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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 2002-03 is July 1, 2002, through June 30, 2003. The academic year consists of the summer, fall, and spring terms, e.g., the 2002-03 academic year includes the summer 2002 session, the fall 2002 semester, and the spring 2003 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 are reported based on the Summer, Fall, and Spring official enrollment reports from the Office of Enrollment Management.

  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 is information acquired by the Dean of Students office from each chapter/house president and reflect affiliation, not residency.

  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. Beginning with the 2003-04 Data Digest, the budget figures on pages 57 and 58 were recast to include Statewide Technology. 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. In the Faculty and Staff headcounts on pages 50, 54, 55, and 114, international staff are included within the race/ethnicity categories. For the Student headcounts on pages 18, 22, 23, 24, 107, and 124, the international students are counted and reported separately from the race/ethnicity categories.

  11. Figures for the Study Abroad program differ from those figures shown in previous editions of the Data Digest because summer enrollments were attributed to the wrong academic year in the past.

  12. Benchmark data is from national sources and the definitions may vary from internal definitions.

Source: Office of Institutional Research


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