This policy is a codified source for information about the academic structure which:
A group of faculty who are not all in the same department but who share responsibilities for departmental functions. This unit exercises a broad range of functions and duties in relation to faculty academic life, and generally houses at least one academic program (degree/major or certificate) or subject listing. A department-like academic unit usually does not serve as a tenure home. When a department-like academic unit is approved to serve as a tenure home, each faculty member’s tenure home will be approved on a case-by-case basis by the University Committee.
An academic organization that has department-like status and serves as a faculty tenure home, sometimes with restrictions, is approved as such by the University Academic Planning Council, the University Committee, and the Faculty Senate per UW-805 Faculty Policies and Procedures Chapter 5.
All academic divisions and units.
The academic structure and its elements are the building blocks for an academic institution; it is a representation of academic divisions (school/colleges) as the umbrella organization responsible for academic units (departments and department-like units) which, in turn, are the home of tenured faculty, academic programs (degrees, certificates, minors, named options) and subject listings (courses). The faculty and staff are responsible for carrying out the duties of the academic unit. Faculty ensure compliance of policies and procedures via shared governance bodies. Each component of the academic structure has a foundation in policies of the UW System Board of Regents, UW-Madison Faculty Policy and Procedures, and accreditation bodies. The official academic structure is maintained in the Student Information System (SIS) and is accessed electronically through the data extracts from the data warehouse. The SIS stores codes that uniquely identify the elements of the academic structure. Codes may have attributes associated with them that further describe their place and role in the academic structure.