2018 Almanac - Page 6

Definitions, Data Years, and Data Sources
The following definitions, data years, and data sources will help you navigate the data provided in this year’s almanac. They are
particularly helpful in reading the institutional profiles. For a more comprehensive list of data source references, see p. 90.
Accountability (Peer) groups: Texas public
universities are grouped based on key
indicators such as mission, number of doctoralresearch/scholarship programs, and research
expenditures. Public two-year colleges are
grouped based on size and/or type.
Debt profile for 2009 cohort: For completers
and non-completers, the average student loan
debt includes identifiable debt up to graduation
or through FY 2015. Students who were still
enrolled (had not graduated by FY 2015) were
included as non-completers.
Age: Age is calculated by subtracting the
individual’s date of birth from the begin date
of the reporting period. For fall, the begin date
is September 1; for spring, January 1; and for
summer, June 1.
Identifiable debt: All undergraduate debt
accumulated at Texas institutions as reported to
the THECB, including federal and state loans,
parent Plus loans, and some private educational
At risk: Includes students who received a Pell
Grant, graduated with a GED, were 20 years or
older when they first entered college, started as
a part-time student taking fewer than 12 hours,
or had an SAT/ACT score less than the national
Percentage with debt: Percentage of an
institution’s graduates who incurred identifiable
debt prior to graduation. FY 2015
Average tuition and fees: The cost of tuition
and mandatory fees charged to a student
taking 30 semester credit hours (SCH) (15
SCH in the fall and 15 SCH in the spring). For
four-year public institutions and the Lamar and
Technical Colleges, tuition includes mandatory
tuition (state-required tuition) and designated
tuition (set by institutional governing boards).
Submitted to the THECB on the College
Student Budget Report. FY 2017 rates
Bachelor’s graduates as a percentage of
undergraduate FTSE enrollment: The number
of students who received an undergraduate
degree from an institution in a given year
divided by the annual full-time student
equivalent (FTSE) enrollment. The FTSE
enrollment is the total of all semester credit
hours divided by 30 (the number of SCH
considered full time for undergraduates
annually). Dual credit enrollments are not
included in FTSE. FY 2016
Average student debt: For FY 2015 graduates,
average student loan debt includes all
identifiable debt prior to graduation for those
students with debt. University graduates
include those who received a bachelor’s degree.
Two-year institution graduates include those
who received an associate degree or certificate.
• Native student debt: Average debt
for students who graduated from the
institution where they were enrolled as a
first time in college (FTIC) student.
• Portion as parent debt: Portion of native
students’ debt that was incurred by a
parent through a federal PLUS loan (2005–
11) or a federal Direct PLUS loan (2009–
current). All native students with debt are
included in parent debt calculation.
• Transfer student debt: All identifiable
average debt for students who graduated
from an institution but were not first time
in college (FTIC) at that institution.
Statewide student debt as a percentage of
first-year wage: Median of individual student’s
identifiable debt to first-year wage percentage
for students awarded a level I or II certificate,
associate degree, or bachelor’s degree from a
Texas public institution. Individual must have
student loan debt data at time of award and
wages in first year following award. Bachelor’s
degrees awarded at community colleges are
not included. Debt data for 2014 graduates.
Wage data from 2015. (Source: Financial
Aid Database System, Office of Personnel
Management, unemployment insurance [UI]
wage records)
Degrees awarded/degrees and certificates
awarded: For universities, the number of
degrees awarded by race/ethnicity and level;
certificates are not included. For two-year
institutions, the number of degrees and
certificates awarded by race/ethnicity.
FY 2016
Developmental education:
College-level course completion: Percentage of
total students below state readiness standards
(called Texas Success Initiative [TSI]) in math,
reading, and/or writing who successfully
completed a college-level course in the related
area (math, reading-intensive, and/or writingintensive, as applicable) with a grade of A, B, or
C within two years of college enrollment. Fall
2013 cohort
Total students below state standard: Students
in college for the first time (both full- and
part-time) who did not meet the state readiness
standards in math, reading, and/or writing at
the time of enrollment. Fall 2013 cohort
State readiness standard met: Percentage of
total students below state readiness standards
in math, reading, and/or writing who satisfied
state standards within two years of college
enrollment. Fall 2013 cohort
Dual credit:
Dual credit students: High school students who
attempt one or more college courses for high
school and college credit.
Dual credit as percentage of total enrollment:
Dual credit enrollment as a percentage of the
total enrollment. Fall 2016
Dual credit outcomes: College persistence and
graduation rates for an institution’s dual credit
students who subsequently enrolled in the
same or a different Texas college or university.
The percentage who earned a baccalaureate
and/or associate degree is unduplicated. Fall
2011 first time in college (FTIC) cohort
Earnings of graduates: Annual wages of
graduates during the first, third, fifth, eighth,
and tenth year after graduation. Wage
calculations include students who worked in
Texas at least three-quarters of the year and
did not earn a higher degree during the tracking
period. No inflation factor was applied. For
2005 graduates, the wages are for 2006 (first
year), 2008 (third year), 2010 (fifth year), 2013
(eighth year), 2015 (tenth year). For 2014
graduates, the first-year wages were calculated
for 2015.
Fall headcount: The institutional fall headcount
enrollment by race and ethnicity, including all
full- and part-time students. Fall 2016
Full-time student equivalent (FTSE)
undergraduate enrollment: The sum of all fall
undergraduate semester credit hours (SCH)
attempted divided by 15. Fall 2016
Full-time student equivalent (FTSE) total
enrollment: The sum of all fall semester
credit hours (SCH) attempted divided by 15
for undergraduate SCH, 12 for master’s and
doctor’s professional practice SCH, 9 for
doctor’s research/scholarship SCH, and 17 for
optometry SCH. Fall 2016
Total university faculty: All faculty members
with teaching responsibilities, excluding
teaching assistants. Fall 2015
University tenured/tenure track faculty: All
faculty members with teaching responsibilities
who have received, or are on a track to receive,
tenure. Fall 2015
Two-year college faculty: Total number of
faculty members and number and percentage
of full-time (teaching 80% or more) faculty
members. This includes faculty teaching flex
courses. Fall 2015
First-time students accepted: Percentage of
first-time summer/fall applicants accepted by
the institution. Fall 2016
First-time undergraduates in Texas top 10%:
The percentage of first-time undergraduates
entering in the summer or fall class who ranked
in the top 10% of their Texas public high school
graduating class. Fall 2016


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