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Academic Plan

Primary and secondary majors and minors, companion majors, and certificates that students are awarded.

Academic Year

The period of time generally extending from September to June, equated to three quarters (or two semesters if enrolled in the School of Law or Jesuit School of Theology) and Summer sessions.

 

Accrediting Agency

Regional or national private educational associations that assess whether institutions have met specific criteria aimed to measure quality. Institutions are accredited when the criteria are met and may then be eligible for federal benefits such as Title IV student financial aid.

 

ACT Scores 

Scores on the mathematics, English, reading, science reasoning, and composite scales of the ACT Assessment test. 

 

Adjunct Faculty 

Non-tenure track faculty serving in a temporary or auxiliary capacity specific courses on a course-by-course basis.  Excludes regular part-time faculty (who, unlike adjuncts are not paid on a course-by-course basis), full-time professional staff who may teach individual courses (e.g., a dean or academic advisor), and appointees who teach non-credit courses exclusively. 

 

Admits or Admitted

Applicants granted an official offer to enroll.

 

Admissions Test Scores 

Scores on standardized admissions test.

 

Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced placement courses are college-level courses taught in high school.  Students may take an examination at the completion of the course to measure proficiency; students receiving acceptable scores may earn college credit.

 

Alumni Surveys

Questionnaires administered to alumni to determine their satisfaction with programs and services, as well as their current educational and employment status. Alumni are surveyed 6 months after receiving a degree. 

 

Alumnus 

Someone who has been awarded a degree from an educational institution.

 

American Indian or Alaska Native

A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) who maintains cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community attachment.  Non-Hispanic. See IPEDS Ethnicity Reporting Rules for clarification on IPEDS race/ethnicity reporting.

 

Annual Expenses

The total expenditures associated with tuition, required fees, and room & board for a typical student.

 

Applicant(s)

An individual who has fulfilled the requirements to be considered for admission, including payment of the application fee.

 

Asian

A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian Subcontinent, including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.  Non-Hispanic. See IPEDS Ethnicity Reporting Rules for clarification on IPEDS race/ethnicity reporting.

 

Award Level

Equivalence and ranking of degrees, certificates, or other formal awards.

Bachelor's Degree

An award (baccalaureate or equivalent degree, as determined by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education) that normally requires at least four years but not more than five years of full-time equivalent college-level work.

 

Benchmark Institutions

Selected data collected from different institutions in an effort to develop meaningful comparisons between the University and its peer and aspirational institutions.

 

Black or African American

A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.  Non-Hispanic. See IPEDS Ethnicity Reporting Rules for clarification on IPEDS race/ethnicity reporting.

 

Box and whiskers plot

A box and whiskers plot displays the median and spread in a set of data points. The range (excluding outliers) is shown by the upper and lower lines extending vertically from the box. The box represents the interquartile range and includes the middle half of the data set. The location of the box illustrates the skewness of the data.
Boxes indicate the interquartile range (IQR) of the data. IQR=all data between the 25th and 75th percentile.
Whiskers display all points within 1.5 times the IQR (in other words, all points within 1.5 times the width of the adjoining box), or all points at the maximum extent of the data.

Carnegie Classification

The Carnegie Foundation's classification system that is widely used to distinguish higher education institutions in terms of their degree programs and mission as an institution.

 

CIP Codes - Classification of Instruction Programs

Promulgated by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, these codes represent a nationally used, common taxonomy for the classification of higher education degree programs.  A six-digit code in the form xx.xxxx that identifies instructional program specialties within educational institutions, assigned to each degree program at the time it is established.

 

Cohort

A specific group of students established for tracking purposes.

 

College Senior Survey (HERI)

A survey administered to graduating students which asks questions on a wide range of outcomes such as academic success, personal development, the student experience at their academic institution, and post-graduate plans and employment.

Common Data Set (CDS)

The result of a national collaboration between publishers and academia to improve and standardize the compiling and reporting of information by academic institutions.  The Common Data Set contains a diverse array of information, including: enrollments and degrees conferred, a profile of first-year students, statistics and policies on transfers, academic offerings and policies, student life, annual expenses, financial aid, faculty, and class sizes.

 

Concurrent Graduate Students

A graduate student enrolled in more than one degree or program status during an academic term.

 

Continuing Professional Education

Programs and courses designed specifically for individuals who have completed a professional degree, to obtain additional training in their particular field of study.

 

Core

Classes part of the university's core curriculum as described here

Credit

Recognition of performance in an instructional activity (course of program) that can be applied toward the requirements for a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award.

 

Degree

An award conferred by a postsecondary education institution to recognize the successful completion of a program of studies. The number of students receiving a degree in a given year is based on awards conferred during the Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring quarters.

 

Degree-Seeking Students

Students enrolled in courses for credit who are recognized by the institution as seeking a degree or formal award.

 

Doctoral Degree

The highest award a student can earn for graduate study.

 

Double Major

Program in which students may complete two undergraduate programs of study simultaneously.

 

Early Action Plan

An admission plan that allows students to apply and be notified of an admission decision well in advance of the regular notification dates.  If admitted, the candidate is not committed to enroll; the student may reply to the offer under the regular reply policy.

 

Early Decision Plan 

A plan that permits students to apply and be notified of an admission decision (and financial aid offer, if applicable) well in advance of the regular notification date.  Applicants agree to accept an offer of admission and, if admitted, to withdraw their applications from other colleges.  There are three possible decisions for early decision applicants: admitted, denied, or not admitted but forwarded for consideration with the regular applicant pool, without prejudice.

 

Enrollment Statistics

The number of students attending the University, sorted according to student characteristics such as age, gender, full-time/part-time status, race/ethnicity, and residence. Headcounts are based on the number of students enrolled during the Fall Quarter.

 

Faculty

Persons whose primary assignment is for the purpose of conducting instruction and research. The designation as "faculty" is separate from the activities to which they may be currently assigned.

 

Financial Aid

Monetary support in the form of loans, grants and scholarships provided to students to pay for their college educations.

 

First-Professional Degree

A professional degree prepares the conferee for a particular profession by emphasizing skills and practical analysis over theory and research. Most but not all of the professions associated with professional degrees are professions that require licensing in order to practice as a professional in the field

 

First-Time Transfer Student

A degree-seeking student entering the reporting institution for the first time, but known to have previously attended a postsecondary institution at the same level.

 

First-Time, First-Year Student

A student attending any institution for the first time at the undergraduate level. Includes students enrolled in the fall term who attended college for the first time in the prior summer term. Also includes students who entered with college credits earned before graduation from high school.

 

Fixed Term Lecturer (FT)

Faculty holding fixed term lecturer appointments of not more than three years (this category was formalized in 2006-07). Prior to 2006-07, this category included all faculty holding lecturer appointments. Full-time.

Fixed Term Lecturer (PT)

Faculty hired for a period of one academic term or one academic year; they are not tenured and do not accumulate credit towards tenure (this category was formalized in 2006-07). Prior to 2007-0 this category included all faculty holding academic year appointments with FTE >=0.5 and <1.0.  Part-time.

Freshman

A first-year undergraduate student.

 

Freshman Survey (CIRP)

Survey issued bienially to all incoming first-time Santa Clara students to build a profile of student characteristics before they are enrolled at Santa Clara.

Full-Time Administrators

Faculty appointed to a full-time faculty position who hold a full-time administrative position; examples include the President, Provost, and Academic Deans.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Employee

A numerical designator for an appointment based on 100% for full time. An FTE for a full-time employee is 1.00. (Two people each serving in half-time faculty positions would equal, together, one FTE faculty position.)

 

Full-Time Student (Undergraduate)

A student enrolled for 12 or more quarter credits each term.

 

Grade Point Average

The sum of grade points a student has earned in secondary school divided by the number of courses taken.  Four points for an
A, three points for a B, two points for a C, one point for a D, and no points for a F.

 

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

A standardized test that graduate business schools use to evaluate candidates.  The verbal section of the GMAT measures the ability to understand and analyze written material, and the ability to recognize and conform to the conventions of standard written English.  The quantitative section measures a person's ability to reason quantitatively, solve mathematical problems, and interpret data presented in graphical form.  The analytical writing section measures a person's ability to effectively communicate ideas through writing and the ability to critically assess an argument.

 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The General test is composed of the verbal, quantitative, and analytical/ analytical writing sections. The verbal section measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, to analyze relationships among component parts of sentences, to recognize relationships between words and concepts, and to reason with words in solving problems. The quantitative section measures your basic mathematical skills, your understanding of elementary mathematical concepts, and your ability to reason quantitatively and solve problems in a quantitative setting. The analytical writing section is a new section introduced beginning in October 2002 that tests your critical thinking and analytical writing skills.

 

Graduate Student

A student who holds a bachelor's or first-professional degree, or equivalent, and is taking courses at the post-baccalaureate level.

 

Graduating Early

Graduating in 14 academic terms or less.

Graduating Late

Graduating in 17 or more academic terms.

Graduating On-Time

Graduating in 15 to 16 academic terms. This equivalent to the standard four years in which one is expected to earn a bachelor's degree.

Graduating Senior Survey

A questionnaire administered annually to seniors approximately six months after graduation; asking students to evaluate their satisfaction with instruction, programs, services, and educational/career-related plans.

 

Graduation Rate 

The percentage of students in a cohort who graduate within designated bands of time. The cohort of first-time, full-time, baccalaureate students who enter the institution during the Fall Semester is tracked for six years. 

 

Headcount

A count of individual, non-replicated students. As opposed to count of majors, minors, or degrees. In a count of majors, minors, or degrees students may be replicated if they have multiple majors, minors, or degrees.

Hispanic of any race

A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. See IPEDS Ethnicity Reporting Rules for clarification on IPEDS race/ethnicity reporting.

 

Honors Program

A special program for very able students offering the opportunity for educational enrichment, independent study, acceleration, or some combination of these.

 

Independent Study

Academic work chosen or designed by the student with the approval of the department concerned, under an instructor's supervision, and usually undertaken outside of the regular classroom structure.

 

Instructional Faculty

Those members of the instruction/research staff whose major regular assignment is instruction, including those with released time for research.

 

Internship

Short-term supervised work experience usually related to a student's major field, for which the student earns academic credit.

 

IPEDS

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.  A system of interrelated surveys conducted annually by the U.S. Department's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). See IPEDS Ethnicity Reporting Rules for clarification on IPEDS race/ethnicity reporting.

 

Jesuit High School

An education consisting of grades ten through twelve; with a Jesuit religious affiliation.

 

Joint Program

Two or more institutions sponsor an academic program leading toward a degree.  The participating institutions administer and share academic responsibility for the joint program.

 

Library

An organized collection of printed, microform, and audiovisual materials which provides necessary equipment and services for students and faculty.

 

Major Field of Study

The academic discipline to which an undergraduate student fomally commits. A student who successfully completes the courses prescribed in an academic major qualifies for an undergraduate degree. 

 

Master's Degree

An award that requires the successful completion of a program of study beyond the bachelor's degree; demonstrating a mastery or high-order overview of a specific field of study or area of professional practice.

 

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

The National Center for Education Statistics, which is the statistical branch of the Office of Educational Research and Improvement, a principal operating component of the U.S. Department of Education.

 

National Merit Scholars

Recipients of a prestigious national award given to approximately 2,000 high school students each year who exhibit academic excellence. Students qualify as National Merit finalists based on scores from the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, supporting information submitted on their academic work, and a recommendation from their principals.

 

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

A questionnaire administered to samples of first-year students and seniors that assesses students' level of engagement in their academic careers. The NSSE measures five key clusters of activities that research has shown to be tied to desired collegiate outcomes: level of academic challenge, student-faculty interactions, active and collaborative learning, enriching educational experiences, and a supportive campus environment.

 

New Hires

Persons who were hired for full-time permanent employment for the 1st time, or after a break in service, between July 1 and September 30 of the survey year.  These do not include persons who have returned from sabbatical leave.

 

Non-credit Course

A course of activity having no credit applicable toward a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award.

 

Non-Degree Seeking Student

A student enrolled in courses for credit who is not recognized by the institution as seeking a degree of formal award.

 

Non-Resident Alien

A person who is not a citizen or national of the United States and who is in this country on a visa or temporary basis and does not have the right to remain indefinitely. May also be referred to as Non-US Citizens. See IPEDS Ethnicity Reporting Rules for clarification on IPEDS race/ethnicity reporting.

 

Non-Tenure Track Term

Faculty who are not tenured and who do not accumulate credit toward tenure.

Normal Time to Completion

The amount of time necessary for students to complete all requirements for a degree or certificate according to the institution's catalog. This is typically 4 years (12 quarters, excluding summer term) for a bachelor's degree in a standard term-based institution.

 

Other High School

An education consisting of grades ten through twelve; designated as "Other" in the University system of record.

 

Other Term

Faculty holding term appointment other than lecturer; examples include Dean's Executive Professor, Legal Analysis, Research and Writing Instructor, Supervising Attorney, Director of the Legal Analysis, Research and Writing Program, Director, Academic Success Program, Teaching Scholar, Senior Fellow, Staff Attorney, University Professor (from 2004-05 forward, this category includes appointments of adjunct professor, adjunct associate professor, and adjunct assistant professor); full-time.

Part-Time Undergraduate Student

A student enrolled for less than 11 quarter units each term.

 

Pell Grant Program

Provides grant assistance to eligible undergraduate postsecondary students with demonstrated financial need to help meet educational expenses.

 

Perkins Loan Program

Provides low interest loans to eligible postsecondary students (undergraduate, graduate, or professional students) with demonstrated financial need to help meet educational expenses.  Formerly National Direct Student Loans.

 

Post Baccalaureate Certificate

An award that requires completion of an organized program of study requiring 18 credit hours beyond the bachelor's; designed for persons who have completed a baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of master.

 

Post Master's Certificate

An award that requires completion of an organized program of study of 24 credit hours beyond the master's degree, but does not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of master.

 

Primary Academic Plan

The major, minor, or certificate that a student has declared in position 1.

Private Giving

Gifts to the University from alumni, corporations, foundations, trusts, and associations.

 

Private High School

An education consisting of grades ten through twelve; controlled by a private individual(s) supported primarily by private funds.

 

Public High School

An education consisting of grades ten through twelve; whose programs and activities are operated by publicly elected/appointed school officials and primarily supported by public funds.

 

Quarterly / Semester

Faculty appointed for one quarter or semester to teach classes. This includes Academic Staff hired for one quarter and those who are teaching while on leave from other professional employment. Part-time.

Race / Ethnicity

Category used to describe groups to which individuals belong, identify with, or belong in the eyes of the community. The categories do not denote scientific definitions of anthropological origins. A person may be counted in only one group. See IPEDS Ethnicity Reporting Rules for clarification on IPEDS race/ethnicity reporting.

Race / Ethnicity Unknown

Category used to classify students or employees whose race/ethnicity is not known and institutions are unable to place them in one of the specified racial/ethnic categories. See IPEDS Ethnicity Reporting Rules for clarification on IPEDS race/ethnicity reporting.

 

Religious High School

An education consisting of grades ten through twelve; with a religious affiliation.

 

Renewable Term Lecturer (FT)

Faculty holding renewable-term lecturer appointments of an initial term of three years (this category was formalized in 2006-07); full-time.

Renewable Lecturer (PT)

Faculty holding renewable-term lecturer appointments of an initial term of three years; they are not tenured and do not accumulate credit toward tenure (this category was formalized in 2006-07). FTE is >=0.5 and <1.0 and is based on a full-time equivalent course load of six courses for Law and nine courses for all other schools/colleges. Part-time.

Required Fees 

Fixed sum charged to students for items not covered by tuition and required of such a large proportion of all students that the student who does not pay the charge is an exception.

 

Residence

A person's permanent address determined by such evidence as a driver's license or voter registration. For entering freshman, residence may be the legal residence of a parent or guardian.

 

Resident Alien

A person who is not a citizen or national of the United States and who has been admitted as a legal immigrant for the purpose of obtaining permanent resident alien status. See IPEDS Ethnicity Reporting Rules for clarification on IPEDS race/ethnicity reporting.

 

Retention Rate

Percent of students entering each fall quarter as first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students who return as second-year students. Students are included in the retention cohort if they start their college careers at SCU or another institution during the summer and continue at SCU in the fall quarter. Students who have achieved sophomore standing as a result of dual credit or Advanced Placement (AP) credit are also included in the cohort.

 

SAT

An examination administered by the Educational Testing Service and used to predict the facility with which an individual will progress in learning college-level academic subjects.

 

Secondary Academic Plan

The major, minor, or certificate that a student in positions 2, 3, 4, etc.

Senior Lecturer

Faculty with a continuing appointment at the rank of senior lecturer; full time.

Specialized Accreditation

Specialized accreditation normally applies to the evaluation of programs, departments, or schools which usually are parts of a total collegiate or other post secondary institution. The unit accredited may be as large as a college or school within a university or a small as a curriculum within a discipline.

 

Standardized Admissions Test

Tests prepared and administered by an agency independent of any postsecondary education institution, for purposes of making available to prospective students, information about the students' academic qualifications relative to a national sample. Examples are the SAT and ACT assessment tests.

 

Strategic Plan

A report that articulates university-wide goals and provides a framework for the development of detailed action plans to achieve these goals.

 

Student

A person who has actively entered into a relationship with an academic program of the University in an officially recognized capacity.

 

Student Headcount Enrollment

The actual number of individual students enrolled at a specified time regardless of whether the students are attending full-time or part-time.

 

Student Right-to-Know Act

Also known as the "Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act" (P.L. 101-542), which was passed by Congress November 9, 1990. Title I, Section 103, requires institutions eligible for Title IV funding to disclose completion or graduation rates of certificate- or degree-seeking, full-time students entering an institution to all students and prospective students. Further, section 104 requires each institution which participates in any Title IV program is attended by students receiving athletically-related student aid to annually submit a report to the Secretary. This report is to contain among other things graduation/completion rates of students receiving athletically-related student aid by race/ethnicity and gender and by sport, and the average completion or graduation rate for the four most recent years. These data are also required to be disclosed to potential student athletes (and others) when the institution offers athletically-related student aid.

 

Student-to-Faculty Ratio

An index of the average size (enrollment) of classes in relation to faculty resources.

 

Students of Color

A Santa Clara University defined category whose race/ethnicity includes: American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic of any race, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, or Two or more races.

 

Study Abroad

Any arrangement by which a student completes part of the college program studying in another country. Can be at a campus abroad or through a cooperative agreement with some other U.S. college or an institution of another country.

 

Summer

An academic term occurring during the Summer months (June through September) where multiple courses and sessions are offered.  The Summer quarter consists of multiple Summer sessions.

 

Teacher Certification

Program designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

 

Tenured

Faculty who are tenured; full-time.

 

Tenure Track

Faculty who are on tenure-track but are not tenured; full-time.

 

Transfer Credit

The total quarter credit hours recorded on the student's academic record as accepted by the institution as transfer credit from all previously attended institutions.

 

Transfer Student

A student entering the reporting institution for the first time but known to have previously attended a postsecondary institution at the same level (e.g. undergraduate, graduate).

 

Tuition

Amount of money charged to students for instructional services. Tuition may be charged per term, per course, or per credit.

 

Two or more races

Category used to classify individuals who self identified with more than one ethnic category.  Non-Hispanic. See IPEDS Ethnicity Reporting Rules for clarification on IPEDS race/ethnicity reporting.

 

Undergraduate

A student enrolled in a four or five year bachelor's degree program.

 

Underrepresented Minorities

A Santa Clara University defined category whose race/ethnicity includes: American Indian or Alaska Native, Black or African American, Hispanic of any race, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, or Two or more races.

 

Valedictorian

A prestigious award given to one of the top-ranked students in the graduating class.

 

Visualization

A technique for creating images, diagrams, or animations to communicate a message. 

 

Wait List

List of students who meet a university's admission requirements but will only be offered a place in the entering first-year class if space becomes available.

 

White

A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, North Africa, or the Middle East. Non-Hispanic. See IPEDS Ethnicity Reporting Rules for clarification on IPEDS race/ethnicity reporting.