Jocelyn Milner


Vice Provost and Director
Academic Planning and Institutional Research

150 Bascom Hall
500 Lincoln Drive
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 263-5658

Academic Planning and Institutional Research, a sub-unit of the Office of the Provost, has the following roles:
- facilitates academic planning activities, which include the approval of new academic programs (majors, degrees, certificates), academic structures (departments, centers, institutes), and courses. APIR assists members of the university community with other changes to the program array—name changes, restructuring, and discontinuations. APIR coordinates the program review process, supports academic program assessment, institutional accreditation, and provides support and advice on various issues related to academic policy.
-serves as the institutional research office with an emphasis on analytics related to the student experience, faculty and instructional academic staff, and the intersection between metrics and resources that collectively support academic and budgetary decisions.
-supports data management, data systems, and data governance through partnership with the Chief Data Officer and the CIO.

Some of the regular products of APIR include the Data Digest, the Department Planning Profiles, the Credits-Follow-Instructor report, faculty salary reports, undergraduate admissions analyses, and degree trend analyses. 


Jocelyn Milner joined APIR in 1999 as an academic planner, became director in 2003, and was appointed to the additional role of vice provost for academic affairs in 2016.  She received her B.S. in biological sciences and Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Guelph (Canada).  She was a post-doctoral fellow at UW-Madison in the departments of Chemistry and in Plant Pathology, and then moved into academic administration.  She has a special interest in policies, practices, and analytics that impact the program array, assessment of student learning, and institutional accountability systems.