A-basisSalary rate computed on a twelve-month, annual basis.
AAPAcademic Advancement Program. This program has been superseded by the Center for Academic Excellence http://cae.ls.wisc.edu/
Academic StaffAcademic Staff: a professional and administrative employee whose duties are exempt from the overtime provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and who performs work that is primarily associated with a higher education institution or its administration.
Acronym UnscramblerUW-Madison Business Services list of acronyms often used in business processes: http://www.bussvc.wisc.edu/acronym/acronym.html
ADAAmericans with Disabilities Act. See also: http://www.ada.gov/
AG (Administrative Gateway)This term refers to the L&S Administrative Gateway, this specific KnowledgeBase website.
AOFAdvanced Opportunity Fellowship. For Graduate students only. This fellowship is awarded to highly qualified underrepresented students. To be considered for AOF funding, prospective students must be new to the Graduate School and be admissible to a graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For further information: https://grad.wisc.edu/diversity/oeid/
APCAcademic Planning Council (L&S). Chaired by the Dean of L&S. Key governance committee for the College; there is also an Academic Planning Council for the campus (the UAPC, or University Academic Planning Council).
The L&S Academic Planning Council, or APC, advises the Dean on planning, program, and fiscal matters, and thus plays an important role in College governance activities. The Dean chairs the Council's weekly meetings, where topics that affect the whole college (and often, the rest of the university) are discussed by elected and appointed members. Academic and Administrative Deans serve as ex Officio observers to advise the council. Agendas are prepared by the Assistant Dean for Academic Planning, in consultation with the Dean and Associate Deans. For more information, see the Administrative Gateway document, L&S Academic Planning Council? .
APOAcademic Personnel Office. Main campus office for unclassified human resources, personnel, and related activities: https://www.ohr.wisc.edu/
ARMSArchives and Records Management. See http://archives.library.wisc.edu/ for more information, including policy on maintaining public records.
ASPPAcademic Staff Policies and Procedures. For more information, visit the Secretary of Academic Staff website: http://acstaff.wisc.edu/resources/policies-and-procedures
Assessment of Student LearningUW-Madison's accrediting agency, the Higher Learning Commission, defines assessment of student learning as a "participatory, iterative process" that:
- Provides data/information needed regarding student learning;
- Engages the institution (faculty, staff, students) in analyzing and using this data/information to confirm and improve teaching and learning;
- Produces evidence that students are learning the outcomes identified by the faculty;
- Guides educational and institutional improvement; and
- Helps the institution understand, evaluate and document whether changes made affect student learning
- How are your stated learning outcomes appropriate to your mission, programs, students and degrees?
- How do you ensure shared responsibility for student learning & assessment of student learning?
- What evidence do you have that students achieve your stated learning outcomes?
- In what ways do you analyze and use evidence of student learning?
- How do you evaluate and improve the effectiveness of your efforts to assess and improve student learning?
In the course of an accreditation review, external consultant/evaluators will gauge the extent to which the university has engaged in assessment for purposes of improving student learning, and used what we find to improve student learning.
BORBoard of Regents; the governing board for the UW System. See: https://www.wisconsin.edu/regents/
Breadth (L&S and General Education)Undergraduate study in the Liberal Arts and Sciences requires students to become familiar with the ways in which humans systematically study and interpret the world, and how they communicate that understanding to others. "Breadth" is a term that originates in the Letters and Science curriculum, where the term is used to describe the different "ways of knowing" found in the major divisions of scholarly inquiry: the Arts and Humanities (including Literature), the Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Natural (including Physical and Biological) Sciences. Students who are completing the L&S degree requirements must take a specified minimum amount of coursework (credits) in each of these broad areas. To help L&S students meet their requirements, the L&S Curriculum Committee assigns "breadth designations" to courses that meet the committee's expectations for learning in those areas. These designations can be used to search for courses that meet L&S degree requirements, and the degree audit reporting system (DARS) uses the designation to determine whether requirements are met. Departments and faculty may ask the L&S Curriculum Committee to review courses to carry these designations. As a service to the campus community, L&S Breadth designations are also used to signal courses that meet University General Education Breadth Requirements - though each school and college may specify more narrowly courses that meet those requirements.
For a description of what "breadth" courses are expected to convey to students in them, see the discussion of Breadth in the Guide, or consult L&S breadth attributes: Course Criteria. For procedures on how courses are reviewed and approved to carry breadth designations, see Requesting "L&S Credit", Level, or Breadth undergraduate course designations .
C-basisSalary rate computed on a nine-month, academic year, basis.
CASICommittee on Academic Staff Issues; these committees have been established in each school and college to advise Deans on policies and procedures, promotional opportunities, participation in department governance, and performance recognition for academic staff.
CCASCross College Advising Service. Campus advising service for freshmen and sophomores; administered through L&S for the campus. See: http://www.ccas.wisc.edu/
DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System)
FCOI (Financial Conflict of Interest)
FTE (Full Time Equivalent) and Headcount
Human Subjects Research
L&S Department ID/UDDS
L&S Majors, Certificates, and Degrees
Memorandum of Agreement in Summer Term
Non-Service Related Appointment
Service Related Appointments
Sifting and Winnowing
Significant Financial Interest (SFI)
Student Achievement Measure (College Portrait)
UAS / UADS
Wisconsin Administrative Code