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Data Definitions

Terms to know


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Following is a list of the most commonly used terms and related definitions throughout this Web site.

FTE - full-time equivalents

  • FTE student (FTES) - full-time equivalent student, calculated by dividing student credit hours by 30
  • Fiscal year FTES - includes summer, fall and spring student credit hours divided by 30
  • Term FTES - full-time equivalent student for a single semester, calculated by dividing student credit hours by 15
  • FTEF - full-time equivalent faculty

Headcount students - the number of individual students enrolled for a semester. In most cases, headcount only includes students that are reportable to the state, e.g., enrolled in D1 or H1.

SCH - student credit hours, derived by multiplying the number of students enrolled in a course by the course credit (e.g., 3.0 credit hours x 30 students = 90 SCH)

SFR - student/faculty ratio (FTES divided by FTEF)

NRA - nonresident alien