Glossary

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Academic year
The year beginning with summer term and ending with spring term.

Admitted student
Student admitted to a degree program (e.g., bachelor's, master's).

All ranks average salary
The weighted average salary of professors, associate professors, assistant professors, and instructors. To provide a more comparable all ranks average in peer salary comparisons, the distribution by faculty rank is standardized to reflect 35% professors, 30% associate professors, 30% assistant professors, and 5% instructors.

Applied
Student who applied for admission to an OUS degree program.

Attrition rate
The percentage of entering freshmen who have not graduated and who are no longer enrolled at an OUS institution.

Average faculty salary
The average salary of full-time 9-month and 12-month instructional faculty. Salaries of 12-month faculty are converted to a 9-month basis by multiplying the salary by .8182.

Base enrollment
Enrollment in regular credit courses. Excludes enrollment in summer session, continuing education, or remedial courses.

Completer
Student who completed a course of study and received a diploma (high school) or a degree (college).

Consumer Price Index (CPI)
The Portland Consumer Price Index, used in all CPI data reported here.

COUC
Central Oregon University Center in Bend, Oregon.

Credit hour enrollment
The credit hour value of a course or courses multiplied by the number of students enrolled in the course or courses.

Current Replacement Value
The estimated cost of replacing a structure as determined by each campus physical plant, based on contemporary per unit cost by building type (e.g., housing, library, parking garage).

Discipline (CIP)
The academic discipline as reflected in the Classification of Instructional Programs published by the National Center for Education Statistics, for which a "CIP" code is assigned. 

Distance education
The delivery of instruction to students located throughout the state, using a variety of technologies and telecommunications networks.

Education and General funds
Education and General budget comprises that portion of the seven universities, along with the Chancellor's Office, that is associated with providing the instructional and support services to students and faculty, plus the managerial and administrative support functions necessary to provide those services.

Educational source
The school or college the student last attended prior to entering the OUS institution.

Enrollment demand
The estimated number of students who would attend an Oregon University System institution, assuming no budget or financial restrictions or policies that would serve to reduce or increase enrollment. Demand estimates take into account projected numbers of high school graduates and historical freshman participation rates.

Ethnic group
Ethnic or racial category with which a person most closely identifies. Reported categories are those listed on the federal IPEDS reports: African American (Black); American Indian/Alaska Native); Asian/Pacific Islander; Black/African American; Hispanic/Latino (non-white); and White, (including people of Middle Eastern origins). Students of mixed race who do not identify with the above categories are reported in the "unknown" category. These ethnic categories do not include international students, who are reported separately under "nonresident alien."

Expenditure budgets, limited
Represents expenditures or budgets for those programs and activities for which the Legislature has set an expenditure limitation. An expenditure limitation is the maximum amount that can be expended on a program or activity.

Expenditure budgets, non-limited
Represents expenditures or budgets for those programs and activities for which the Legislature has not set an expenditure limitation. Expenditures in these activities are limited only by the available resources.

Extended enrollment
Enrollment in self-supported courses, such as continuing education or remedial courses. Includes summer session.

Faculty
See Instructional faculty, full-time and Instructional faculty, part-time.

Faculty course credits
See Instructor course credits.

Fee category
Base enrollment category reflecting the type of fee assessed (e.g., resident, nonresident).

First-time freshmen
Students attending an OUS institution for the first time who were admitted on the basis of their high school performance (including those with a limited amount of college transfer credit).

Freshman participation rate
The percentage of OUS first-time freshmen from Oregon high schools divided by the total number of Oregon high school graduates of the previous year.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment
Term FTE enrollment is calculated as student credit hours divided by 15 for undergraduates; by 12 for master' level; by 9 for doctoral level; and by 14 for law. For veterinary medicine, one headcount equals one FTE. Annual FTE is calculated as annual credit hours (including continuing education and summer session) divided by 45 for undergraduates, by 36 for master's level, by 36 for professional level (law and veterinary medicine), and by 27 for doctoral level.

General fund, total operating budget
State of Oregon General Fund resources for use in the operating budget, exclusive of capital construction.

Grade point average (GPA)
Average grade based on a scale of 0 to 4 grade points, where A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, and F = 0.

Graduation rate
The percentage of the freshman cohort completing the bachelor's degree either at the OUS institution in which they entered as freshmen or at another OUS institution.

Headcount enrollment, duplicated
The number of times students enrolled during a multi-term reporting period. For example, a student enrolling in fall, winter, and spring terms of the academic year would have a duplicated headcount of three.

Headcount enrollment, unduplicated
A count of distinct students enrolled during a multi-term reporting period (usually, an academic year). Students who enroll in more than one term during the reporting period are counted only once. However, students having both admitted undergraduate and admitted graduate status in separate terms during the reporting period are counted twice in unduplicated totals.

High school GPA
High school grade point average.

Higher Education Price Index (HEPI)
Prepared by Research Associates of Washington, the Higher Education Price Index measures yearly price changes in over 100 items purchased by colleges and universities for their current operations. It is used nationwide by over 600 institutions and government agencies as the recognized measure of price inflation in higher education in the United States.

Independent or individualized study
Non-formal class arrangements between an instructor and a student for irregular hours of instruction. Includes such classes as dissertation, field experience, internship, practicum, reading and conference, research, student teaching, and thesis.

Instruction fee
That portion of tuition used to help support the Education and General budget.

Instructor course credits
The total credit hour value of courses taught by an instructor, including independent study courses.

Instructional faculty, full-time
Regular faculty with a total institutional FTE of .90 or greater whose primary assignment is instruction (more than .50 FTE in an instructional department). Includes regular faculty on sabbatical leave.

Instructional faculty, part-time
Regular faculty with a total institutional FTE of less than .90 whose primary assignment is instruction.

Instructional FTE
The full-time equivalent (FTE) of ranked faculty, graduate assistants, and other instructors engaged in teaching, based on the portion of each faculty member's workload that was funded from instructional accounts within the Education and General budget.

IPEDS
Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, part of a series of reports collected annually by the National Center for Education Statistics. Formerly called the Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) prior to 1982.

ITFS
Instructional Television Fixed Services.

NCRI
National Coastal Research and Development Institute.

Non-admitted students
Students enrolled in credit courses in the regular campus program but not admitted to a degree program.

Noncredit enrollment
Offerings aimed at upgrading skills and maintaining licensure, for which degree credit is not awarded. Noncredit enrollment also includes, for example, programs aimed at youth and seniors, conferences, community education and personal development courses; and separate contracts between organizations and the OUS institution(s).

Nonresident
The fee status category of students who are assessed the nonresident fee.

Nonresident alien
A student or faculty member who is neither a U.S. citizen nor a resident alien.

OCATE
Oregon Center for Advanced Technology Education.

OCECS
Oregon College of Engineering and Computer Science.

Organized classes
Classes with scheduled meeting times and places, and offered for credit. Examples would include lectures and seminars.

OUS
Oregon University System. Consists of seven public four-year institutions in Oregon: Eastern Oregon University, Oregon Institute of Technology, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Southern Oregon University, the University of Oregon, and Western Oregon University. The Oregon Health Sciences University, formerly a member institution in OUS, became an affiliated institution on July 1, 1995.

Part-time undergraduate
For most purposes, and consistent with national definitions, a part-time undergraduate is one who is enrolled in fewer than 12 credit hours per term. In addition, students enrolled in fewer than 9 credit hours may enroll under the OUS Part-Time Fee Policy.

Postbac non-grad
Students enrolled in a second baccalaureate program who have already received a first baccalaureate, and who pay fees through the Postbaccalaureate Non-graduate Fee Policy.

Rank (faculty)
Regular faculty with ranks of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, instructor (including senior instructor), and lecturer.

Resident
The fee status category of students who are assessed the resident fee.

Retention rate
The percentage of the freshman cohort either completing the bachelor's degree or still enrolled at an OUS institution.

SAT score
Scholastic Assessment Test score normally required for freshman admission to OUS, represented as SAT-Math, SAT-Verbal, and SAT-Combined.

SCARF
Student Centralized Administrative Reporting File, the common data base of unit record student data developed and maintained by the OUS Office of Institutional Research.

Sponsored research dollars
Includes sponsored research, teaching/training grants, and library grants. Excludes federal funds associated with land grant university programs.

Student budget
Average student expenditures for tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses.

Student pool (financial aid)
For purposes of financial aid analysis, the student pool is the unduplicated headcount of admitted students —full-time, part-time, undergraduate, and graduate students ¾ enrolled for credit during the academic year (summer, fall, winter, and spring terms).

SWOUC
Southwestern Oregon University Center in Coos Bay.

Total Board resource redistribution
Funds held in a Board of Higher Education account for redistribution to OUS institutions.

Tuition and fee rates
The total mandatory charges assessed students for enrolling in the institution, including instruction, building, incidental, health service, and any resource fees.


Revised: May 1999
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