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Academic Year - Academic year begins in summer
session and concludes in the spring semester. For example, the 2002-03
academic year is comprised of the Summer Session 2002, the First
(Fall) Semester 2002-03, and the Second (Spring) Semester 2002-03.
ACT/American College Testing Assessment - A college
entrance exam that is designed to test skill levels in English,
math, reading, and science reasoning.
Alumni - Anyone who has attended or has graduated
from a 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").
ASF/Assignable Square Feet - A measure of the
useable space within a building that is available for assignment
to user departments. It excludes non-assignable spaces such as public
hallways and stairways, building mechanical rooms and restrooms,
and also the areas used for walls, mechanical shafts, etc.
Auxiliary Enterprises - These enterprises, which
are self-supporting and receive no state funds, include housing
and food services, intercollegiate athletics, health and recreation
services, parking facilities, transportation and printing services,
and the Purdue Airport.
Benchmark - A measurement or evaluative strategy
that is used to compare Purdue University’s performance to
other universities. The comparison is external.
Class - A class consists of one or more Course
Sections meeting with the same instructor(s) at a common time. A
class is the actual physical group of students and instructors that
meet together, including 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 - A Course Section, or Section,
is one or more students meeting together with an instructor(s) to
complete the requirements of a formal instructional offering, identified
by a specific subject field and course number.
Credit Hour - The semester hour is the unit of
University academic credit that represents approximately three hours
of work per week by an average student throughout a normal semester,
or its equivalent in total work for short courses.
Distinguished and Named Professors - Individuals
whose achievements in scholarship or research have been internationally
recognized or who have made a unique contribution to the University
through scholarship, research, teaching, or leadership functions.
Dual Level Courses - Courses numbered 500-599
that may be taken by either graduate or undergraduate students.
Extramural awards - Awards received from outside
sponsoring agencies such as the federal government, state and local
governments, foreign governments, industrials and foundations, other
universities, national laboratories, and other miscellaneous sponsoring
agencies including Purdue Research Foundation. The awards support
research, instruction, public service, and fellowship programs.
FTE/Full-Time Equivalency - A numerical measure
used for reporting purposes. For example, full-time equivalent students
is calculated by summing up total credit hours and dividing by 15
for undergraduate, professional, and certificate students, and by
12 for graduate students for a specific time period. An FTE employee
is defined as effort normally expected of a full-time employee.
It is not defined as a particular course load for faculty nor by
clock hours for 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 40-hour workweek.
Grade Index/Semester Grade Index - A grade average
determined by weighting each grade received during a given semester
by the number of semester hours of credit in each course.
IPEDS/Integrated Postsecondary Educational Data System
- A system of surveys under the federal Department of Education
designed to collect institution-level data in such areas as enrollments,
program completions, faculty, staff, and finances from all primary
providers of postsecondary education.
IUPUI - Indiana University-Purdue University
Indianapolis - Administered by Indiana University to offer Purdue
PMU - Purdue Memorial Union
Professional Students - Students who are enrolled
in the School of Pharmacy or Veterinary Medicine professional programs.
Recentered SAT Scores - All SAT test scores for
tests taken on or after April 1, 1995, are reported on the recentered
scale. Recentering reestablished the average SAT I verbal and math
scores near the midpoint of the 200-to-800 scale. SAT II scores,
which are linked to the SAT I scale, were also changed to reflect
SAT/Scholastic Aptitude Test - The most widely
taken college entrance examination, it is designed to test skill
levels in math, vocabulary, and reading comprehension.
Section - See Course Section
Semester - Regular fall and spring semesters as
defined in the Academic Calendar for each campus.
SEOG/Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
- A grant for undergraduates with exceptional financial need.
Summer Session - Regular summer session (eight
weeks) or as defined in the Academic Calendar for each campus.
WSCH - Weekly Student Class Hours - A measure
of instructional activity or load, it is the average number of "50-minute
hours" per week that students are in organized class settings
in contact with a teacher for instructional purposes. They are weekly
averages using a 16- week semester as the base.
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