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Salary rate computed on a twelve-month, annual basis.

Academic Staff

Academic Staff: a professional and administrative employee other than faculty with duties and types of appointments that are primarily associated with higher education institutions or their administration.  Each academic staff has a principal role related to research, teaching, outreach, student services, information technology, libraries, communications, clinical/health services, or other responsibilities. 


Americans with Disabilities Act.  See also:

AG (Administrative Gateway)

This term refers to the L&S Administrative Gateway, this specific KnowledgeBase website. 


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, Who Serves on the L&S Academic Planning Council .


Academic Personnel Office. Main campus office for providing human resource services for faculty, academic staff, limited appointees, graduate assistants, and student hourly employees:


Archives and Records Management.  See for more information, including policy on maintaining public records.


Academic Staff Policies and Procedures.  For more information, visit the Secretary of Academic Staff website:

Assessment of Student Learning

UW-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
This iterative process asks a series of "Fundamental Questions, including:
  1. How are your stated learning outcomes appropriate to your mission, programs, students and degrees?
  2. How do you ensure shared responsibility for student learning & assessment of student learning?
  3. What evidence do you have that students achieve your stated learning outcomes?
  4. In what ways do you analyze and use evidence of student learning?
  5. 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.

The Provost's Office coordinates processes for preparing and submitting assessment plans, reviewing and approving learning outcomes for courses and programs, and submission of annual reports on assessment activities.  For more information about assessment of student learning, please consult the Provost's Office of Student Learning Assessment.


Board of Regents; the governing board for the UW System.  See:

Breadth (L&S and General Education)

Contact: Kimbrin Cornelius or Elaine M. Klein

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 Adding a L&S breadth attribute to a course (guidance for department faculty and staff).  For procedures on how courses are reviewed and approved to carry breadth designations, see Adding "L&S Credit," Level, or Breadth undergraduate course designations to courses (advice for departments) .


Salary rate computed on a nine-month, academic year basis.


Committee 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.

Chapter 36

Wisconsin Statutes, Chapter 36, established the University of Wisconsin System, of which UW-Madison is the flagship institution.


Conflict of Interest  

UW-Madison faculty and staff may participate in activities with external entities which may generate conflicts between the needs of the institution and the outside entity. These conflicts are common, frequently avoidable and can often be appropriately managed. UW-Madison collects reports of these potential conflicts in the form of OARs.

Consensual Relationships

The College of Letters & Science abides by faculty legislation and university policy governing consensual relationships, which is founded on Faculty Legislation

Data Digest

The UW-Madison Data Digest is prepared by the Office of Academic Planning and Institutional Research ( The Data Digest contains useful, official information about the whole university - and the College of Letters and Science within that realm - in a succinct graphical format. The current and previous editions of the Data Digest are available here


Employee Assistance Office.  The Employee Assistance Office is a resource provided by the University of Wisconsin to assist employees and their immediate family members or significant others who are finding it difficult to successfully cope with personal or work related issues and concerns.

FCOI (Financial Conflict of Interest)
FTE (Full Time Equivalent) and Headcount
Human Subjects Research
I-9 Form
Institutional Responsibilities
L&S Department ID/UDDS
L&S Majors, Certificates, and Degrees
Management Plan
Non-Service Related Appointment
Outside Activity
Service Related Appointments
Sifting and Winnowing
Significant Financial Interest (SFI)
Student Achievement Measure (College Portrait)
Student Assistants
Teaching Report
University Staff
Wisconsin Administrative Code