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GRS Community Profiles

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This workbook presents select graduate program statistics to support annual Graduate Research Scholar Community reports. More information on the GRS Fellowships and Communities can be found at

Separate dashboards in the workbook display aggregate data on the demographic characteristics of applicants and enrolled students, as well as providing data related to funding, time-to-degree, and completion rates.

Filter controls apply to each dashboard individually and should be reapplied when changing dashboards. Each dashboard allows for comparison between the program and the larger GRS community to provide additional context to the reported numbers.

Report URL
Data Cookbook URL (requires authorization)
Data Domain(s)
Admissions, Student Record
Access Restrictions
Student Record Data Restricted
Data Source Information
InfoAccess, Other
Data View Information
Update Schedule
Data are updated annually in September for the prior academic year.
Responsible Office
Graduate School Office of Academic Analysis, Planning, & Assessment


Name Functional Definition Data Domains
Academic Award Completion Term

The academic term in which an academic award was granted.

Academic Planning, Student Record
Academic Award Plan Academic plan corresponding to an academic award. Academic Planning, Student Record
Academic Plan

An area of study--such as a major, minor, or certificate--that is within an academic career.

Academic Planning, Student Record
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
Admit (Graduate Career)

Recommendation by an academic department to the Graduate School to admit a graduate applicant. Valid department reason codes in the Graduate School application system are G60 (full admission), G61 (admission on probation), G63 (master's only admission), G65 (admission with deficiencies), and G66 (admission on probation with deficiencies).

Applicants may also be counted as admits if they are approved for admission by the Graduate School Office of Admissions. Valid Graduate School action reason codes are G11 (admit-full standing), G13 (admit-missing final transcript), G17 (admit on probation), and G18 (temporary admit on probation).

Admissions, Student Record
Advanced Opportunity Fellowship (AOF)

Advanced Opportunity Fellowships (AOF) are intended to support the recruitment and retention of highly qualified underrepresented students in UW–Madison graduate programs. Graduate program applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who meet at least one of the following basic criteria are flagged in the Graduate Application system as eligible to receive the AOF:

  1. McNair students: students who participated in a Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program; OR
  2. Students from the following racial/ethnic groups: a) African American or Black; b) American Indian or Alaskan Native; c) Hispanic/Latino; d) Cambodian, Vietnamese, Laotian, or Hmong; e) Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; OR
  3. Economically disadvantaged students: a) first-generation college students who participated in one of the following TRIO programs: Upward Bound, Talent Search, Educational Opportunities Centers, or Student Support Services; b) first-generation college students who graduated from the PEOPLE Program; or c) UW–Madison bachelor's degree recipients who were in the FASTrack or BANNER programs.

Students who do not meet any of the above criteria may still be nominated for the fellowship by their academic program. Nominations are judged on a case by case basis.

Financial Aid

An individual who has submitted an application to be considered for admission.

Student Record
Career (Academic Structure)

A broad grouping of students related to their degree objectives and admitting office. Used for tuition charges, awarding financial aid, grading scales and other operational functions.

Academic Planning, Student Record

A specific group of students established for tracking purposes based on an event shared by the group of students. Examples include entrance cohorts and graduation cohorts.

Student Record
Degree Level

The type of award granted to a student who graduates in a given plan code.

Valid Values:


Research Doctorate
Clinical Doctorate

Academic Planning, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Full Funding Appointment

Graduate research assistant, teaching assistant, project assistant, fellow and trainee appointments equivalent to 33% time or higher are considered 'Full Funding' as they typically qualify the student for tuition remission and other benefits such as health insurance. Students with multiple concurrent appointments with a combined FTE (Full Time Equivalent) of 33% or higher are also categorized as receiving full funding.

Employee Record, Financial Aid, Student Record
Graduate Research Scholar (GRS) Group

A code assigned by The Graduate School to plans (type MAJ) under its purview to indicate with which Graduate Research Scholars group the plan is associated. The Graduate Research Scholar (GRS) communities augment the standard curriculum with academic, social and professional development programming.

Academic Planning
Graduation Rate

The percentage of students in a cohort who have graduated as of a specified measurement period.

Student Record
International Students

Non-immigrant visitors who come to the United States temporarily to take classes.

University of Wisconsin - Madison
New Plan Enrollment

A student in the first term of an academic plan.  New enrollments may be either new to a career or entering a new academic plan within a career. 

Admissions, Student Record
Primary Funding Category

The title category of a graduate student assistant with a tuition remission-eligible appointment. Title categories include Fellow, Trainee, Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant, & Project Assistant. For students with multiple eligible appointments, the appointment with the highest FTE is considered the primary funding category. For students with multiple appointments at the same FTE, the primary funding category is based on the following order: Fellow, Trainee, Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant, Project Assistant. 

Employee Record, Financial Aid, Student Record
Program (Academic Structure)

A group of academic plans that share characteristics within an academic group. Academic program code controls administrative functions such as min credits, max credits, tuition rates, academic standing, grading schemes, full-time/part-time standing, financial aid primacy number.

Academic Planning, Student Record
Race/Ethnicity (Federal)

The methodology specified by the federal government for classifying individuals' self-reported race/ethnicity into a single race/ethnicity category. An individual who self-reports as Hispanic ethnicity is classified as Hispanic even if other racial identities are provided. Individuals who do not self-report as Hispanic are classified in their single race category if only one race was provided, or in a "2 or more races" category if more than one race is provided. Student race/ethnicity only applies to domestic (non-international) students.

Employee Record, Student Record
Retention Rate

The percentage of students in a cohort who are enrolled in one measurement period and also enrolled in a subsequent measurement period.

Student Record

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

University of Wisconsin - Madison
Time to Degree

Elapsed Calendar Time to Degree in years from academic career matriculation term start date to degree completion term conferral date. This is displayed to three decimal places.

Academic Planning, 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