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GSTS - Academic Advisement Report Structure
This document provides an overview of the Academic Advisement Report structure and the information it contains. Additionally, it provides information to help users read the report and understand the different requirements for graduate students.
Introduction to the Academic Advisement ReportThe Graduate Student Tracking System (GSTS) provides access to Academic Advisement Reports for graduate students which track the academic requirements a student needs to fulfill in order to complete a Master's or Doctoral degree program at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
All of the requirements built into the Academic Advisement Reports come from the Requirements tab on program's guide page. At this point in time it is important to be aware that prior coursework and course exceptions/waivers may not be reflected. These reports also do not track double majors, dual degrees, joint degrees, or doctoral minors. In addition, due to significant changes in policy for graduate degree requirements in Fall 2014, students who began their program prior to that time will not have a report.
Report Structure IntroductionEach Academic Advisement Report has five main sections which are shown and explained below.
At the top of each report there is a GSTS Report Information section which provides information about what the report shows, it's general purpose, where the information for the report comes from, and some of the restrictions.
The next section is a temporary section that you may see come and go from reports. The Under Construction section let's users know that specific Program Coursework Requirements are in the process of being built or updated, so what is showing may not be official.
The third section of the report shows specific Program Coursework Requirements. These requirements come from the Required Courses or Courses Required section of the Requirements tab on a program's Guide page.
Until a program goes through the on-boarding process with the GSTS Project Team the Program Coursework Requirements will not show up on the report.
The fourth section of these reports is the Minimum Requirements section. This information is pulled from the the Curricular Requirements section of the Requirements tab on a program's Guide page.
The final section of an Academic Advisement Report is the Informational Data section. This section acts as a bucket to "catch" any courses that are not used to fulfill the Program Coursework Requirements. Often times graduate students exceed the minimum program requirements for coursework, or are taking courses outside of their program to fulfill the Doctoral minor/breadth requirement. This section displays those courses additional courses so a complete coursework history for students can be found in the report. Additionally, while programs are going through the on-boarding process this section holds all of their classes until the specific Program Coursework Requirements have been built and these courses have a place to slot in.