Student Attribute

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Student Attribute enables the assignment of different attributes to students within an academic career or program and group together students with similar student attributes so that they can be tracked and reported on when Student Attribute filters or group breakdowns are used on dashboards.

Where Term Appears
CSUMB Data Warehouse Dashboards:
Filter / Group Breakdown Location:
Data Custodian
Office of the Registrar
Data Source
Source System:CMS - SA
Source Table Name:PS_STDNT_ATTR_VAL
Source Field Name:DESCR
Census Process:No
Logical Transformation / Calculation
OBIEE Folder and Column
Folder Heading:"Student Cohort"
Column Heading:"Student Attribute"

Students can be tagged and belong to multiple different Student Attributes, and attributes can be assigned to students at any time (even during the admissions process).

In the CSUMB Data Warehouse, some Student Attribute values are derived within the data warehouse for reporting on specific topics (e.g. Admission Cohort Type [used for Admissions reporting], GI2025 Cohort [used for GI2025 reporting], and Retention / Graduation [used for Retention and Graduation reporting]). Other values come directly out of the source system.


Examples of Student Attribute values include:

  • Admission Cohort Type
  • Athletics NCAA Tracking
  • Center of Student Success
  • College Assist Migrant Program
  • Former Foster Youth
  • GI2025 Cohort
  • GRAD Research Opport Center
  • Guardian Scholars Program
  • Inside Track
  • Keck STEM SL Research Project
  • Liberal Studies Online
  • Retention / Graduation
  • SSS STEM-Health Science(HS)
  • Super Senior
  • Super Senior PBAC2
  • TRiO Student Support Services
  • UGRD Research Opport Center

Definition Source

"Although student groups enable you track attributes such as participation in clubs, sports, and student government, you might need an additional, more flexible structure that lets you track the attributes of your students based on their career and program. To meet this need, use the Student Attributes feature.

The Student Attributes feature enables you to assign all sorts of attributes to a student within an academic career or program and group together the students with similar student attributes. You can then track and report on the student attribute data. For instance, you can track students that begin their education at the same time as a single cohort by creating a student attribute for undergraduate incoming freshmen and attaching the attribute to the records of these students. You can then use the data for federal reporting and also for institutional research purposes to gain information about the type of students that you have in a particular cohort, such as a student's typical course load or how long it takes a student to complete his or her program and graduate.

You can create multiple attributes and multiple attribute values within a single attribute. Then when you assign these attributes to students, you can attach to their records multiple attributes and multiple values within each student attribute. With this flexibility, your students can belong to as many cohorts as necessary to meet your tracking and reporting needs. You can assign these attributes to students at any time, even during the recruiting and admissions processes because the attributes roll from PeopleSoft Recruiting and Admissions to Student Records as part of the student's academic career and academic program.

Use the Student Attribute Table component to define different student attributes and student attribute values. You can create broad student attributes for entire academic careers, then attach single student attribute values to each of those careers. For example, you can create a student attribute for undergraduate students called Student Cohort. You can then create different values for Student Cohort on the Student Attribute Value Table page (such as Fall 2005 Entry Class, Fall 2006 Entry Class, and Fall 2007 Entry Class). In addition, you can create smaller student attributes for individual academic programs. You can also define student attribute values for plans and subplans and group them under a specific academic program.

After you define all your student attributes and student attribute values, use the Student Attributes page to attach these attributes and attribute values to individual students and build reports on the data so you can track statistics such as how many students in a particular cohort graduated in three years, four years, and five years, and how heavy their course load was. The system also reports a primary student attribute as part of the Consolidate Academic Statistics process."[1]


  1. Oracle. PeopleSoft Campus Solutions 9.2: Student Records. Retrieved from: