The mission of the Office of Academic and Student Affairs (OASA) is to fulfill the University of Wisconsin System’s commitment to academic excellence, faculty and student success, shared governance, and community engagement. Inherent in this broad mission are methods of instruction, research, extended training and public service designed to educate people and improve the human condition. Basic to every purpose is the search for truth.
In collaboration with the leaders, faculty, staff, and students of the 13 universities and 26 campuses, which comprise the University of Wisconsin System, OASA advises and provides vision, leadership, and service to the Board of Regents and President to ensure:
- All Wisconsin residents have access to high quality educational experiences, and their success is central to everything we do.
- All universities model equitable policies and practices, so every student is prepared for the challenges and opportunities of life and work in an increasingly diverse state, nation, and world.
- All universities support opportunities for faculty, students, and staff to discover and share knowledge through research, scholarship, teaching, and service, which advances the Wisconsin Idea by meeting the educational, economic, and cultural needs of Wisconsin, the nation, and the world.
- The University of Wisconsin System remains a national leader in public higher education.
Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
1730 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706
About Anny Morrobel-Sosa
Dr. Anny Morrobel-Sosa serves as the chief academic officer for the UW System. Her areas of responsibility include academic programs, diversity and inclusion planning, data and policy analysis, faculty and staff development, student affairs, developmental education, and instructional technology. She also provides leadership in strategic planning and predictive analytics focused on talent development to support the current and future economic development needs of the state and nation.
Morrobel-Sosa has held numerous other administrative and tenured faculty positions at institutions across the United States. She served as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Herbert H. Lehman College, City University of New York, from 2012-2016. Of the many initiatives led by Morrobel-Sosa during her tenure at Lehman College, the most significant were: the reverse-transfer agreement for the three CUNY campuses in The Bronx, the planning/prioritization process, and the shepherding of Lehman’s first stand-along applied doctoral program (Doctorate in Nursing Practice, DNP). The Going Forward in Reverse program supports student completion while recognizing student mobility from 2-year to 4-year institutions. After demonstrating the student-centeredness and success of the initiative, the CUNY Chancellor declared this as one of his principal goals for FY2016 to extend and formalize reverse transfer throughout the entire CUNY System of 274,000 students. Morrobel-Sosa also co-chaired the first comprehensive and exhaustive internal review of all programs and services at a CUNY campus as part Lehman College’s planning and prioritization process to become stronger and more innovative College, within a more sustainable academic and financial model in preparation for the next strategic plan, regional reaccreditation study, and 50 anniversary. The approval of the Doctorate in Nursing Practice by the Board of Trustees also required approval of a change in the College’s Master Plan.
In addition, Morrobel-Sosa served as Dean of the College of Science at the University of Texas at El Paso from 2007-2012 where she was instrumental in elevating UTEP’s reputation and profile as both a research institution and an innovative and inclusive learning environment for previously underserved populations in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Morrobel-Sosa is also president and founder of The Micaela Group, which assists universities in improving student success, closing achievement gaps, and strategic planning, including diversifying students and faculty in STEM.
Morrobel-Sosa received her B.S. in Physics and Chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico in 1976, a M.S. in Chemistry at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1980, and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry at the University of Southern California in 1985.
Current 2020FWD Initiatives
University of Wisconsin System initiatives that support UW institutions in their work to deepen the learning and success of undergraduate students include the following 2020FWD Initiatives under the direction of the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.
- High Impact Practices: Employers seek candidates who have broad-based and integrated knowledge across disciplines; who are proficient in written and oral communication, teamwork, ethical decision making, and critical thinking; and who can apply their knowledge in the workplace. High Impact Practices (HIPs) such as undergraduate research, internships, service learning, capstone projects, and collaborative learning can promote development of the desired knowledge, skills, and abilities. Students who participate in HIPs also may be more likely to experience academic success and complete their college studies. For these reasons, UW System will provide support and resources, including through the National Association of System Heads Grant, to build institutional capacity so that every undergraduate student, prior to graduation, will participate in at least two HIPs.
- Seamless Transfer: The transfer process must be seamless, smooth, and easily navigable for all students at any step of their educational journey. UW System continuously improves transfer tools and processes to help students who move from one institution to another, from within or outside the System. Easing the transition between UW System institutions so the transfer process is more efficient and seamless is critical to transfer student success. To enhance uniformity and consistency in transfer, the UW System will work to improve how lower division general education courses apply for students transferring within the System.
- 360 Advising: Advisors play a critical role in assisting all students in UW System schools to navigate their educational experiences and engage in career planning. Without effective, accessible advising, students may take longer to graduate, not graduate, or choose career paths that do not offer opportunities or fill needs in the current job market.
- Math Initiative: Mathematics must serve as a stepping stone instead of a stumbling block for students. To remove barriers and increase student success, UW System has engaged faculty and staff representing all degree-granting institutions in an initiative to reduce the number of students placed into remedial math, improve success of students in remedial and gateway math courses, and help ensure that math courses transfer and apply for the gateway math requirement aligned with a student’s broad field of study.
Academic & Student Affairs and Restructuring
Approved by the UW System Board of Regents in November 2017, the restructuring initiative aims to expand access to higher education, maintain affordability, and create more opportunities for Wisconsin students and communities. The Office of Academic and Student Affairs is leading the advocacy for and development of academic policies related to ensuring the access and affordability mission of UW Colleges is successfully integrated, maintained, and advanced throughout UW System institutions. Additionally, through the restructuring integration of UW-Extension’s division of Continuing Education, Online and E-Learning into the OASA, UW System is deepening and expanding its commitment to post-secondary access to NEW Traditional students.
Ongoing and Past Initiatives
- Competency-based Education and Assessment: UW System remains an innovator of competency-based education and direct assessment through the UW Flexible Option and Prior Learning Assessment opportunities for returning adult students at institutions system-wide. Through a Lumina Foundation grant, UW System chronicled the development of the UW Flexible Option via a case study website and identified alternative student success metrics appropriate for returning adult students and competency-based education.
- Credit Transfer: UW System recognizes the importance of serving transfer students. It continues its commitment to improve transfer policy and process and positively impact transfer student success. UW System and the Wisconsin Technical College System established a transfer tool, the Universal Credit Transfer Agreement, and identified a minimum of 30 credits that are universally transferable between and across the two Systems. This work was foundational for the current Seamless Transfer Initiative.
- Development/Remedial Education: Multiple works groups built a body of knowledge to inform a common cut score for math placement, reduce placement into developmental math, and shorten developmental math sequences. This work was foundational for the current Math Initiative.
- UW System developed tools including Guiding Principles of Inclusive Excellence and identified programs and strategies to close equity gaps, as included in this 2013 Board of Regents report. The joint pursuit of equity and excellence remains core to UW System’s mission and a shared responsibility for UW institutions and System, evidenced through development of the Office of Student Success to support, retain, and graduate students.
- Liberal Education: Through the LEAP Wisconsin initiative, the UW System focused on helping students acquire the essential learning and preparation they need to take their places in the 21st-century knowledge-based, global society. This work was foundational for the current High Impact Practices Initiative. In addition, the AAC&U LEAP/Faculty Collaboratives project led to development of an Innovation Hub, a faculty collaborative website now under revision.
- PK-20: The UW System PK-20 Initiative works with internal and external partners to advance state and national PK-20 efforts, including:
- The UW System Education Deans and Directors;
- The UW System Institute for Urban Education;
- The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI)
- The Conference Board of Mathematical Sciences – High School to College Mathematics Pathways: Preparing Students for the Future
- The UW System Math Initiative
- College Readiness
- The UW System Board of Regents Task Force for Advancing Teachers and School Leaders in Wisconsin
- Lumina’s Wisconsin 60 Forward with the Wisconsin Technical College System and DPI
- Veterans: UW System continues to offer the Wisconsin GI Bill, one of the nation’s most comprehensive state education benefits for veterans and the children and spouses of disabled veterans. In addition to the Wisconsin GI Bill, which eliminates 100% of tuition and fees, UW System created the Veterans Education & Transition to Success (VETS) certification program in 2015 to ensure that programs and services targeted to student veterans and their families meet a uniform standard of excellence across the system. By November of 2017 every UW System four-year campus had achieved VETS Certification.
The Office of Academic and Student Affairs maintains the 100 Series: Academic & Student Affairs of the UW System Administrative Policies & Procedures. These policies cover areas including academic program planning and review, program audits, inter-institutional articulation, international education, and distance education.
Senior Associate Vice President & Executive Director for UW Extended Campus
5602 Research Park Blvd
Madison, WI 53719
Telephone: (608) 265-8692
About Aaron Brower
Dr. Aaron Brower was appointed University of Wisconsin System Senior Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and Executive Director for UW Extended Campus on July 1, 2018. His primary responsibility is to develop and expand educational opportunities for adult and professionally-oriented students, the largest segment of the state and nation now seeking higher education. UW Extended Campus has built a national reputation for creating award-winning innovative and student-centric programs that partner with and leverage resources across all University of Wisconsin campuses. Among the many collaborative programs within UW Extended Campus’s portfolio is the UW System’s UW Flexible Option, the first-in-the-country competency-based educational program. UW Flex was created under Dr. Brower’s leadership when he was Provost and Vice Chancellor for UW-Extension.
From 2012-2018, Dr. Brower served as Provost and Vice Chancellor of UW-Extension and was named Interim Chancellor of UW Colleges and UW-Extension in 2014. Prior to that, he spent six years as UW-Madison's Vice Provost for Teaching & Learning, overseeing and supporting undergraduate education and professional development for teaching and learning. Dr. Brower remains a tenured professor at UW-Madison in the School of Social Work and in the departments of Integrated Liberal Studies and Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis.
Dr. Brower has written 4 books, more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and received over $18M in grants to support his work. His scholarship demonstrates the academic and social outcomes produced when colleges blend in- and out-of-class learning and experiences. Dr. Brower’s expertise is in educational innovation, student learning, and outcome assessment – engaging the whole university to support “whole student” education. He has created and led many teaching and learning programs focused on integrative learning and evidence-based curricular reform. He consults widely with institutions across the country.
Dr. Brower earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, a Master's Degree in Social Work, a Master's Degree in Psychology, and a Doctorate in Social Work and Psychology, all from the University of Michigan.
Special Assistant for Governance & Strategic Initiatives
1730 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: (608) 262-6831
1633 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: (608) 262-4830
About Carol Edquist
Carol Edquist joined UW System Administration as Budget Director for the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, coming from UW-Extension where she served as the Budget Director for the past 11 years. Carol will jointly maintain her role with UW-Extension in supporting budget operations through the close of fiscal year 2018-19, as well as continuing to assist with the current restructuring project and transition. She has over 18 years of combined budget and financial experience at UW System institutions, previously working at UW-Milwaukee as Business Manager for the Center for International Education. She brings with her a deep knowledge of UW System budget, fiscal, and administrative processes; policies; financial and human resources systems; tools for reporting and analytics; and management best practices.
1670 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: (608) 890-4369
About Sandy Kallio
Sandy Kallio joined the University of Wisconsin System Office of Academic and Student Affairs in September 2017. She provides strategic communications support for initiatives led by the Vice President, including the UW System Math Initiative, 360 Advising Initiative and Navigate student success management system implementation. Prior roles with UW System institutions included university relations positions with the former UW Colleges and UW-Extension to support the work of the Provosts and the Chancellor. Sandy also was a Senior Writer for a Lumina Foundation grant to chronicle the development of the UW Flexible Option. She started her professional career in K-12 education and subsequently worked for more than 20 years as a newspaper reporter and editor for the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison.
She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in education and M.A. in journalism. She serves on the board of Centro Hispano of Dane County.
Associate Vice President for Student Success
505 S Rosa Rd
Madison, WI 53719
Telephone: (608) 263-7876
About Christine Navia
Christine Navia is Associate Vice President for Student Success in the University of Wisconsin System Administration. She earned her M.A. and her Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and a B.A. in political science from Carleton College. Chris began her tenure at UW System in 2008 as an institutional planner responsible for the coordination of a wide variety of equity-focused efforts, including improving retention and graduation rates for underrepresented students; expanding precollege and summer bridge program offerings; aiding UW institutions in the implementation of their campus climate assessments; and administering grants specifically designed to help UW institutions close opportunity gaps for students of color. In 2012, Chris left the UW System to work as a higher education consultant in Washington, D.C., where she provided intensive support to other public state systems of higher education in the design and implementation of student success initiatives focused on increasing baccalaureate degree attainment among students of color. Chris returned to the UW System in 2014 as a senior academic planner responsible for the development and approval of new academic programs and policies. In her current position as Associate Vice President, Chris oversees the Office of Student Success whose central mission is dedicated to advancing the educational success of all UW students. Her direct areas of responsibility include creating a stronger educational pipeline from the K-12 system to college; supporting the design and implementation of student-centered retention and graduation initiatives; and further developing a more seamless system of transfer for students moving between UW institutions. Additionally, Chris serves as the liaison to the UW System’s Senior Student Affairs Officers and Student Reps.
Associate Vice President for Policy Analysis and Research
1524 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: (608) 263-0872
About Ben Passmore
Ben Hill Passmore is Associate Vice President for the Office of Policy Research and Analysis, joining the University of Wisconsin System Administration in April of 2018. In this role, he is charged with supporting both UW System leadership and UW campuses with data and predictive modeling to improve decision making, progress and performance. Prior to joining the UW System, Ben spent 15 years with the University System of Maryland finishing his time there as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance. He has worked in institutional and policy research since 1992 with a specific focus on analytics and expanding data use, educational access, improving college attainment, trend forecasting, and organizational change in higher education. Ben holds a PhD in cultural anthropology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He has held faculty positions at universities and community colleges where he has taught a range of students including underrepresented minorities, non-traditionally aged students, active duty military, and traditional students. He has taught online, face-to-face, and hybrid courses. He has conducted research in educational and workplace settings on organizational transformation, risk and social capital, and policy creation in Eastern Europe, the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, and the United States.
Research Project Director
1668 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: (608) 262-5499
About Alice Pulvermacher
Alice Pulvermacher is a Project Director and Principal Investigator in the University of Wisconsin System Office of Academic and Student Affairs. She leads the Math Initiative systemwide change project involving 13 four-year institutions and 13 two-year campuses, as well as coordination with Wisconsin’s technical college and K-12 systems. She previously served as grant Project Director to document and disseminate the academic, operational, budgetary, communications and policy infrastructures essential for competency-based education.
Prior to joining UW System Administration, she was a Research Project Director in the UW-Madison College of Engineering from 2004 to 2014. She was responsible for implementation of individual and organizational change initiatives, including an $8 million multi-state project with 200 private and public organizations. That was among several federal and private grants she managed during the past 15 years.
She earned a B.S. in project management from Michigan State University and an M.S. in adult education from UW-Madison.
Carleen Vande Zande
Associate Vice President for Academic Programs & Faculty Advancement
1642 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706
Telephone: (608) 262-5089
About Carleen Vande Zande
Dr. Carleen Vande Zande began serving as Associate Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs for the University of Wisconsin System in April 2018. As leader of the UW System’s Office of Academic Programs & Faculty Advancement, her areas of responsibility include all academic programs actions, accreditation, policy development and analysis, faculty professional development, international education, articulation agreements, collaborative language programs, high impact practices, educational innovation, and applied research. She also provides leadership in program planning and the development of academic proposals on behalf of the system’s 13 universities. Significant initiatives led by Carleen include implementation of the equity-minded high impact practices program and a full review of Regent and System academic policies. She also was instrumental in the approval by the Higher Learning Commission of the recent restructuring of the UW Colleges.
Carleen has been an active member of the peer review core of the Higher Learning Commission since 2005 and serves on the Institutional Actions Council of the HLC. She also serves on the National Association of System Heads Steering Committee and has worked on initiatives related to transfer and high impact practices at the national level.
Carleen has held numerous administrative and tenured faculty positions at institutions across Wisconsin. She previously served as the UW System Interim Associate Vice President for Academic Programs and Educational Innovation in 2017-18. She has also served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Curricular Affairs and Student Academic Achievement at UW-Oshkosh, where she is a tenured professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. In addition, she served as Associate Dean and Interim Dean of the School of Education and subsequently as Dean of Graduate Studies at Marian University, Fond du Lac, Wis. While in her leadership role in education, she was elected to the boards of the Association of American of Colleges of Teacher Education as well as the Association of Independent of Liberal Arts Colleges of Teacher Education and participated in the design of new approaches to accredit teacher education programs. She is a past president of the Wisconsin Association of Colleges of Teacher Education and has collaborated on several Department of Public Instruction program approval initiatives. Carleen was also appointed the Director of Assessment and has done several national presentations on assessment.
Carleen received her B.A. in Spanish at Daemen College, Amherst, N.Y., and completed studies at the University of Valencia, Spain; the Conservatory of Music Valencia, Spain; the National Catholic University of France in Angers, France; and at the Cuauhnahuac Language Institute in Cuernavaca, Mexico. She earned an M.S. in Spanish and Education and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies at UW-Madison.
Assists the Board of Regents, the UW System President, and the UW universities to sustain sufficient access for students to majors and careers, identify gaps in systemwide program array, and analyze the workforce development needs of the state—all in the context of efficient management of systemwide resources. APFA engages faculty in communities of practice informed by scholarship and critical reflection that results in meaningful learning for all students in the UW System.
Informs University of Wisconsin System planning, policy development, evaluation, and decision-making processes, and helps guide UW System’s strategic direction to realize the Wisconsin Idea in higher education through data and evidence-based analysis.
Provides guidance to UW System leadership, the Board of Regents, and UW System universities in the development of policies and practices that maximize the educational benefits of diversity, maintain inclusive, equitable, and safe institutional environments, and engage Student Affairs units as vital resources in fostering student success.
Works in partnership with all UW System campuses to develop and deliver online degree programs, competency-based degree and certificate programs, a broad array of credit and non-credit certificates and other credentials to help adult and professional learners achieve their academic and professional development goals.