The full-time equivalent (FTE) of students is a single value providing a meaningful combination of full time and part time students. CPE calculates FTE using the following formula:
FTE = (undergraduate student credit hours/15) + (graduate SCH/12) + (law SCH/12) + (headcount of medical, dental, and pharmacy students) + (headcount of doctoral dissertation students) + (headcount of post-doctoral students) + (headcount of house staff)
Institutions that are solely funded by tuition or through private sources. Many tables include only those schools who are member institutions of the Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities. Other independent institutions include proprietary (for-profit) institutions, two-year occupational institutions, bible colleges, and seminaries.
Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS):
IPEDS consists of institution-level data that can be used to describe trends in postsecondary education at the institution, state and/or national levels. It is a single, comprehensive system that encompasses all identified institutions whose primary purpose is to provide postsecondary education.
Postsecondary educational level is defined as undergraduate and graduate and/or by the level of credential being sought, such as a certificate, bachelor’s degree, or masters degree.
Four-year and KCTCS two-year postsecondary institutions that are funded through legislative appropriations.
Identifies institutions based on funding types and the level of degrees offered: two-year public, four-year public, and independent.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM):
Student majors or degrees that fall under the federal Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) list of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs based on their federal Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) codes.
Student Credit Hours (SCH):
The number of total credit hours generated by all students in all courses. For example, if two students each enrolled in six hours of courses and another student enrolled in 12 hours of courses, the total SCH would be 24.
Student Enrollment or Headcount:
Student enrollment is expressed as a count of individual students by institution. If a student is enrolled at more than one institution in a given semester, they would be counted at each school and, consequently, counted twice in the overall state total.