Overview

The mission of the Office of Policy Analysis and Research (OPAR) is to inform University of Wisconsin System planning, policy development, evaluation, and decision-making processes, and guide UW System’s strategic direction in contributing to the economic development and higher education goals of the State of Wisconsin.

In fulfilling this mission, OPAR’s primary functions are to oversee the collection and management of student, curricular, admissions, and financial aid data from UW System institutions and conduct relevant analysis in these areas; serve as the office of record and clearinghouse for the UW System Administration (UWSA) on student, curricular, admissions, and financial aid information; provide accurate, timely information and analyses to the Board of Regents, UWSA senior leadership, and UW System institutions; lead systemwide accountability reporting efforts; conduct instructional workload and cost analysis; initiate studies to address emerging national and state issues in higher education; support review and evaluation of UW System policies and academic programs; contribute to the budget planning process; benchmark UW System performance against peer systems and institutions; coordinate and analyze systemwide surveys; respond to state and federally mandated information requirements and other data requests; adopt best practices in use of technology in institutional research; and facilitate collaboration on higher education issues with UW System institutions.

Leadership

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Sue Buth

Director of Policy, Analysis, and Research

Contact

1530 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: (608) 262-1751
sbuth@uwsa.edu

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Vacant

Assoc. Vice President Policy Analysis & Research

Contact

Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706

Staff

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Todd Bailey

Senior Institutional Planner
1546 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: (608) 263-3743
tbailey@uwsa.edu

Responsibilities
  • Precollege
  • Accountability Reports
  • Degrees Conferred
  • Transfer Information System (TIS)
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David Blough

Senior Policy & Planning Analyst
1542 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: (608) 265-9796
dblough@uwsa.edu

Responsibilities
  • Retention/Graduation/Credits-to-degree
  • Population Demographics
  • More Graduates Initiative
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Kelly L Campbell

University Services Program Associate
1534 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: (608) 262-6441
kcampbell@uwsa.edu

Responsibilities
  • Assistant to the Associate Vice President for OPAR
  • Office Manager
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Jing Chen

Institutional Planner
1510 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: (608) 265-9795
jchen@uwsa.edu

Responsibilities
  • Retention/Graduation/Credits-to-degree
  • Remediation
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Yufeng Duan

Senior Institutional Planner
1504 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: (608) 265-6776
yduan@uwsa.edu

Responsibilities
  • Instructional Analysis Information System (IAIS)
  • Curricular Analysis
  • Program Array/Degrees/Majors
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Eric Durkee

IS Comprehensive Support Tech - Senior
1540 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: (608) 262-4939
edurkee@uwsa.edu

Responsibilities
  • Central Data Request (CDR) Technical Coordination
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Mark Pioli

Policy & Planning Analyst
1544 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: (608) 262-6718
mpioli@uwsa.edu

Responsibilities
  • Student success
  • Inclusion/educational disparities
  • Predictive analytics
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Kevin Welch

Senior Institutional Planner
1536 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: (608) 262-2623
kwelch@uwsa.edu

Responsibilities
  • Student Demographics/ Student Statistics
  • Financial Aid
  • Multiple Applications and Admissions (MAAD) Coordinator