University of Wisconsin–Madison

Instruction and Curricular Analysis

APIR, in addition to the Office of the Registrar, provides official analyses and reports related to instruction and the curriculum.

Variables include credits and student credit hours, sections, and courses as they relate to course subjects, departments, faculty and instructors, enrollments, and student characteristics.  Analysis of grades and grade trends are also under the umbrella of instructional and curricular analytics.

Credit Analysis Overview

Analyses by credits include the following general categories:

1.  The Credits Follow the Department report, which attributes credits to s department based on the department’s “ownership” of a curricular subject in which a course is offered.

2.  The Credits Follow the Instructor report, which attributes credits to the department paying the salary of the instructor of record for a course.

3. A range of other reports that include credits per department, credits per instructor FTE and trend data. Student Credit Hours, Student Level (10 year trend), page 51 of the Data Digest

  • Student Credit Hours, by School/College (10 year trend), page 94-96 of the Data Digest
  • Comparison of Student Credit Hours by School/College for Credits by Department and Credits follow Instructor methods, page 98 of the Data Digest

Section Analysis

Analysis of instructional activity for departments by section counts provides another perspective on the curriculum.

  • Average Course Sections per Instructor, page 55-57 of the Data Digest
  • Average Undergraduate Section Size (Enrollment), page 58 of the Data Digest

Compilations of Instructional Activity, by Department

Additional reports that provide profiles of instructional activity by department, that include faculty counts, enrollments, and other dimensions analysis are under development.

See also the Department Planning Profiles.