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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.

APIR Staff

Jocelyn Milner -- Director and Vice Provost, 608 263-5658. 
(Preferred contact is via email, jocelyn.milner@wisc.edu )

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:  http://www.linkedin.com/in/jocelynmilner

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
  • 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 -- 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 Post-Graduation Plans questionnaire
  • 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)

Michelle Young -- Academic Planner, 608 262-2143. Primary topic areas:

  • Course Approval Process
  • Support on academic planning and academic policy


Former APIR Staff

    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

    Tynan Heller -- Former associate policy and planning analyst (April 2012-September 2013).  Tynan resigned to take another position.

    Jennifer Martin -- Special Projects Coordinator (June - December 2013). Jennifer coordinated the implementation of the Certificate Policy Guidelines, approved by the UAPC in the spring of 2012.