The Office of Institutional Research publishes data in
documents, such as the CSU Factbook Enrollment Report,
that use terms that may be unfamiliar to the reader. The
document presented below provides the working definitions
of these terms as well as examples to further illustrate
Faculty Full-Time Equivalent (Faculty FTE)
FTE is a measure of work expended or courses
taught by faculty
in the academic area. There are two types of faculty
or part-time status of faculty is defined by contract.
A full-time faculty member is generally equal to 1 EFTE.
In other word, all university employees with a full-time
status also equal to1 EFTE.
Instructional FTE (IFTE)
The Instructional FTE is assigned to only employees who teach. It can be described
as a measurement of the teaching load of faculty in a given term. Instructional
FTE is intended to measure the teaching duties of all faculties and instructors
of record. This concept is particularly useful in allowing several part-time
individuals to be equated to an equivalent number of full-time individuals. The
or part-time status of faculty is generally defined by contract. Full-time faculty
equal 1 EFTE. Part-time faculty appointment fractions are accumulated to an equivalency
of full-time appointments. For example, an instructor teaching one 3 credit hours
course will have 3/12=.25 IFTE provided 12 hours is a full-time teaching load
for the faculty (may vary between departments and colleges). IFTE does not reflect
any assignment for advisement, committee work, publishing or research which are
included in the job duties of faculty. Therefore, any IFTE data should be interpreted
with limitations in mind, since the amount of time and energy devoted to other
instructional tasks are not accounted for. Generally a chairperson will have
.5 or .33 IFTE because of his/her split duties between teaching and administration.
For an example, see FTE
of Fall Teaching Faculty in the latest CSU Factbook
Student Term Full-Time Equivalent (Student
Student Term FTE is a unit of measure derived from the
Student Credit Hour (SCH). Generally, 1 Term FTE is equivalent
to 15 student credit hours (established by the Ohio Board
Student Term FTE = SCH/15
For an example of this, see Fall
Enrollment Trends in
the latest Factbook.
Student Credit Hours (SCH)
SCH is the sum of the credits that students generate, regardless of their full
or part-time status and is registered and paid for the term. It is equal
to the product of Credit Hours by Enrollment:
SCH = CRS * HC ENR
For an example of this, see Total
Student Credit Hours in the latest Factbook.
Credit Hours (CRS)
Credit Hours refer to the number of credit hours awarded through the course in
progress toward a degree, certificate, or other formal award including remedial
Headcount Enrollment (HC ENR)
HC Enrollment is the number of students in the section of a course. According
to university policy, anyone registered and paid for credit courses, regardless
of full-time or part-time status, is included.
For an example of this, see Fall
Enrollment Trends in the latest Factbook.
Note: Student Full Time Equivalent is different from Student Full-time Load.
Full-time load means any student taking 12 or more credit hours in undergraduate
level and 9 credit hours in graduate level (may vary between departments and
colleges) in a given term.
Student/Faculty Ratio (S/F)
One way of measuring instructional
workload is comparing the number of faculty members with
the number of students. The Student /Faculty Ratio is
calculated by dividing the Student Term Full-Time Equivalent
Term FTE) by Instructional Full-Time equivalent (IFTE)
for the term:
S/F = Student Term FTE / IFTE for the Term
An example of this data is available in the Factbook
in the FTE
of Fall Teaching Faculty table.
The Annualized FTE is calculated as the sum of annual student
credit hours divided by 30:
(Summer SCH + Fall SCH + Spring SCH)/30
AY 2003 Annualized FTE = (Summer 2002 SCH + Fall 2002 SCH
+ Spring 2003 SCH)/30
The Classification of Instructional
Programs (CIP) is developed by U.S. Department of Education’s
National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which
classifies education program descriptions and titles
at the secondary and postsecondary. For more detailed
definition and descriptions of postsecondary education
programs, please see the CIP
Code Guide published by
the National Center for Education Statistics.