We hope you may find this information helpful as you start to plan for next year.
Math and Statistics Preparation
La Follette’s free, online, self-paced Math Preparation course provides instruction and practice problems covering underlying algebra and other math concepts that will be used in PA 818 and PA 880. All students are encouraged to look at the problems and be sure you are familiar with the material, but it is a particularly helpful refresher for students who have not studied math in a few years. The course is not mandatory for all students, but all students are expected to have mastered the skills covered before starting at La Follette.
In order to access the course you should:
- Visit the Learn@UW site: http://learnuw.wisc.edu
- Click the “UW NetID Login” button.
- Type in your UW NetID and password.
- In your Course Dashboard, click the link to La Follette Math Prep under “Current”, “Ongoing”.
Please contact the following La Follette staff/faculty if you have any questions in these areas:
In addition, we recommend the following resources that cover some of the statistical concepts that will be covered in PA 818. There will be course time devoted to these concepts, so you are not expected to master this material by the end of summer. However, we cannot stress strongly enough how important it is for those of you who have never studied these concepts, or have not studied them in the past couple years, to put in time this summer so that you are set up for success when you arrive at La Follette:
- Modern Business Statistics: Chapters 4- 5.3
Modern Business Statistics (Anderson, Sweeney, & Williams, 2012) is the text for PA 818. You can purchase it ahead of time (e.g., from Amazon) or wait until the beginning of the semester and purchase the book from the La Follette School Student Association. Familiarizing yourself with the concepts in chapters 4 and 5 will be particularly helpful.
- Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/math/statistics-probability
Khan Academy has a great collection of “how to” videos that cover the kinds of probability and statistical concepts that will be discussed in PA 818. Most of the topics here are relevant expect for the last three (inference for categorical data, advanced regression, analysis of variance).
- Supplementary readings
We also recommend the following supplementary statistics texts:
The Cartoon Guide to Statistics, by Larry Gonick & Woollcott Smith (1993)
Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics, by Neil J. Salkind (6th edition, 2017)
La Follette School Orientation
Orientation for new students will be on Thursday, August 31st, a few days before the first day of classes which this year will be Tuesday, September 6th. This will be an opportunity for you to meet some faculty members, students, and staff. The orientation agenda will be sent to you in June.
Enrollment Instructions and Information:
Fall courses for first-year, first semester:
Faculty Advisors: All students will be assigned to a faculty advisor in August.
If you are finishing your undergraduate degree at the end of this May:
Your account at the UW will be placed on hold until you finish the admissions process which means sending your final official transcript to the La Follette School. Please send official transcripts to Mo O'Connor, La Follette School Admissions, 1225 Observatory Hill Drive, Madison, WI 53706.
If you are a UW-Madison student finishing your degree in May:
If you would like to look at last year’s syllabi, you can go to the student resource page: http://www.lafollette.wisc.edu/students/.
New syllabi for fall 2016 will be available at the end of August 2016. Textbook information will be available in the course guide when you enroll. Please do not make text purchases based on last fall’s syllabus.
Please look at the International Student Services website: www.iss.wisc.edu. If you have questions about getting your student visa, changes to your visa, travel questions, or others, please contact their very helpful office.
Most graduate students fund their first year of education through personal savings and subsidized and unsubsidized loans. A few first year students find jobs on campus that begin in the fall. The best place to find opportunities is this website: www.finaid.wisc.edu/student-jobs.htm.
More information on cost and tuition can be found here: http://www.grad.wisc.edu/education/admissions/costs.html
UW-Madison Housing website: http://www.housing.wisc.edu/
Off campus Housing website: https://campusareahousing.wisc.edu/
If you need to make plans during breaks, the academic calendar for next year is here: www.secfac.wisc.edu/acadcal
To activate your WISC.EDU email address go to www.registrar.wisc.edu/email_address_requirements_student.htm. This will be the email address that all official communication will be sent to beginning in the fall from La Follette and other University offices. If you prefer to get your email at another address you will have to have your WISC email forwarded to your alternate email address.
Please send us a short paragraph about yourself
Other resources/recommendations for UW-Madison Graduate Students
-The Graduate School provides student services as well. If you have questions about graduate school in general you can take advantage of their information and opportunities: UW Madison Graduate School website: www.grad.wisc.edu
-LIKE the La Follette School of Public Affairs on facebook!
For more information/questions please contact us:
Student Services Associate: