Academic Planning Council

The Academic Planning Council (APC) is one of the School of Education’s two major standing committees that monitor and oversee program planning and development within the School and between departments; the other committee is the Programs Committee.

All new undergraduate and graduate program proposals, program revisions, and new or revised courses originate within program areas and/or departments and must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate departmental committees before being brought to the appropriate committee of the School of Education.

The APC has the responsibility, as mandated by Section 3.08 of the Faculty Policies and Procedures, for advising the dean on departmental requests for approval to plan new programs and degrees. Membership of the council is composed of one faculty member elected by each department; two academic staff members elected by academic staff in the School of Education; the dean; and a member ex-officio, who serves as chair. The primary criteria used by this committee when reviewing departmental requests are the allocation of resources, the appropriateness of the proposal within the context of the mission of the department and School, and the long-range implications of the program.

Following approval by the Academic Planning Council and the dean, the departmental request is forwarded to the provost for review by the appropriate individuals and committees (University Academic Planning Council, Graduate Faculty Executive Committee) at the campus level. If approved, the request to plan is then forwarded to the Office of Academic Affairs, University of Wisconsin System. (The highest level of approval required for new centers, certificates, submajors, and similar entities is the University Academic Planning Council.) Departments do not proceed to develop a new major or degree until UW System approval to plan has been received.

The council is also responsible for the periodic review of existing programs at all levels, as mandated by the Board of Regents. Sample guidelines for a program review have been developed by the University Academic Planning Council. However, departments may have a unique situation or set of circumstances that are better served by an idiosyncratic program review.

In these cases, departments establish their own criteria and method of inquiry and define the manner in which the report will be submitted to the School’s Academic Planning Council. These individualized program reviews must be approved by the School’s council before the department embarks upon its self-study. The program reviews may result in suggestions to departments for program or course changes; in addition, the council will be interested in enrollment trends, long-range implications of the program, faculty/student ratios, costs per credit, allocation of departmental resources, and other indicators of program quality and effectiveness.

Roster for the 2022–2023 Academic Year

  • Diana Hess (Dean)
  • Adam Nelson
    (Dean’s Office)
  • Derrick Buisch (Art)
  • Steve Quintana
    (Counseling Psychology)
  • Jeremy Stoddard
    (Curriculum and Instruction)
  • Andrea Harris
    (Dance)
  • Pete Miller
    (Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis)
  • Simone Schweber
    (Educational Policy Studies)
  • Steve Kilgus
    (Educational Psychology)
  • Bill Schrage (Kinesiology)
  • Jina Chun
    (Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education)
  • Colleen Conroy
    (Theatre and Drama)
  • Sarah Schaefer (Academic Staff, Service Unit)
  • TBD
    (Academic Staff, Arts)
  • Kelly Hayek (Academic Staff, Education)
  • Stephanie Trigsted (Academic Staff, Health)

Ex Officio Members:

  • Christina Klawitter (SoE Student Services)
  • Marianne Spoon (Communications & Advancement)
  • Barb Gerloff (SoE Student Services)
  • Sara Alva Lizarraga (Dean’s Office)

2022-2023 academic year

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May 17

April 19

March 22

February 15

January 18

December 14

November 16

November 2022 APC Agenda

A. Consent Agenda

a. October 2022 Meeting Minutes

B. Items for Action or Discussion

a. New Program Proposal: World Language Education

b. Discontinuation Proposal: Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence/Content-focused Minor

c. Discontinuation Proposal: Early Childhood/English as a Second Language

d. Discontinuation Proposal: Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence/English as a Second Language

e. Discontinuation Proposal: Communication Sciences and Disorders

f. New Program Proposal: MS Data, Insights, and Analytics

g. EdX Update

h. Discussion: Administrative Changes to academic standing for summer term

October 19

September 21

September 2022 APC Agenda

A. Consent Agenda

a. May 2022 Minutes

B. Items for Action or Discussion

a. SoE Grievance Policy and Timeline Analysis

b. One-Year Contracts for Tenure-Track Faculty in years 4, 5, and 6

c. Letter of Support for WSB Notice of Intent: MS in Business – Data, Insights and Analytics and Notice of Intent

2021-2022 academic year

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May 18

April 20

This meeting has been cancelled. Please contact the SoE Dean’s Office with any questions.

March 9

March 2022 APC Agenda

A. Consent Agenda

a. February 2022 Minutes

B. Items for Action or Discussion

a. Scholar Record Presentation

b. Academic Staff Representation on SoE APC

c. Teaching Professor Guidelines

d. Rehabilitation Psychology BS program review (self-study, attachment 1, attachment 2, and review committee report)

e. Discontinuation Proposal: MFA 971EDU: Theatre and Drama

February 16

February 2022 APC Agenda

A. Consent Agenda

a. January 2022 Minutes

B. Items for Action or Discussion

a. Updated Teaching Professor Guidelines

b. Academic Staff Representation on SoE APC

c. Program Change Proposal: KNS 768 Kinesiology

d. Suspension and Discontinuation Proposal: EMS: Exercise & Movement Science

e. Program Change Proposal: MS 768EDU: Kinesiology

f. New Program Proposal: Applied Exercise Science

g. New Program Proposal: Motor Control and Behavior

h. New Program Proposal: Biomechanics

i. New Program Proposal: Exercise Psychology

j. New Program Proposal: Physical Activity Epidemiology

k. New Program Proposal: Exercise Physiology

l. New Program Proposal: Occupational Science

m. Program Change Proposal: PHD 768EDU: Kinesiology

n. New Program Proposal: Physical Activity Epidemiology

o. New Program Proposal: Exercise Physiology

p. New Program Proposal: Exercise Psychology

q. New Program Proposal: Occupational Science

r. New Program Proposal: Biomechanics

s. New Program Proposal: Motor Control and Behavior

January 19

January 2022 APC Agenda

Zoom Meeting

A. Consent Agenda

a. December 2021 Minutes

B. Items for Action or Discussion

a. L&S Request for Support: New Program Proposal: MS – Data Engineering

b. L&S Request for Support: New Program Proposal: MS – Data Science

December 15

December 2021 APC Agenda

A. Consent Agenda

a. November 2021 Minutes

b. Suspension and Discontinuation Proposal: GMIN864: Rehabilitation Counselor Education

c. Suspension and Discontinuation Proposal: GMIN101: Special Education

B. Items for Action or Discussion

a. New Program Proposal: Certificate in Social Justice and Education

b. Discontinuation Proposal: MS 720EDU: Occupational Therapy

c. Program Change Proposal: OTD 720EDU: Occupational Therapy

i. Suspension and Discontinuation Proposal: 720OTDPSTP: Post-Professional

d. Program Change Proposal: MS 283EDU: Educational Psychology

i. Suspension and Discontinuation Proposal: 283MSESSP: Educational Specialist in School Psychology

e. L&S NOI: MS – Data Engineering

November 17

November 2021 APC Agenda

A. Consent Agenda

a. October 2021 Minutes

B. Items for Action or Discussion

a. New Program Proposal: Certificate in Preparing to Teach Abroad

b. New Program Proposal: Capstone Certificate in Spanish-English Bilingual-Bicultural Education

c. L&S New Program Proposal: Statistics: Applied Statistics, MS

October 20

September 15

September 2021 APC Agenda

A. Consent Agenda

a. May 2021 Minutes

b. 2021-22 APC Policies and Procedures

c. Fast track proposal: MS in School Psychology

d. Fast track proposal: PhD in School Psychology

B. Items for Action or Discussion

a. School Psychology

i. New Program Proposal: MS in School Psychology

ii. New Program Proposal: PhD in School Psychology

b. New Program Proposal: Wisconsin Idea Principal Preparation

c. New Program Proposal: Certificate in International Development and Education

d. New Program Proposal: Certificate in Global Cultures, Languages, and Education

e. Program Change Proposal: MA 279EDU Educational Policy Studies

i. New Program Proposal: Educational Policy Studies

ii. New Program Proposal: Research and Evaluation for Equity

f. Response to UCC cross-listed courses report (Addenda 1, 2,and 3 )

2020-2021 academic year

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May 19

April 21

April 2021 APC Agenda

Consent Agenda

a. March 2021 Minutes

Items for Action or Discussion

a. Madison College Transfer Agreement

b. L&S Notice of Intent: BA/BS in Chican@ and Latin@ Studies (For information/discussion)

c. L&S Board of Regents Authorization Document: Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Applied Social Science (For information/discussion)

March 17

February 17

January 20

This meeting has been cancelled. Please contact the Dean’s Office with questions.

December 9

December APC Agenda:

Consent Agenda

a. November 2020 Minutes

Items for Action or Discussion

a. The APC will discuss the review mandated by Faculty Policies and Procedures 3.08:

“At intervals which shall not exceed five years, the elected faculty members of each council shall review its structure and functions to assess its effectiveness as a faculty voice and its compliance with Faculty Policies and Procedures 3.08. The self-study report shall be submitted to the dean, the faculty of the school or college, and to the University Committee.”

i. 2020 SoE APC Policies and Procedures

ii. 2016 SoE APC Self-Study Report

iii. 2016 L&S APC Self-Study Report

b. Plans for January APC meeting

Zoom Link to Online Meeting

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November 18

October 21

September 16

This meeting has been cancelled. Please contact the Dean’s Office with questions.

2019–2020 academic year

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May 20

Agenda (Open Session)

Agenda (Closed Session)

APC Minutes 041520

Notes (Open Session)

Notes (Closed Session)

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April 15

March 25

Meeting cancelled.

February 19

January 15

Meeting cancelled.

December 18

Meeting cancelled.

November 13

October 16

Consent Agenda:​

Items for Action or Discussion:

  • Notice of Intent of Intent — Education Specialist Degree — School Psychology
  • Pilates Certificate Program Review
  • UW-Madison Academic Program Governance Approval Process & Timeline

September 25

2018–2019 academic year

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May 15

April 17

February 27

Consent Agenda ​

Business Agenda 

January 16

Consent Agenda ​

Business Agenda 

December 19

November 21

Consent Agenda

  • Approval of May and October minutes
  • Approval of the Agenda 

Items for Action or Discussion

October 17

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