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This workbook provides information about current activity in the Lumen system. Lumen is the gateway for faculty, curricular representatives, and governance bodies to update, track, and approve functions related to courses, curriculum and programs. Details about each visualization are below:

Course Proposals: shows all course proposals currently in progress with filters related to the course owner and where the proposal is in the governance approval process.

Program Proposals: shows all program proposals currently in progress with filters related to the program owner, the type of proposal and where it is in the governance approval and publication process.

Lumen/Guide Roles Directory: lists all Lumen/Guide workflow roles and their members filterable by school/college, department and role type. Includes identifiers for who is a chair or dean and which members are no longer employed by the university.

Obsolete Course Proposal Process: shows all courses identified as obsolete per policy in progress for the current academic year and where the proposal is in the governance process. Includes filters for school/college/division, department, subject or crosslist, course title, and waiver status.

Report URL
Data Cookbook URL (requires authorization)
Data Domain(s)
Academic Planning
Access Restrictions
UW-Madison Employees (NetID Required)
Data Source Information
Data View Information
Uses Lumen data views.
Update Schedule
Weekdays, 7:00 AM
Responsible Office
Academic Planning and Institutional Research


Name Functional Definition Data Domains

A period of instruction: Fall, Spring, or Summer.

University of Wisconsin - Madison

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

University of Wisconsin - Madison
Course Title

The official name of the course.

Academic Planning
Department (Academic Structure)

An entity approved by academic governance to serve at least one of three academic purposes: serve as the academic home for a plan, serve as the academic home of a subject, or serve as a faculty tenure home. The status of an academic organization as academic owner is established through faculty/shared governance approval process; each plan and subject has one academic organization designated as an academic owner. Academic organizations are tied to the budgetary UDD (A####).

Academic Planning, Employee Record
School or College

Those faculty units headed by a dean. The dean is the chief executive officer of the school or college, and is appointed by the chancellor under search and screen procedures as set forth in 6.49. The dean must hold a tenured faculty rank as set forth in Chapter 7 of these rules. Other subunits of the university that include the term "school" in their titles are not considered schools for purposes of this chapter; they may be designated by the chancellor, in consultation with the University Committee, as equivalent to departments for any or all of the purposes described in Chapter 5. A school or college shall be created or discontinued, or the name of an existing school or college changed, by the chancellor after consultation with the University Committee, subject to the approval of the Board of Regents. Creation of a school or college with academic programs at the post-baccalaureate graduate or professional level is also subject to the approval of the legislature. Recommendations concerning these matters shall be reported to the faculties of the schools or colleges directly affected and to the senate for discussion.

Academic Planning, Employee Record, Research Administration, Student Record
Workflow Role

The name of the workflow role responsible for approving a proposal at a specific step of workflow in Lumen or Guide.

Academic Planning
Role Type

Groups Lumen and Guide workflow roles according to their general function or level of approval.
For example: Dept. Approver, Subject Approver, School/College Approver, GUIDE, UCC Approver and UAPC Approver

Academic Planning