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Undergraduate Course D, F, Drop Rates

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This workbook shows course D/F/drop rates over time and for several demographic categories. It also shows the components of the D/F/drop rate (% of D/F/drops that are Ds, Fs, or drops) and courses where rates of D/F/drops are inequitable by demographic category.

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Academic Planning, Student Record
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Data are refreshed monthly, at the end of the month.
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Academic Planning and Institutional Research
Important Notes

Visualization-specific notes on F Grade: For the purposes of this visualization, grades of U or UD ('Unsatisfactory' in a course taken for pass/fail credit), N ('No credit' in a course taken on a credit/no credit basis), and NW ('No Work') count as Fs in the calculation of the D/F/Drop rate. See for information about grades and grading policy.


Name Functional Definition Data Domains
Academic Year (Su,Fa,Sp)

An academic year consists of sequential summer, fall, and spring terms. For example, the 2021-22 academic years includes summer 2021, fall 2021, and spring 2022.

Academic Planning
Catalog Number

A code associated with a course in the course catalog.

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Course D/F/Drop Rate The number of students whose final course grade/outcome was a D, F, or drop divided by the total course enrollment on the term census date. Student Record
Course Drop When a student un-enrolls in a course in which they had previously enrolled. Student Record
Course ID

A 6-digit unique ID assigned to a specific course. All course members of a crosslisted course will have the same Course ID.

Academic Planning
Course Title

The official name of the course.

Academic Planning
D Grade

A grade of D is considered "poor" and counts as 1 grade point per credit on a 4.0 grading scale.

Student Record
D/F/Drop Rate

When D/F/Drop rates are aggregate at any other level than a course (for example, by demographic group, curricular subject, school/college) the D/F/Drop rate is the number of D grades, F grades, or course drops divided by the total enrollment.

Student Record
F Grade

A grade of F is considered "failure" and counts as 0 grade points per credit on a 4.0 grading scale.

Student Record
First Generation Status

An undergraduate is considered a first generation student if they reported on their application for admission that neither of their parents had earned a four-year college degree. All others, including those who did not respond to the question are considered non-first generation.

Student Record
Grade The grade the student received in the course. Academic Planning, Student Record

A binary "Male" or "Female" gender, based on what the individual has reported to the University.

Core Person, University of Wisconsin - Madison

A grouping of courses, approved by faculty governance, within related academic areas.

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Undergraduate Student An enrolled student who is pursuing a degree program that leads to a bachelor's degree. Student Record
Underrepresented Student of Color

A domestic (non-international) student who identifies, alone or in combination with other racial/ethnic categories, as African American/Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Hispanic/Latino(a), Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or one or more of the following Asian subcategories (Cambodian, Hmong, Laotian, or Vietnamese).

Student Record