PhD Retention/Completions and Time-to-Degree

Last Updated
08/12/2022
Description

Doctoral retention/completion rates and doctoral time-to-degree by major with peer comparison data from AAU peers.

Report URL
https://tableau.wisconsin.edu/#/views/PhDRetentionCompletionsandTime-to-DegreeMetrics_0/HomePage
Data Cookbook URL (requires authorization)
https://uwmadison.datacookbook.com/institution/reports/28654/versions/58540
Data Domain(s)
Student Record
Access Restrictions
Publicly Available
Data Source Information
InfoAccess, Other
Data View Information
RETENTION_STUDENT, RETENTION_PLAN_HISTORY, STDNT_ACAC_PLAN_ATTRIBUTES, RETENTION_AWARDS_MAIN, RETENTION_AWARDS_PLAN, STDNT_TERM_CODES, RETENTION_SEMESTER_HISTORY
Update Schedule
Data is updated in Fall each year. There is a lag in data availability due to the time it takes to share and compile data with peers.
Responsible Office
Academic Planning and Institutional Research
Important Notes

Doctoral Completion Rates

Completion Rates look at the proportion of students who have completed their doctoral degree (including PhD, DMA, SJD) in that program , are still enrolled at the university, or are not enrolled by the number of years since a cohort has entered a doctoral program. Data is displayed by program, with the ability to look at one or more internal peers for comparison, or to look at data for comparable programs at other public AAU institutions. Programs are matched via the federal Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) codes.

Retention, Enrollment, and Completion rates are calculated based on the most recent year that a entering cohort has completed. An entrance cohort consists of all students whose first term in a PhD plan for that program was in a given academic year (Summer, Fall, Spring). For instance, the 2015-16 cohort for Economics would consist of students whose first term in a PhD plan in Economics was in Summer 2015, Fall 2015, or Spring 2016. In this visualization, Those who have completed Year 1 entered in 2015-16, Year 2 entered in 2014-15, and so on.

Doctoral Time-to-Degree

Doctoral time-to-degree takes an annual degree cohort and looks at the median number of years to earn the doctoral degree from several different points in the student’s graduate career. Data is displayed by program, with the ability to look at one or more internal peers for comparison, or to look at data for comparable programs at other AAU institutions. Programs are matched via the federal Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) codes.

How Peer Comparisons are Calculated

Peer comparisons are calculated based on the federal Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) codes. Each UW-Madison program is assigned a CIP code based on the program and curriculum at the time of program approval. This code is matched to those programs at other Association of American Universities (AAU) institutions that have similar programs. Peer comparisons are shown at the level of detail necessary to ensure at least three comparison institutions for a program (six-digit CIP match (program), four-digit CIP match (area), or two-digit CIP match (broad field).

DOCTORAL COMPLETIONS METRICS

Number of years since PhD entrance cohort entered program

“Number of years since PhD entrance cohort entered program” reflects the number of years that a cohort has completed since entering a doctoral program. For instance, a student who entered in the 2015-16 academic year would have one year completed in the program as of the 2016-17 academic year.

% Completed

“% Completed” is the percent of a doctoral program entrance cohort in a given program that was awarded a doctoral degree in that program.

% Enrolled

“% Enrolled” is the percent of a doctoral program entrance cohort in a given program that was still enrolled in that doctoral program.

% Not Enrolled

“% Not Enrolled” is the percent of a doctoral program entrance cohort that neither completed nor was still enrolled in that doctoral program.

TIME TO DEGREE METRICS

Time as a UW-Madison Graduate Student in Program

“Time as a UW-Madison Graduate Student in Program” is measured as the elapsed calendar years from when a student is first enrolled in the graduate program they eventually completed (masters or doctoral level) to when their doctoral degree was awarded in that program.

Time as a UW-Madison Doctoral Student in Program

“Time as a UW-Madison Doctoral Student in Program” is measured as the elapsed calendar years from when a student is first enrolled at the doctoral level in the program they eventually completed to when their doctoral degree was awarded in that program.

Definitions

Name Functional Definition Data Domains
Disciplinary Division

The four divisions established on the basis of related subjects of teaching and research and are independent of colleges, schools, and departments, and include: Biological Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Physical Sciences, and Social Sciences.

Academic Planning, Employee Record