Definitions

Name Definition
Academic Year Begins in summer session and concludes in the spring semester. For example the 2009-10 academic year consists of Summer Session 2009, Fall Semester 2009-10 and Spring Semester 2009-10
Administrative Support Staff Duties and responsibilities consist of carrying out the non-manual work that is of substantial importance to the management or operation of the unit. These posititions require exercise of discretion and independent judgment with respect to matters of significance.
Administrative Operations Assistant (paid for overtime) may perform some of the duties and responsibilities outlined for the Administrative support staff, but the primary focus is on the similar and/or related duties of other non-supervisory, non-administrative, and non-managerial employees in the unit.
ACT (American College Testing Assessment) Is a college entrance exam designed to test skill levels in English, math, reading, and science reasoning./td>
Alumni Are those who have attended or graduated from a Purdue school, college, or university. This includes graduates and former students for whom we have an active address (i.e., they are not deceased, nor “lost”.)
Auxillary Enterprises Are self-supporting and receive no state funds. Includes housing & food services, intercollegiate athletics, health & recreation services, parking facilities, transportation and printing servces.
Class Consists of one or more course sections meeting with the same instructor(s) at a common time. It is the physical group of students and instructors meeting together. Includes course sections that are conjoined or normally meet with each other as part of an instructional offering, such as when a section from both an “honors” course and from the related regular course share a common lecture.
Course Section Or Section, is one or more students meeting with an instructor9s) to complete the requirements of a formal instructional offering, identifed by a specific subject field and course number.
Credit Hour Is a unit of University academic credit. Represents approximately three hours of work per week by an average student in a normal semester, or the total work equivalent for short courses.
Fiscal Year Begins July 1 of a specific year and ends on June 30 the following year for Purdue University, Calumet.
FTE (Full-Time Equivalency) Is a numerical measure for reporting purposes. FTE students is calculated by summing a specific time period’s total credit hours and dividing by 15 for undergraduate, professional and certificate students, and by 12 for graduate students. An FTE employee is defined as effort normally expected of a full-time employee and not as a particular course load for faculty nor by clock hours for exempt staff. Less than full-time staff FTE for faculty and exempt staff is established by mutual agreement between the supervisor and the staff member. FTE for non-exempt staff is based on a forty-hour work week
IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Educational Data System) Is a system of surveys under the federal Department of Education designed to collect institution-level data in such areas as enrollment, program completions, faculty, staff, and finances from all primary providers of postsecondary education.
Management staff (non-faculty) Duties and responsibilities involved in the management of departments and organizational units.
Named Professor A title that recognizes a professorship supported by external funding as outlined in the University’s Guidelines for Naming Opportunities and Endowed Funds for the West Lafayette Campus (II.B.3) or an equivalent funding plan. A named professorship is not an academic designation, although holders would normally be individuals of high accomplishment. Faculty of the rank of assistant, associate, or full professor can hold a named professorship.
Other Academic Staff Clinical/Professional and Research Faculty; Visiting Faculty; Post Docs; Continuing and Limited-Term Lecturers.
SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) Is the most widely taken college entrance examination. It is designed to test skill levels in math, vocabulary, and reading comprehension
Semester Is a regular fall or spring session of classes as defined in the academic calendar for each campus.
Summer Session Is the regular sesion held for eight weeks in the summer or as defined in the academic calendar for each campus
Name Definition
Underrrepresented Minority (URM) A person with any self-reporting race/ethnicity of American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander.
Hispanic or Latino A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture of origin, regardless of race.
American Indian or Alaska Native A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) who maintains cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community attachment
Asian A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian Subcontinent, including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korean, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam
Black or African American A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
White A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa
U. S. Minorities This calculated value includes the total student headcount minus international students.
International Count based on citizenship/visa codes.
Nonresident Alien Count based on citizenship.

Source: Office of Institutional Research and Assessment