University of Wisconsin–Madison

6.52. University Academic Planning Council

A.    MEMBERSHIP. The University Academic Planning Council shall consist of the following members:

1.    The chancellor.
2.    The provost, who shall chair the council.
3.    The dean of the Graduate School.
4.    One administrative member selected by the provost.
5.    One member selected by the University Committee from among its current members.
6.    One member selected by the Academic Staff Executive Committee from among its current members.
7.    One member selected by the Classified Staff Executive Committee from among its current members.
8.    Four faculty members, one from each faculty division, selected by the divisional executive committee from departmental nominees after consultation with the Committee on Committees.
For each division making an appointment, the executive committee of each department with membership in that division may nominate one faculty member or second the nomination of a faculty member nominated by another department.
9.    Two faculty members selected by the University Committee from school and college nominees in even-numbered years. For each vacancy to be filled by the University Committee, the academic planning council of each school or college may nominate one faculty member or second the nomination of a faculty member nominated by another school or college.
10.    Two faculty members selected by the University Committee from school and college nominees in odd-numbered years to serve jointly on the University Academic Planning Council and the Campus Planning Committee. For each vacancy to be filled by the University Committee, the academic planning council of each school or college may nominate one faculty member or second the nomination of a faculty member nominated by another school or college.
11.    One student member, nonvoting.
12.    The faculty members selected under A.9., A.10., and A.11. above shall serve four-year terms, which shall be staggered.

B.    FUNCTIONS.

1.    Advises the chancellor and provost on major program decisions, long-term academic plans, and associated campus development and budgetary policies.
2.    Addresses university academic issues and provides for faculty participation in long-range planning, and as such
a.    Oversees the long-range planning process for the academic programs of the university.
b.    Reviews progress on and initiates selective updates of the recommendations of major planning exercises and documents.
c.    Identifies and initiates studies of academic issues crossing school and college lines.
3.    Assures that appropriate review and consideration is given to requests for new programs; the implementation of proposals for new majors, degrees, degree name changes, departments, schools, or colleges; recommendations concerning the establishment or discontinuation of departments; and academic program evaluation. (See 5.01.A.)  As part of this function it
a.    Assumes responsibility for review and approval of programs as required by statute.
b.    Following the appropriate college, school, or divisional actions, reviews and approves the    titles of degrees.
c.     Oversees and updates program review procedures, procedures for the evaluation and approval of new program proposals, and the university’s overall assessment strategy.
d.    Assigns the responsibility for reviews of existing programs and new program proposals to the appropriate school, college, or divisional academic planning council.
4.    Advises the Campus Planning Committee on the impact of academic priorities on the campus physical development plans.

C.    STRUCTURE. The council shall, within six months of its establishment in accord with section A, inform the University Committee and senate of the structure and mechanisms it has established to provide for the functions specified in section B. The council may create subcommittees as needed. Subcommittees must have a faculty majority and may include members who are not members of the council. The University Committee and senate shall be informed of any changes in the structure of the council or the mechanisms it establishes.