purdue university data digest 2002-2003
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Definitions and Notes
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  1. Percentage totals in some tables will not sum to 100 due to rounding. For the same reason, values in some columns may not total precisely to match the printed sum values.
  2. The most current data are reported to the extent possible. Because of timing differences in the availability of data, the reported times vary. For example, the budget and expenditure information reported are based on fiscal year data that for 2000-2001 is July 1, 2000, through June 30, 2001. The academic year consists of the summer, fall, and spring terms, e.g., the 2001-02 academic year includes the summer 2001 session, the fall 2001 semester, and the spring 2002 semester.
  3. The fall semester student and teaching activity information used for official reporting purposes is based on a “snapshot” of the data on a specific day, which is normally at the beginning of the second week of classes. Similarly, a “snapshot” file (the October Workforce File) is used to prepare the faculty and staff information.
  4. Student Credit Hours in Fast Facts on page 1 are reported based on the spring, fall, and winter official enrollment reports from the Office of the Registrar.
  5. Extramural awards include all contracts and grants that were processed through Sponsored Program Services. Research and Sponsored Program Expenditures include expenditures incurred on sponsored program projects, state and federally appropriated research projects, and gifted research projects.
  6. Number of students in Fraternities, Sororities and Cooperative Housing reported on page 41 is student self-reported information based on local address from the Registrar's files. Number of students in Cooperative Housing reported on page 40 is information acquired by the Dean of Students office from each chapter/house president.
  7. The source of data for Faculty and Staff Full-Time Equivalency by Source of Funding on page 49 includes a modified definition of the “General Funds” and “Auxiliary and Other Funds” categories after 2001. The new definition reports the 115 Fund (Income Producing – OIELL Activity) under “Auxiliary and Other Funds.” The 115 fund was reported prior to 2001 under “General Funds.” The 1997 data in this analysis were generated using the new definition for comparison purposes.
  8. In the Peer University Comparison Section, Cornell University includes only the Cornell Statutory programs. Cornell Endowed programs have been excluded.
  9. The Student Fees Budget on page 58 was changed in 2002-03 to be reported as gross student fees with fee remissions added to the expenditure side of the budget. Prior to 2002-03, fee remissions were deducted from total student fees and reported as net student fees.
  10. Alumni counts on pages 1 and 98 increased from 319,601 (last year) to 353,687 (this year) in part because in previous years the data omitted alumni who asked for no contact from Purdue and also omitted alumni whose addresses are currently unknown.
  11. The Faculty counts on page 50 and the Faculty and Staff counts on pages 53 and 54 have been redistributed for all years shown to reflect the counts of international staff. In previous years’ Data Digests, the international staff data were distributed among the American race/ethnicity categories.
Source: Office of Institutional Research


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