Academic and Student Affairs’ mission is to promote and ensure academic quality in the University of Wisconsin System and to encourage the efficient use of resources to achieve that end. Academic and Student Affairs advises and provides leadership and service to the Board of Regents, the President of the UW System, and the institutions in the System in formulating, interpreting, and implementing policies related to academic programs, teaching and learning, and student affairs.


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James P. Henderson

Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs


1730 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: 608-262-3826
Fax: 608-262-3985


  • Competency-based Education: The UW System is a national leader in competency-based education through its work on the UW Flexible Option and Prior Learning Assessment.
    • Lumina Grant on the UW Flexible Option: Through a Lumina Foundation grant, the UW System is chronicling the development of the UW Flexible Option and identifying alternative student success metrics appropriate for returning adult students and competency-based education.
    • Prior Learning Assessment: The University of Wisconsin is expanding Prior Learning Assessment opportunities to returning adult students at institutions throughout the System.
  • Credit Transfer: The Universal Credit Transfer Agreement is a new transfer tool established by the University of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Technical College Systems. The agreement identifies a minimum of 30 credits that are universally transferable between and across the two Systems.
    • Universal Credit Transfer Agreement: The Universal Undergraduate Credit Transfer Agreement between the University of Wisconsin System and the Wisconsin Technical College System.
  • Developmental/Remedial Education: The UW System is embarked on an unprecedented effort to reduce the need for, and ensure the success of those students needing developmental/remedial education at UW System institutions.
    • Framework for Reforming Developmental/Remedial Education in the UW System: The framework represents the multi-pronged approach to reforming developmental/remedial Education in the UW System, including multiple initiatives and activity from stakeholders statewide.
    • Gates Grant on State Systems Transformation: The UW System is focusing its attention on developmental education reform strategies through its Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation State Systems Transformation grant, aimed at improving educational outcomes for underserved students through system-led change initiatives.
    • Developmental Education Research & Development Group: This R & D group is focused on evidence-driven innovation to help more students succeed in math and English.
    • College Readiness Definitions and Standards: For the benefit of students, parents, K-12 schools and districts, UW Faculty and staff from every UW institution are working to define and standardize “college readiness” across System.
    • Report of the UW Systemwide Remedial Education Work Group: Through its findings and recommendations, the Report of the UW Systemwide Remedial Education Work Group serves as a foundation upon which the reform efforts underway across the UW System build.
  • Inclusive Excellence: Inclusive Excellence is the UW System’s strategic framework for engaging with diversity and equity, grounded in the joint pursuit of equity and excellence as core to mission and a shared responsibility for UW institutions and System Administration.
  • Liberal Education: Through the LEAP Wisconsin initiative, the UW System is focused on helping students acquire the essential learning and preparation they need to take their places in the 21st-century knowledge-based, global society.
  • PK-16: The UW System PK-16 Initiative works with internal and external partners to advance state and national PK-16 efforts, including those focused on Educator Preparation, Dual Enrollment, College and Career Readiness, STEM education, and others.
  • Undergraduate Engagement: UW System initiatives that support UW institutions in their work to deepen the learning and success of undergraduate students include expanding opportunities in international education and participation in high-impact practices like undergraduate research.
    • International Education: We pool and leverage systemwide resources and expertise to pursue global opportunities that benefit all institutions, including facilitating international agreements and cooperation, addressing common concerns, promoting best practices in international recruitment and education, and enhancing study abroad opportunities for all our students.
    • Undergraduate Research: To support the intellectual and pre-professional growth of students, the University of Wisconsin System is making “Research and Discovery Grants” available to directly support undergraduate participation in research, scholarly and creative activity at both its 2-year and 4-year institutions.
  • Veterans: UW System’s veterans initiative informs students about the Wisconsin GI Bill,  one of the nation’s most comprehensive  state education benefits for eligible veterans and certain children and spouses of eligible veterans, and works with internal and external partners to ensure that programs and services targeted to student veterans meet a standard of excellence through UW Veterans Education & Transition to Success (VETS) certification.

Academic Policies

  • The Academic Information Series (ACIS) consists of a set of policy papers. The areas covered include academic program planning and review, program audits, inter-institutional articulation, international education and distance education.
  • Academic Planning Statements (ACPS) are a set of documents that contain guidelines to address specific procedural issues in a number of areas.


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Sue Buth

Interim Assistant Vice President for Policy Analysis and Research
1540 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: (608) 262-1751

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Carmen Faymonville

Special Assistant to the Vice President
1730 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Dr.
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: (608) 262-6831

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Bob Jokisch

Special Assistant to the Vice President
1730 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Dr.
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: (608) 262-5450

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Stephen H. Kolison

Associate Vice President for Academic Programs and Educational Innovation
1642 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Dr.
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: (608) 262-8778

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Petra M. Roter

Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President
1648 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: (608) 262-4337

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Nicole Sment

University Executive Staff Assistant
1730 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Dr.
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: (608) 262-3826


Academic Programs and Educational Innovation (APEI)

Develops, implements, and assesses systemwide policies and procedures relating to academic array management; academic program planning and review; and international education and engagement.

Office of Policy Analysis and Research (OPAR)

Informs University of Wisconsin System planning, policy development, evaluation, and decision-making processes, and guides UW System’s strategic direction in contributing to the economic development and higher education goals of the State of Wisconsin.

Student Affairs and Student Success

Provides guidance to UW System leadership, the Board of Regents, and UW System universities and colleges in the development of policies and practices that maximize the educational benefits of diversity, maintain inclusive, equitable, and safe institutional environments, and engage institutional Student Affairs units as vital resources in fostering student success.