Carroll College, Helena Montana



IPEDS Definitions


NOTE: Enrollment counts are as of the official census date, which is the last day of late registration each semester.



A commonly used reporting method for equalizing fall and spring semester enrollment information over the academic year by averaging the data to obtain an annual measure. It is useful for matching resources, which are provided on an annual basis, with student enrollment activity. For example, if the fall headcount were 1000 and the spring headcount 800, the annualized headcount for that academic year would be 900.

 - Classes scheduled to meet with an instructor on a regular basis at the same time and place throughout the semester.
Irregular - Classes that do not fit into the "regular" class definition; can include independent study, thesis, dissertation, practicum, field experience, individualized instruction.

Full-Time/Part-time Students - defined according to purpose:
For academic load -

Full-time Undergraduate = 12 or more credits
Part-time Undergraduate = 11 or fewer credits
Full-time Graduate = 9 or more credits
Part-time Graduate = 8 or fewer credits 
Full-time Graduate Assistants, Teaching Fellows = 6 or more credits
Part-time Graduate Assistants, Teaching Fellows = 5 or fewer credits For tuition and fee assessments -
Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate = 7 or more credits
Part-time Undergraduate and Graduate = 6 or fewer credits  

All Students
 - The number of individuals enrolled in a given semester or academic year, including non-degree students.
Non-degree Students
 - The number of individuals enrolled in classes in a given semester or academic year who have not been admitted to the university.
Regular Students
 - The number of individuals enrolled in a given semester or academic year who have been admitted to the university, including graduate special students but excluding non-degree students.  

Mean Years to Graduation
The average number of years students take to attain the baccalaureate. This is NOT a graduation rate.

SCH (Student Credit Hour)
A credit hour is a unit of measure representing an hour of instruction that can be applied to the total number of hours a student needs for completing degree requirements; course credits are the number of credit hours assigned to a particular course which a student earns upon successful completion. Student Credit Hours (SCH) result from multiplying course credits by the number of enrolled students, and are used as the basis for computing student FTE for funding and resource-matching purposes. For example, 10 students in one 3-credit class generate 30 student credit hours.  

Student FTE (Full-Time Equivalent)
A formula-derived number that results from converting student credit hours (SCH) into equivalent full-time "students" in terms of credit load. Used in obtaining funding from the State, resource management, measuring student and faculty activity, etc. This formula changed effective fall 2001; the descriptions that follow are for "OLDFTE" (the formula in effect prior to fall 2001) and "NEWFTE" (the formula currently in effect).

Credits generated in all undergraduate courses are Undergraduate SCH
Credits generated in all graduate courses are Graduate SCH  

Calculating Student FTE from SCH  
For a semester: For a year (Fall Spring):
15 Undergraduate SCH = 1 Student FTE 30 UG SCH = 1 SFTE
8 Graduate SCH = 1 Student FTE 16 GR SCH = 1 SFTE

Undergraduate SFTE Graduate SFTE = Total Student FTE


Classes below the 300 level generate Lower Division (LD) SCH.
Classes at the 300 and 400 levels generate Upper Division (UD) SCH.
Classes at the graduate level generate Master's (MA) SCH and Doctoral (DR) SCH -
Graduate course credits taken by Doctoral level Students generate DR SCH, and all remaining graduate course credits generate MA SCH.

Calculating Student FTE from SCH  
For a semester: For a year (Fall Spring):
15 Lower Division SCH = 1 Student FTE 30 LD SCH = 1 SFTE
15 Upper Division SCH = 1 Student FTE 30 UD SCH = 1 SFTE
12 Masters SCH = 1 Student FTE 24 MA SCH = 1 SFTE
9 Doctoral SCH = 1 Student FTE 18 DR SCH = 1 SFTE


Supplemental FTE
FTE derived from state-supported student enrollments in courses taught through the College of Extended Studies (including correspondence, off-campus, and distance education courses) and the University Studies Abroad Consortium. The official semester FTE report to the UCCSN consists of the total of regular UNR campus FTE plus supplemental FTE.


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