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University Academic Planning Council approves closure of two CALS centers

Effective July 1, two CALS centers will formally close following approvals by the CALS Academic Planning Council (APC) and University Academic Planning Council (UAPC).

On May 17, the University Academic Planning Council approved the proposal to close the Program on Agricultural Technology Studies (PATS). Established in 1992, the Program on Agricultural Technology Studies launched to conduct research and outreach on a wide range of issues related to technological change, economic and social policies, and the welfare of family farming. In the wake of declining state funding, the work and personnel of the program have either moved to their respective departments, been absorbed into other projects, or discontinued as individuals retired or departed. An archive of PATS’s work is available at

Last fall, the UAPC approved closure of the Land Information and Computer Graphics Facility (LICGF). Founded in 1982, LICGF made numerous contributions in land records modernization, resource management, legislative redistricting, precision agriculture, land use planning, and other areas. LICGF contributions are documented in annual reports to the college. Following budget cuts in 2008, the remaining activities fall under the supervision of a single faculty member within the Department of Soil Science.

All UW-Madison centers are governed by policies within Academic Planning and Institutional Research. College policies require CALS’ centers to be reviewed at least every 10 years.