IR Definitions

Academic Year
A group of Fall & Spring semesters and the subsequent Summer terms. For graduation rates, the academic year is grouped as Summer, Fall and the subsequent Spring terms.

Alumni
A living graduate of one of the degree-programs of BGSU.

Credit Hour
It is the unit of measure toward attainment of degree. 1 credit = 50 minutes of instruction per week over the entire term.

Degree Seeking Student
A student enrolled in courses for credit that the institution recognizes as seeking a degree or formal award.

Developmental Courses
These are college preparatory courses that enable a student to engage in a normal college curriculum. These courses are not applied toward a degree.

Duplicated Headcount
Counts an enrolled student multiple times, if they are attending both campuses, or are enrolled in multiple colleges and/or majors. Also see Unduplicated Headcount below.

Enrolled Credit Hours
The number of credit hours multiplied by the number of enrolled students in a given course. This quantity is also equal to the sum of Student Credit Hours.

Eligible Student Credit Hours (SCH)
A student’s enrollment in a course is determined ‘eligible’ for state subsidy providing the enrollment meets the criteria determined by the Ohio Board of Regents.

First-time Freshman
Enrolled student not previously enrolled at any college who has earned a high school diploma or GED.

Fiscal Year (FY)
A twelve-month period of time starting each July 1.

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Faculty
Faculty FTE is equal to the number of semester undergraduate course credit hours taught per year divided by 24.

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Student
Student FTE is a hypothetical student who enrolls in 15 credit hours per semester.

Full-time (FT) Faculty
The standard load for all full-time faculty on nine-month contracts is 24 load credits per academic year and includes load credit for teaching, administrative responsibility, research/creative activity, instructional support, and service.

Full-time (FT) Student
Undergraduate enrolled for 12 or more credit hours in a semester, including developmental course credits. Graduate enrolled for 9 or more credit hours per term.

Guest Student
Student who is regularly enrolled and eligible to continue at another institution and who is enrolled at BGSU for specified courses.

Headcount
Headcount by college includes all declared majors, not just those formally admitted into college. Students are counted only once by the home college of the program in which they are enrolled.

Higher Education Information (HEI)
The Higher Education Information (HEI) system contains data supplied by Ohio's colleges and universities. It is a comprehensive relational database that includes data on students, courses, faculty, facilities, and finances.

Ineligible Student Credit Hours (SCH)
A student’s enrollment in a course is determined ‘ineligible’ for state subsidy when the enrollment does not meet the criteria determined by the Ohio Board of Regents.

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) is a system of surveys designed to collect data from all primary providers of postsecondary education. IPEDS is a single, comprehensive system designed to encompass all institutions and educational organizations whose primary purpose is to provide postsecondary education. The IPEDS system is built around a series of interrelated surveys to collect institution-level data in such areas as enrollments, program completions, faculty, staff, and finances.

Non-Degree Seeking Student
A student not enrolled in a degree or certificate program. This includes unclassified students, guest students, or students who take courses without obtaining a grade-point value or a grade of noncredit or credit.

Non-Tenure Track
Faculty not eligible for tenure; includes some instructors and visiting appointments.

Part-time Faculty
Part-time faculty typically teach no more than 21 load credits per academic year.

Part-time Students
Undergraduate students enrolled for less than 12 credit hours. Graduate students enrolled for less than 9 credit hours.

Persistence
A student who continues to re-enroll toward an academic goal.

Retention Rate
A retention rate is the percentage of students in a given cohort who are enrolled at BGSU in a specified term and re-enrolled in another specified term (usually one year later) or have graduated during that timeframe. The number of students in the cohort is the denominator of the rate; the number of students enrolled or graduated but not enrolled one year later is the numerator of the rate.

Student Credit Hour (SCH)
A unit of measure that represents one student engaged in an activity for which one credit hour for a degree or other certificate is granted upon the successful completion of the related course

Student Faculty Ratio
Student Faculty Ratio is the student FTEs divided by Faculty FTEs.

Unduplicated Headcount
Counts an enrolled student only once, even if they are attending both campuses, or are enrolled in multiple colleges and/or majors.