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A-basis

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. 


ADA

Americans 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. 


APC

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 .


APO

Academic Personnel Office. Main campus office for providing human resource services for faculty, academic staff, limited appointees, graduate assistants, and student hourly employees: https://www.ohr.wisc.edu/apo/


ARMS

Archives and Records Management.  See http://archives.library.wisc.edu/ for more information, including policy on maintaining public records.


ASPP

Academic 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 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.