Academic year

The year beginning with summer term and ending with spring term.

Admitted student

Student admitted to a degree program (e.g., bachelor's, master's).

All ranks average salary

The weighted average salary of professors, associate professors, assistant professors, and instructors.


Student who applied for admission to an OSSHE degree program.

Attrition rate

The percentage of the freshman cohort no longer enrolled at the State System institution in which they entered as freshmen.

Average faculty salary

The average salary of full-time 9-month and 12-month instructional faculty. Salaries of 12-month faculty are converted to a 9-month basis by multiplying by .8182.

Base enrollment

Enrollment in regular campus credit courses. Excludes enrollment in summer session, continuing education, or remedial courses.

Budgeted enrollment target

The established base enrollment level (three-term average FTE) on which an institution's enrollment- related funding is based.

Capitalized value of buildings

The cost for the initial construction and acquisition of a building plus the cost of all improvements made to it. This is the amount of money actually paid for the building and its improvements regardless of when the amount was paid.


Student who completed a course of study and received a diploma (high school) or a degree (college).

Consumer Price Index (CPI)

The Portland Consumer Price Index, used in all CPI data reported here.

Credit hour enrollment

The credit hour value of a course or courses multiplied by the number of students enrolled in the course or courses.

Dependent students

Students under 24 years old who are not veterans, are not married, and do not have legal dependents.

Discipline (CIP)

The academic discipline as reflected in the Classification of Instructional Programs published by the National Center for Education Statistics, for which a "CIP" code is assigned.

Distance education

Alternative instructional delivery approaches using telecommunication systems such as ED-NET, Instructional Television Fixed Services (ITFS), and Internet.

Education and General funds

Education and General budget comprises that portion of the eight colleges and universities, along with the Chancellor's Office, that is associated with providing the instructional and support services to students and faculty, plus the managerial and administrative support functions necessary to provide those services.

Educational source

The school or college the student last attended prior to entering the State System institution.

Enrollment demand

The estimated number of students who would attend an Oregon State System institution, assuming no budget or financial restrictions or policies that would serve to reduce or increase enrollment. Demand estimates take into account projected numbers of high school graduates and historical freshman participation rates.

Enrollment target

See Budgeted enrollment target.

Ethnic group

Ethnic or racial category with which a person most closely identifies. Reported categories are those listed on the federal IPEDS reports: African American (Black); American Indian (including Alaskan Native); Asian American (including Pacific Islander); Hispanic/Latino (non-white); and European American (white, including people of Middle Eastern origins). Students of mixed race who do not identify with the above categories are reported in the "unknown" category. These ethnic categories do not include international students, who are reported separately under "nonresident alien."

Expenditure budgets, limited

Represents expenditures or budgets for those programs and activities for which the Legislature has set an expenditure limitation. An expenditure limitation is the maximum amount that can be expended on a program or activity.

Expenditure budgets, non-limited

Represents expenditures or budgets for those programs and activities for which the Legislature has not set an expenditure limitation. Expenditures in these activities are limited only by the available resources.

Extended enrollment

Enrollment in self-supported courses, such as continuing education or remedial courses. Includes summer session.


See Instructional faculty, full-time headcount and Instructional faculty, part-time headcount.

Faculty course credits

See Instructional course credits.

Fee category

Base enrollment category reflecting the type of fee assessed (e.g., resident, nonresident).

First-time freshmen

Students attending a State System institution for the first time who were admitted on the basis of their high school performance (including those with a limited amount of college transfer credit).

Freshman participation rate

The percentage of State System first-time freshmen from Oregon high schools divided by the total number of Oregon high school graduates of the previous school year.

Full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment

For undergraduates, FTE enrollment equals student credit hours divided by 15; by 12 for masters level; by 9 for doctoral level, and by 14 for law. For dentistry, medicine, and veterinary medicine, one headcount equals one FTE.

General fund, total operating budget

State of Oregon General Fund resources for use in the operating budget, exclusive of capital construction.

Gifts, grants, and contracts expenditures

Expenditures financed with gifts, grants, or contracts received from or entered into with private individuals, foundations, businesses, and local, state, and federal governments.

Grade point average (GPA)

Average grade based on a scale of 0 to 4, where A = 4, B = 3, C = 2, D = 1, and F = 0.

Graduation rate

The percentage of the freshman cohort completing the bachelor's degree either at the State System institution in which they entered as freshmen or at another State System institution.

Headcount enrollment, duplicated

The number of times students enrolled during the reporting period. For example, a student enrolling in fall, winter, and spring terms of the academic year would have a duplicated headcount of three.

Headcount enrollment, unduplicated

The number of students enrolled during the reporting period, counted only once. For example, a student enrolling in fall, winter, and spring terms of the academic year would have an unduplicated headcount of one. (NOTE: The academic year unduplicated headcount does include duplication where a student changes degree levels within the same reporting period—for example, from non-admitted to admitted, from undergraduate to graduate, or from master's to doctoral.)

High school GPA

High school grade point average.

Higher Education Price Index (HEPI)

Prepared by Research Associates of Washington, the Higher Education Price Index measures yearly price changes in over 100 items purchased by colleges and universities for their current operations. It is used nationwide by over 600 institutions and government agencies as the recognized measure of price inflation in higher education in the United States.

Independent students

All students aged 24 or older, and students under 24 who are veterans, are married, or have legal dependents.

Independent study

Non-formal class arrangements between an instructor and a student for irregular hours of instruction. Includes such classes as dissertation, field experience, internship, practicum, reading and conference, research, student teaching, and thesis.

Instruction fee

That portion of tuition used to help support the Education and General budget.

Instructional course credits

The total credit hour value of courses taught by faculty and other instructional staff, both organized courses and independent study courses.

Instructional faculty, full-time headcount

Faculty homed in an instructional account within the Education and General budget, with a total institutional FTE of .90 or greater, and with a "regular" appointment status (as opposed to temporary or occasional). Includes regular faculty on sabbatical leave.

Instructional faculty, part-time headcount

Faculty homed in an instructional account within the Education and General budget, with a total institutional FTE of less than .90, and with a "regular" appointment status (as opposed to temporary or occasional). Includes regular faculty on sabbatical leave.

Instructional FTE

The full-time equivalent (FTE) of ranked faculty, graduate assistants, and adjunct instructors who taught credit courses and who are homed in an instructional account within the Education and General budget, and have a "regular" appointment status (as opposed to temporary or occasional).

Insured value of buildings

The amount established by the State's Risk Management Division as the value of a building for insurance purposes. This figure is intended to approximate the replacement cost for the building.


Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, part of a series of reports collected annually by the National Center for Education Statistics. Formerly called the Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) prior to 1982.


Instructional Television Fixed Services.


National Coastal Research and Development Institute.

Non-admitted student

Students enrolled in credit courses in the regular campus (base) program but not admitted to a degree program.

Noncredit enrollment

Offerings aimed at upgrading skills and maintaining licensure, for which degree credit is not awarded. Noncredit enrollment also includes, for example, programs aimed at youths and seniors, conferences, community education and personal development courses; and separate contracts between organizations and the State System institution(s).


The fee status category of students who are assessed the nonresident fee.

Nonresident alien

A student or faculty member who is neither a U.S. citizen nor a resident alien.


Oregon Center for Advanced Technology Education.

Organized classes

Classes with scheduled meeting times and places, and offered for credit. Examples would include lectures and seminars.


Oregon State System of Higher Education. Consists of seven public four-year colleges and universities in Oregon: Eastern Oregon State College, Oregon Institute of Technology, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Southern Oregon State College, the University of Oregon, and Western Oregon State College. The Oregon Health Sciences University, formerly a member institution in OSSHE, became an affiliated institution on July 1, 1995.

Part-time undergraduate

For most purposes, and consistent with national definitions, a part-time undergraduate is one who is enrolled in fewer than 12 credit hours per term. In addition, students enrolled in fewer than 9 credit hours may enroll under the State System's "Part-Time Fee Policy."

Postbac non-grad

Students enrolled in a second baccalaureate program who have already received a first baccalaureate, and who pay fees through the Postbaccalaureate Non-graduate fee policy.

Rank (faculty)

Regular faculty with ranks of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, and instructor (including senior instructor).


The fee status category of students who are assessed the resident fee.

Retention rate

The percentage of the freshman cohort either completing the bachelor's degree or still enrolled at a State System institution.

SAT score

Scholastic Assessment Test score normally required for freshman admission to the State System, represented as SAT-Math, SAT-Verbal, and SAT-Combined.


Student Centralized Administrative Reporting File, the common data base of unit record student data developed and maintained by the OSSHE Office of Institutional Research.

Sponsored research dollars

Includes sponsored research, teaching/training grants, and library grants. Excludes federal funds associated with land grant university programs.

Student budget

Average student expenditures for tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, transportation, and personal expenses.

Student pool (financial aid)

For purposes of financial aid analysis, the student pool is the unduplicated headcount of admitted students-- full-time, part-time, undergraduates, and graduate students--enrolled for credit during the three-term academic year (fall, winter, and spring terms).

Three-term average FTE enrollment

The full-time equivalent enrollment for fall, winter, and spring terms, divided by three. (See "Full-Time Equivalent Enrollment" for detail.)

Total Board resource redistribution

Funds held in a Board of Higher Education account for redistribution to OSSHE institutions.

Tuition and fee rates

The total mandatory charges assessed students for enrolling in the institution, including instruction, building, incidental, health service, and any resource fees.

Note: If you are unfamiliar with the OSSHE System, you may want to view a legend of abbreviated institution names.

Revised: October 1996


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