Data Resources for Academic Planning

The university has a breadth of data resources designed to help schools/colleges, departments, and programs with their academic planning activities. This webpage is designed to highlight the most frequently accessed and pertinent resources. If you have questions about these tools or academic planning in general, please contact Karen Mittelstadt in Academic Planning and Institutional Research.

Repository of Administrative Dashboards and Reports (RADAR): RADAR is designed to be a one-stop, central portal for exploring and locating dashboards and reports that span curricular, faculty and staff, finance, research, and student data. Some dashboards and reports are available to anyone, others require authentication. When you get to the RADAR dashboard, you’ll see search/filter options. If you select “Academic Planning” from the drop-down menu for the Data Domain field, you will be presented with the menu of useful visualizations.

Tableau: Tableau is a data visualization tool that allows users to interact with data through dynamic and interactive dashboards, graphs, maps, etc. Administered by the Office of Data Management and Analytics Services (ODMAS), there are more than 100 Tableau workbooks in production. Any UW-Madison employee with a NetID and password can log into Tableau. Some of the visualizations that are most useful for academic planning are:

  • Academic Structure: Presents the university’s governance-approved academic structure, including subjects, plans and subplans, and departments.
  • CIP Code Assignments: Includes information about Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code assignments for degree and certificate programs. It also contains information about degree/majors that are eligible for the federal STEM-OPT program, which is based on CIP Code assignments.
  • Course Catalog: Provides information about the courses in UW-Madison’s Course Catalog that have been approved by the University Curriculum Committee and are available for scheduling. Information about these courses include the course subject listings, departments, and school/colleges that offer these courses; course attributes related to general education, breadth, level, and applicability to graduate programs; as well as information about cross-listing and when courses were last taught.
  • Headcounts of Enrolled Students: Presents student enrollments in majors, named options, certificates, and doctoral minors. The information can be disaggregated by degree level, school/college, department, and major for all terms. Student demographic information is provided, including gender, full-time/part-time status, residency status, minority status, targeted minority status, international status, and term admit type.
  • Lumen Tools – a series of vizes providing information about current activity in the Lumen system.
    • Lumen Course Proposals: Shows all course proposals currently in progress and filters related to the subject owner, the type of proposal, and where it is in the governance approval and publication process.  A separate tab provides information about courses that are subject to the annual obsolete course process.
    • Lumen Program Proposals: Shows all program proposals currently in progress and filters related to the program owner, the type of proposal, and where it is in the governance approval and publication process.
    • Lumen/Guide Directory: A filterable list of all workflow roles and their members for Lumen and Guide.
  • Trends in Degrees and Related Data: Provides information about degrees, degree recipient demographics, majors, named options, certificates, and doctoral minors. This data reflects earned awards (i.e., degrees and certificates) and the students who earned the awards.

UW System Academic Majors: This UW System dashboard provides information on all academic majors offered at the UW institutions and their mode of delivery, suspension status, and changes over time.

Data Digest: The university’s Data Digest provides comprehensive quantitative information on the major dimensions of the university, including students, faculty, staff, and budget. It is published annually in March.

Program Review Status Tracker: This Google sheet is a current tracking of the status of program review, searchable by school/college, department, program, and/or review status.

Graduate Data Explorer: The Graduate School Explorer (GSE) is an interactive data visualization that provides information about student admissions, enrollment, funding, degrees, program completion, and career outcomes for the UW–Madison Graduate School. The GSE allows users to drill down by degree level, student demographic categories, academic discipline, academic plan, named option, cohort, and term. In addition, the Graduate School maintains a KnowledgeBase document titled Graduate School Data Requests that features a variety of data resources and tools useful for academic analysis, planning, and assessment.

Student Learning Assessment Plan Repository: The Student Learning Assessment unit maintains this central repository of all program assessment plans.

APIR Consolidated Resources: Academic Planning and Institutional Research also maintains webpages that feature a variety of resources related to the following topics: