Almost all academic program planning work at UW-Madison is guided by policy. These policies include institutional policy, as well as policies from the University of Wisconsin System, the Higher Learning Commission accrediting body, the Wisconsin State Legislature, and the U.S. Department of Education.

UW-Madison Policy Library

All official university policy related to academic program planning is included in the UW-Madison Policy Library. The Policy Library is the single, up-to-date resource for all university-level policies. You can browse all policies related to the university academic endeavors.

UW System

The Board of Regents and the President of the UW System are responsible for all actions related to academic degree program planning, delivery, approval, and review as codified in Chapter 36 of the Wisconsin Statutes. The key resource for program planning policy is UW System Administrative Policy 102 (SYS 102) Policy on University of Wisconsin System Array Management: Program Planning, Delivery, Review, and Reporting.

Higher Learning Commission

The University of Wisconsin–Madison has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1913. In order to maintain accreditation, the university must continue to comply with HLC policies, which range from requirements related to educational programs to financial capacity to learning resources.