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 the office of Academic Planning and Institutional Research (APIR). Contact Jocelyn for matters related to academic planning and program review, academic policy as it pertains to the University Academic Planning Council (UAPC), and data management and analytics for campus.

Jocelyn leads a number of projects including the Progress to Degree Working Group, UW-Madison’s participation in the APLU Powered by Publics project, and the UW-Madison Math Initiative team.  She served as a member of the APLU Powered by Publics Data Advisory Team and is a member of APLU-CIMA.  She served as a member of the AAUDE Council 2012-15 and as Council chair in 2013-14.

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 more information, refer to Jocelyn’s LinkedIn profile.

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

  • Leadership for institutional research activities
  • Accountability reporting
  • Faculty recruiting and new hires; faculty retention and outside offers
  • Academic Analytics and faculty scholarly activities
  • Faculty salary comparisons
  • Comparisons of administrative salary peer data
  • Department Planning Profiles
  • Graduate assistant stipends comparisons

Clare Huhn
Associate Director
608 265-9276
Primary topic areas:

  • Undergraduate retention and graduation rates
  • Undergraduate time-to-degree
  • Undergraduate admissions and admission-related analyses, including access and the enrollment pipeline
  • Financial aid reporting
  • Analysis of participation in Wisconsin Experience activities for bachelor’s degree recipients
  • Course achievement gaps and undergraduate course success, including academic advising
  • Enrollment modeling and enrollment projections
  • Budget and tuition allocation 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)
  • Committee participation: Undergraduate General Education Committee (UGEC); Crossroads; Undergraduate Recruitment, Admission, and Financial Aid (CURAFA)

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

  • Degree and certificate trends
  • Time-to-degree
  • 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 (i.e., Lumen Programs, Lumen Courses, Lumen Structures)
  • Course approval process
  • Support on academic planning and academic policy

Melissa Schultz
Associate Academic Planner
608 890-0304
Primary topic areas:

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

Karen Mittelstadt
Academic Planner
608 265-5079
Primary topic areas:

  • Support for University Academic Planning Council (UAPC)
  • Academic program proposals and related policy
  • Program review

Scott Wildman
Policy and Planning Analyst
608 265-4936
Primary topic areas:

  • Faculty and staff analyses
  • Faculty life cycle

Matthew Mayeshiba
Policy and Planning Analyst
608 263-7141

Primary topic areas:

  • Data Digest
  • Accountability Report


Former APIR Colleagues:

Margaret Harrigan – Emerita Distinguished Policy and Planning Analyst
Nicole Wiessinger – Associate Director, The Information School, UW-Madison
Sarah Kuba – Program Manager, Biology Major, UW-Madison
McKinney Austin – Associate Director, Office of Data Management and Analytic Services, UW-Madison
Martha Casey – Emerita Assistant Vice Chancellor (view Martha’s Bio and Vitae)
Bruce Beck – Emeritus Senior Policy and Planning Analyst (view Bruce’s retirement notice)