Academic Policy, Planning, and Analysis

Welcome to the website of the Office of Academic Policy, Planning, and Analysis (APPA) at the University of North Carolina system office.


The office is charged with developing collaborative processes for identifying and conceptualizing policy issues, collecting information, and formulating policy alternatives designed to address state, national, and global concerns affecting the University of North Carolina. Through the use of various collaborative approaches, the division focuses on creating synergies among the various offices of General Administration and offices at all UNC constituent institutions. The office leads, coordinates, and support strategic initiatives and projects related to policy and program planning, assessment, and strategic communication and reporting for the Academic Affairs division of the University of North Carolina.

Specific responsibilities include:


Analyze and disseminate University system policy and program information to executive system leadership, constituent campus leadership, Board of Governors, State Legislators, and other external stakeholders to support system level decision-making, policies, and planning.  


Provide leadership and analysis for University system academic policy and program assessment, evaluation, and effectiveness.


Provide leadership to the University system's strategic planning process.


Provide leadership and support on University system enrollment and performance based funding.


Assist University system office divisions in planning appropriate assessment and evaluation measurements on system-wide initiatives and programs.


Develop and design University system-wide survey instruments and assist University system office divisions with survey needs. 



Areas of study include:  Minimum Admission Requirements, Enrollment Planning, Retention and Graduation, Academic Degree Program Productivity Review, Nursing, Faculty Teaching Workload, Remedial/Developmental Activities, Transfer Students, Online Learning Activities, Intercollegiate Athletics, and Post-Tenure Review.  


Surveys:  Alumni, Sophomore, Graduating Senior and Employer Focus Groups 


See Reports and Data Tables for more information.



Associate Vice President for Academic Policy, Planning, and Analysis | 919-962-2228
Ms. Henz supports the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs in the development of long term strategic plans for the system and develops policy and analysis to meet Board of Governor and President objectives.  She is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the office and working with staff to complete a variety of policy research and evaluation activities.    
Research & Policy Analyst | 919-843-6967
Mr. Fotheringham produces reports related to policy issues; identifies research opportunities, designs and conducts studies with appropriate GA staff and/or external parties, and provides analysis of the data to guide internal management decision-making; and coordinates specialized data collection.
Senior Research Analyst | 919-962-4549
Dr. Pretlow is responsible for identifying research opportunities; ensuring  Board of Governor's and Legislative reporting requirements are met on wide ranging topics; designing and conducting studies working in conjunction with appropriate General Administration staff and/or external parties; providing analysis of data to guide internal management decision making; communicating with campus and agency representatives concerning data receipt, reporting, and accuracy and providing these representatives the guidance, assistance, and continuous monitoring necessary in the assembling of data for institutional management and for the maintenance of various report files.  
Research, Policy and Analysis Associate | 919-962-7049
Ms. Tatum-Yasuda provides administrative support to the Associate Vice President of Academic Policy, Planning & Analysis and the Associate Vice President of Institutional Research.