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NORTHERN ARIZONA UNIVERSITY
GLOSSARY OF SELECTED TERMS

Administrative Faculty 

Generally speaking, the administrative faculty is made up of executive level administrative personnel including chairs, assistant/associate deans, deans, directors, and executive directors. 

Budgeted Full-Time Faculty Equivalent (FTE) 

Budgeted full-time equivalent faculty is the sum of the appointment percentages of all faculty in a particular department, college or other unit.  To calculate budgeted FTE faculty for a particular program, such as Instruction, each appointed percentage is multiplied by the percent of the individual's salary paid from that program, and then summed.  For example, a professor in full-time appointment who receives one-half of his salary from Instruction and one-half from Organized Research would be counted as one (1.00) budgeted FTE faculty member with one-half (0.50) budgeted FTE to Instruction and one-half (0.50) budgeted FTE to Organized Research. 

Credit Hour or Student Credit Hour (SCH) 

A credit hour is a unit of measurement assigned to a course and expressed in semester hours.  SCH is used as a measure of independent study in the index of a faculty member's TEACHING HOURS, although its traditional purpose is to measure a student's progress toward a degree. 

The total SCH for a course are arrived by multiplying the number of students by the number of credit hours.  Prior to 1976, SCH were generated for various reports exclusively by the level of the student.  Since then, they are generated primarily by the level of the course. 

Faculty 

The term "faculty" is not confined simply to those who teach.  It refers to many people in the academic community whose responsibilities range from instruction to research, to public service and to administration, and in many cases a faculty member's responsibilities are made up of a combination of two or more functions.  Various counts are periodically requested. 

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Student 

The FTE enrollment is the equivalent number of full-time students on the twenty-first day of the semester.  Equivalency is established by dividing the total number of SCH by the normal load of credit hours as follows.  Lower division SCH are divided by fifteen to calculate FTE.  Since 1987 upper division SCH are divided by twelve to calculate FTE.  Graduate SCH are divided by ten to calculate gradate FTE. 

Full-Time Faculty 

Faculty who are academic year appointments with the ranks of Regents’ Professor, Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, Lecturer, and Instructor. Administrative faculty such as dean, associate dean, and directors, who hold faculty rank are included if they teach.  Part-time faculty who are paid on a per class basis and graduate teaching assistants and associates are excluded from this definition. 

Full-Time Graduate Student 

A student who holds a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, is taking courses at the post-baccalaureate level, and is enrolled for nine or more semester credits. 

Full-Time Undergraduate Student 

An undergraduate student who is enrolled for twelve or more semester credits. 

General Operating Fund 

Is used to account for transactions related to the university’s state-appropriated budget, as approved by the Arizona Legislature and Arizona Board of Regents.

Instructional Faculty 

The term instructional faculty generally refers to the academic rank of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, instructor, and lecturer in instructional departments.  Part-time faculty, graduate assistants and associates may be included depending upon the purpose of the count.  Since 1975, counts of faculty with instructional titles have been made as of a specific date, October 1.  The comparability of counts from previous years is adversely affected by the failure to conduct the counts on a particular date.  Counts of minority faculty as of a specific date have been made only since 1977. 

Off-Campus   (Financial Aid definition) 

Students who do not meet self-supporting criteria and do not live with parents. 

On-Campus  (Financial Aid definition)  

Students who do not meet the self-supporting criteria and live in residence halls. 

Self Supporting 

Students born before January 1975, veterans, graduate students, married students, orphans/wards of the court,

students with legal dependents other than a spouse. 

State Operating Budget 

The State Operating Budget is the primary budget at NAU.  Two revenue sources support the state operating budget.  The first, Collections, consists of student registration fees and tuition, along with some miscellaneous revenue and balance forward.  The Arizona Board of Regents authorizes the universities to retain a portion of tuition and fee revenue for bonding debt service, plant projects, and some operating budgets not supported by the state.  The remaining fee and tuition collections become a part of the state operating budget. The second major source of funding is General Funds—Arizona's general tax revenues.  This amount is appropriated to the university as part of the annual legislative budget process.

 

Planning and Institutional Research
Northern Arizona University
Last updated 09/08/06