academic policy development.
–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.
–Build relationships with external organizations, agencies and vendors to expand the data resources available to the University.

APIR Staff

Jocelyn Milner
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs; Director of Academic Planning and Institutional Research;
608 263-5658
(Preferred contact is via email, jocelyn.milner@wisc.edu)

Jocelyn was appointed as director of APIR in 2003,  Associate Provost in 2008, 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); she served as a member of the AAUDE Council from 2012 to 2015 and as Council chair in 2013-14.  She is UW-Madison’s leader for the APLU Powered by Publics project and a member of the APLU Powered by Publics Data Advisory Team.

Jocelyn is UW-Madison’s accreditation liaison officer to the Higher Learning Commission and served as director of the UW-Madison 2019 Accreditation Project.

For Jocelyn’s professional profile see:  http://www.linkedin.com/in/jocelynmilner

Margaret Harrigan
Distinguished Policy and Planning Analyst
608 263-7141
Primary topic areas:

  • Faculty and staff issues, including pay equity, employment trends over time, 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
Associate Director
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
  • Enrollment modeling
  • 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)

Allison La Tarte
Associate Director
608 890-4701
Primary topic areas:

  • Leadership for institutional research activities
  • Accountability reporting
  • Academic Analytics
  • Faculty recruiting and new hires; faculty retention and outside offers
  • Academic Analytics and faculty scholarly activities
  • AAUP faculty salaries
  • Department Planning Profiles
  • Comparisons of graduate assistant stipends

Sara Lazenby
Senior Policy and Planning Analyst
608 263-5945
Primary topic areas:

  • Degree and certificate trends
  • Time-to-degree
  • 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
Associate Director
608 262-2143
Primary topic areas:

  • Leader for Lumen Systems – Lumen Programs, Lumen Courses, Lumen Structures
  • Course Approval Process
  • Support on academic planning and academic policy

Melissa Schultz
Associate Academic Planner

  • Academic Structure
  • Lumen Courses and Lumen Programs
  • Academic program curricular changes and Guide interaction
  • Support for University Curriculum Committee
  • Back up support for University Academic Planning Council

Former APIR Colleagues

Nicole Wiessinger – Information School, UW-Madison
Sarah KubaBiology Major Program Manager, UW-Madison
McKinney Austin – Associate Director of the Office of Data Management and Analytic Services, UW-Madison
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