Jocelyn Milner

Position title: Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, and Director, Academic Planning and Institutional Research


Studio potrait of Jocelyn L. Milner, director of the Office of Academic Planning and Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison


Academic Planning and Institutional Research

Areas of Responsibility

As vice provost for academic affairs and director of Academic Planning and Institutional Research (APIR), Milner oversees the office’s primary responsibilities, which include:

  • Supporting 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.
  • Preparing comparative analyses of UW-Madison to peer institutions as a context for planning.
  • Responding to internal and external requests for analytic information about UW-Madison’s academic people, programs, structures, and curriculum.
  • Facilitating the flow of information regarding academic-related governance processes among the Office of the Provost, UW System Administration and Board of Regents, and UW-Madison administrative offices, including all actions that pass through the University Academic Planning Council and the University Curriculum Committee.
  • Migrating the academic governance processes to a digital environment, and representation of accurate academic information in the Guide (
  • Providing leadership to development of a business intelligence and data management infrastructure, including delivery of data and reports through the Tableau Server and OBIEE/BI Publisher.
  • Directing the 2019 HLC accreditation review.


Jocelyn Milner joined APIR as an analyst in 1999, and became director in 2003 and vice provost of academic affairs in 2016. She received her B.S. in biological sciences and Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Guelph (Canada), did a post-doc in UW-Madison’s Department of Chemistry, was research scientist and instructor in the Department of Plant Pathology. In 1996 she moved to academic administration. See full professional profile on LinkedIn.