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Academic Year Academic year begins in summer session
and concludes in the spring semester. For example the 2001-02 academic
year is comprised of the Summer Session 2001, the First (Fall) Semester
2001-02, and the Second (Spring) Semester 2001-02.
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 shall be the unit of
University academic credit that shall represent 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
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 work week.
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
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.
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
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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