About Academic Planning
Academic Planning is part of Data, Academic Planning & Institutional Research (DAPIR), in the Office of the Provost. Academic Planning provides guidance and oversight for a variety of academic administrative functions, including academic program and course planning, program review, university accreditation, academic policy, and more.
Academic Planning is one area of Data, Academic Planning & Institutional Research. Information about Institutional Research and Decision Support, Data Governance, and Enterprise Data Management is available on our office's main website.
The academic structure and its elements are the building blocks for an academic institution, from the institution itself down to degrees. Components of the structure include academic careers, academic divisions (schools and colleges), academic units (departments), awards (degrees, plans, subplans, etc.), and course subject listings.
The University of Wisconsin–Madison has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1913. In addition, a variety of academic programs on campus, ranging from business to engineering to nursing, feature specialized accreditation as an indication of program quality and accountability.
Program planning involves the work of planning for, implementing, and maintaining quality academic programs within the university's program array. Academic programs include degree/majors, named options, certificate programs, honors programs, and minors.
Course planning consists of regular review, creation, revisions, and deactivation of courses, subjects, and items that support awarding of credit, such as third-party exams, credit by departmental examinations, and departmental placement tests.
Program review provides a valuable and periodic opportunity to assess each academic program’s quality and effectiveness, stimulate planning and continuous improvement, and encourage strategic development. All academic programs are reviewed at least once every ten years.