Data Resources & Requests for Campus Users
The Graduate School Explorer contains aggregate data on admissions, enrollment, student funding, degree and program completion rates, and doctoral career outcomes. NetID login is required.
The Graduate Admissions Competitor Landscape visualization presents data on the national postsecondary institutions competing with UW–Madison graduate programs for new student admissions. Dashboards display the institutional enrollments of new graduate admits over the past five years as well as the reasons reported by admits for not accepting UW–Madison graduate program offers of admission.
The Graduate School administers three required student surveys: the Doctoral Exit Survey, the Master’s Exit Survey, and the Doctoral Student Experience Survey. To access survey data, click on the corresponding link below.
Graduate School Data Requests
This KB provides guidelines for data requests involving Graduate School data at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specifically for the Office of Academic Analysis, Planning & Assessment. The document provides general information about data resources and tools available campus-wide that would be useful in obtaining and analyzing data related to the Graduate School, as well as outlining best practices when making custom data requests to the Graduate School when existing data resources are insufficient.
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Graduate School Surveys
Each year the Graduate School administers three web-based surveys--the Doctoral Exit Survey, the Master's Exit Survey, and the Doctoral Student Experience Survey. The first two exit surveys collect information from graduate students completing their degrees at UW-Madison, while the third survey collects information from doctoral students transitioning to the dissertator stage of their program. All three surveys solicit feedback on students' academic experiences (e.g. program quality, support, advising), and gather information on post-degree career plans. Survey data are used internally by the Graduate School to help inform policy review and development. Data are also regularly shared with graduate degree programs in the form of interactive data visualizations to support program assessment and review efforts.
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Graduate School Explorer
These KBs provide guidance to faculty and staff in how to best utilize the Graduate School Explorer (GSE), the primary reporting dashboard for graduate student data, as well as the three associated Institutional Data Exporters (IDEs).
The Graduate School Explorer User Guide provides general guidance on how to get access to and how to effectively use the GSE. It is NOT an exhaustive list of all of the features, definitions, or query structures behind the visualization.
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The Graduate School Explorer Technical Guide provides a more in-depth level of documentation to supplement the Graduate School Explorer User Guide and the Graduate School Explorer IDE User Guide. It provides more technical definitions, query structure details, and other important contexts behind the Graduate School Explorer visualization and its associated IDEs.
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The Graduate School Explorer IDE User Guide provides general guidance on how to effectively use the various Institutional Data Exporters associated with the GSE. It is NOT an exhaustive list of all of the features, definitions, or query structures behind the IDEs.
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Academic Planning and Institutional Research (APIR) maintains an academic structure visualization that serves as the single source of truth for program structure and approved governance actions.
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