A track is a type of subplan for a non-degree plan code in the special student career. Tracks define a specific student profile and indicate their purpose for enrolling as a special student at UW-Madison. In limited situations, new tracks can be created and utilized in course requisites to allow these students to enroll for a course where they do not otherwise meet stated course requisites because their course work from other institutions is not transferred and/or transcripted. Tracks in the special student career are approved through the Division of Continuing Studies but must also have support from a school/college if the program represented by the track is related to a program or unit in that school/college.
Tracks are allowable for use in course requisites because they identify students that have a specific academic background/preparation appropriate for the specific program.
Includes programs such as Badger Ready, Odyssey, Odyssey Beyond Bars, and Summer Language programs. These programs have a review-based admission process within the school/college/department before applying and being admitted as a special student (the pre-selected indication). The administrative work associated with applications is not managed by DCS. DCS must approve admissions and enrollment every term.
A formal exchange program where students from other institutions may come to UW-Madison. These are established exchange programs separate from the Visiting International audience.
Note: It is important to keep in mind whether the students are undergraduates or graduate students at their home institution; it may be necessary to create more than one track depending on whether the students are undergraduates or graduate/professional students, in compliance with the policy on Course Numbers.
For international students who wish to study at UW–Madison for one or more semesters and are not part of a formal exchange program through a school, college, or department, and is separate from the core VISP program. Students admitted into this program must be declared into the appropriate plan code related to their current academic status, as an undergraduate, graduate or dissertator for immigration/visa as well as academic purposes.
VISP programs may used for programs interested in creating an on-ramp for a Masters (3 + 1 + 1). It is allowable for departments to create separate VISP tracks for different audiences.
Note: keep in mind that you may need to create more than one track depending on your audience, in compliance with the policy on Course Numbers.
You will need to coordinate with the Division of Continuing Studies (DCS) and your school/college Dean's office.