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Academic Class Section

Includes component types Academic, Laboratory, Rehearsal/Performance, and Special Project.

Section number is unique to subject, catalog number, meeting time, professor teaching, and the term and year offered; can be cross-listed within or outside the subject. Sometimes multiple section numbers are reported under one controlling section.

Academic Level

Categorizes undergraduate students by the number of units earned towards a bachelor’s degree. Units may be earned by completing courses at Santa Clara, at another institution (transfer, study abroad), or testing (e.g. AP).

Students who have earned fewer than 44 units are classified as first-year (aka "freshman"); students who have earned 44 units but fewer than 88 are classified as sophomores, students with 88 units but fewer than 132 are classified as juniors, and students with 132 or more units are classified as seniors.

Note that academic level is distinct from year-in-school, and so it is possible to have, e.g. a second-year freshman, a first-year sophomore, or a fifth-year senior. For completeness, all graduate students are assigned a level of ‘GRAD’.

Academic Standing 

To be in good academic standing at the University, a student must normally be enrolled for 12 or more units, must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 based on all courses taken at Santa Clara, and must have completed at least a minimum number of units as specified in the Bulletin. Failure to meet these requirements may result in academic probation or disqualification from future registration at the University.

Students in their last term of enrollment before completing a degree may be classified as a full-time student when enrolled for less than 12 units.

Academic Plan

Academic majors, minors, and certificates. 

Academic Plan Count

Count of declared primary and secondary plans; a duplicated count.

Academic Plan Level

Primary Plan: Major or minor in position 1

Secondary Plan: Major or minor in position 2, 3, 4

Academic Staff (FT)

An individual hired into a position as a research staff, laboratory instructor, or field instructor; full-time.

Academic Staff (PT)

An individual hired into a position as a research staff, laboratory instructor, or field instructor; part-time. This includes individuals who are teaching while on leave from other professional employment; part-time

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, full-time professional staff who may teach individual courses (e.g., a dean or academic advisor), and appointees who teach non-credit courses exclusively.

Admit 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 six 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

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.

Cumulative Units

The total number of units that contributed to the student's award; includes transfer units, test credits, and un-graded units.

Average Room & Board

The annual cost of an average accommodation type and meal-plan to use for comparison purposes.  SCU uses a standard residence double and mid-range meal-plan. 

Award Conferred

A bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, doctoral degree, licentiate, certificate or credential qualifying program (CQP) earned by an undergraduate or graduate student.

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 Santa Clara 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 is widely used to distinguish higher education institutions in terms of their degree programs and mission as an institution.

Cal Grant Recipients

Cal Grant recipients are recipients of grant funding under Cal Grant A, B, or C. Cal Grant recipients must meet eligibility and financial requirements as well as any minimum GPA requirements.  For the purpose of retention and graduation rates, Cal Grant recipient status mirrors the requirements for Federal financial aid status and is determined during year one.

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.

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Class Year Graduating class year
Club Sports

Student-organized sports clubs that are not regulated by the NCAA or NAIA and do not have varsity status; compete against other clubs from outside universities

Cohort

A collection of students, each of whom has passed a common entrance standard, who enter a university at the same time in pursuit of a common degree objective along a common timeline.

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.

Combined Class Sections

A class section where class offerings exist in two or more subjects.  In data on this website, the Combined Class Section will either be segmented from the non-combined sections and Enrollment for each section of the combined class will be displayed; or if an unduplicated count of class sections is required, then the controlling class section is assigned to the home department for the teaching professor.

Section number is unique to subject, catalog number, meeting time, professor teaching, and the term and year offered; can be cross-listed within or outside the subject.

Previously referred to as cross-listed classes.

 
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, annual expenses, financial aid, faculty, class sizes, and policies on transfers, academic offerings, student life.

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.

Controlling Class Sections

In situations of Combined Class Sections, the Controlling class section is assigned to the home department for the teaching professor.

Section number is unique to subject, catalog number, meeting time, professor teaching, and the term and year offered; can be cross-listed within or outside the subject. Sometimes multiple section numbers are reported under one controlling section.

Core

Classes part of the University's Core Curriculum.

Core 2009: Designates core classes from 2009-2010 and forward

Old Core: Designates core classes prior to 2009-2010

Credit

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

Degree

An award conferred by a postsecondary education institution to recognize the successful completion of a program of studies.

Degree-Seeking Students

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

Dining Plans

Allocation of purchasing points each term for the use of food and beverages on campus.

Basic: Available for all students.

Preferred: Available for all students; more points than the Basic plan.

Basic dining plan Junior/Senior: Available for Junior and Senior students only; fewer points than the Basic dining plan.

Apartment: Available only for Junior or Senior students living in apartment accommodations; plan with the fewest amount of points.

Doctoral Degree

The highest award a student can earn for graduate study.

Double Degree

A Program in which students may complete the requirements for two undergraduate bachelor degrees simultaneously. 

Double Major

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

Duration of Plan Enrollment

The number of terms a degree-seeking undergraduate student declared an academic plan; inclusive of first and last term of enrollment.

Early Action

A non-binding admission program that allows you to get an admission decision sooner. Admission decisions include: admit, deferred to Regular Decision, or denied. Early Action applicants are not limited to just applying to Santa Clara but must ensure adherence to the program rules of other colleges.

Early Decision

Early Decision I (ED I)

The Early Decision I (ED I) option is for applicants who have decided that Santa Clara University is their first choice and who are committed to enrolling at Santa Clara University if accepted. Applicants with alumni ties will receive the most consideration for their affiliation with Santa Clara University during the ED I process.

Early Decision I is a binding admission program. By applying ED I, applicants make a commitment to enroll if admitted to SCU. Applicants may not submit an Early Decision I applications to other institutions.

Applicants may apply to other Early Action programs, but must agree to promptly withdraw their application from all other institutions if admitted to SCU.

Decisions for students applying ED I are mailed in late December. The enrollment deposit deadline for admitted ED I applicants is January 7. Denied applicants are not reconsidered during Regular Decision.

Early Decision II (ED II)

Similar to Early Decision I,  Early Decision II (ED II) option is for applicants who have decided that Santa Clara University is their first choice and who are committed to enrolling at Santa Clara University if accepted.

By applying ED II, applicants are making a commitment to enroll if admitted to SCU. Applicants may not submit Early Decision II applications to other institutions.

Applicants may apply to other Early Action programs, but must agree to promptly withdraw their application from all other institutions if admitted to SCU.

Decisions for students applying ED II are mailed by February 15. The enrollment deposit deadline for admitted ED II applicants is March 1. Denied applicants are not reconsidered during Regular Decision.

Enrollment Statistics

The number of students attending Santa Clara 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 term.

Entering Cohort

A collection of students, each of whom has passed a common entrance standard, who enter a university at the same time in pursuit of a common degree objective along a common timeline.

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.

Faculty Categories & Faculty Type
Tenured/Tenure Track  
 

Tenured: Faculty who are tenured; full-time.

  Tenure Track: Faculty who are on tenure-track but are not tenured; full-time. 
Non Tenure Track Continuing/Renewable  
  Senior Lecturer: Faculty with a continuing appointment at the rank of senior lecturer; full time.
  Other Continuing: Faculty who hold special continuing appointments as an adjunct professor, adjunct associate professor, or adjunct assistant professor (there are no faculty in this category after 2003-04); full-time.
  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 Term 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.
Non Tenure Track Annual/Multi-year  
  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.
  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.
  Fixed Term (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 2007-08, this category included all faculty holding academic year appointments with FTE >=0.5 and <1.0.  Part-time.
Quarterly/Semester  
  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.
       
Faculty Clusters

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Faculty in Ethnic Studies, Liberal Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, Public Health Science, and Environmental Studies and Sciences are assigned to clusters according to their areas of expertise as determined by the Arts & Sciences Dean's Office. As such, these academic departments/programs may be reported in more than one cluster. Faculty in Science and Technology are assigned to clusters based on terms of their academic contract.

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, Fall term, Degree-seeking, Undergraduates

Established by IPEDS for the purpose of calculating retention and graduation rates.  A degree-seeking student who has no prior postsecondary experience attending any institution for the first time at the undergraduate level.  Fall term students who attended for the first time in the prior summer term or who entered with advanced standing based on credits earned in high school are included.

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, as well as students who entered with college credits earned before graduation from high school. 

Fixed Term Lecturer (FT, Faculty)

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)

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 2007-08, this category included all faculty holding academic year appointments with FTE >=0.5 and <1.0.  Part-time.

First Term of Plan Enrollment

The first term a degree-seeking undergraduate student declared an academic plan measured in relative terms.

Freshman

A first-year undergraduate student as defined by the HERI Freshman Survey. For SCU purposes, freshman has been replaced by first-year student.  

Freshman Survey (CIRP)

The survey issued biennially 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 Faculty FTE

The full-time equivalent for faculty; this is equal to headcount except in cases of reduced appointments such as phased retirements or other reductions in workloads as approved by the Dean and Provost.

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 Equivalency (FTE) Student

A measurement equal to one student enrolled full time in a term.  Total FTE enrollment is either full time plus the calculated equivalent of the part-time enrollment (UG and Executive MBA) or is unit-based (all other programs).

Full-time Equivalency (FTE)Units
PROGRAM UNITS
JD/MBA 9
Law Day 12
Law Evening 8
Undergraduate 12
MBA 9
Graduate Engineering 8
Pastoral Ministries 9, changed to 8 in 2007
Education, Counseling, Psychology 9
CAAP - Accounting Certificate 12
Jesuit School of Theology Varies

Fall 2011 to Present:
The FTE is calculated as it was prior to Fall 2011 for undergraduates and those in the Executive MBA program for both full-time and part-time students.  Other full-time students FTE is calculated using the table above but the full-time FTE is not capped as it was in prior years.  The FTE for part-time students is calculated as it was prior to Fall 2011.

Prior to Fall 2011:
A student taking units as described above is considered full-time and equal to one FTE.  Any excess units do not increase full-time headcount or FTE within a career, however, a student may be full-time in a career where their head is not counted.  This may result in the sum of a full-time FTE to be greater than the sum of the full-time heads.  A student taking fewer than the number of units noted above is considered part-time, with a headcount equal to one, and an FTE of less than one, based on units taken divided by FTE units.

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 divided by the number of courses taken.  The grades A, B, C, and D may be modified by (+) or (-) suffixes, except that the grade of "A" may not be modified by a (+) suffix. Grade point values per unit are assigned as follows:

A 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C 2.0
C- 1.7
D+ 1.3
D 1
D- 0.7
F 0
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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 (Undergraduates)

Graduating in 14 academic terms or fewer.

Graduating Late (Undergraduates)

Graduating in 17 or more academic terms.

Graduating On-Time (Undergraduates)

Graduating in four years, which is equivalent to 15 or 16 academic terms.

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 quarter is tracked for eight years.  Transfer students are also tracked for eight years.

Headcount

A count of individual, non-duplicated students/faculty/staff. 

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 Class Section

Academic work is 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. Includes component types Independent Study, Internship, Project/Thesis, Practicum.

Instructional Faculty

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

Instructor groupings

Category: Groups instructors into high-level reporting categories.

Type:  Groups instructors into reporting categories more detailed than “category”. See "faculty categories" for more notes.

Intramurals

Recreational sports teams open to all students within Santa Clara University; compete against other teams within Santa Clara University.

Intercollegiate

Sports teams at the varsity level at which student participation is regulated by the NCAA or NAIA; compete against outside university teams.

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).

Jesuit High School

Education at a school with a Jesuit religious affiliation consisting of grades nine through twelve.

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.

Last Term GPA

The cumulative GPA of the student at the end of their last term in an academic plan; this may be at completion when they earned a degree or when they dropped the plan from their record.

Less than Full-time Student

A student who takes fewer units than the full-time threshold set by Santa Clara University for a program of study.

Library

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

Major Field of Study

The academic discipline to which an undergraduate student formally 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. IPEDS definition.

Non-Core

Designates classes that are not New Core in 2009 and/or Old Core prior to 2009.

Non-credit Course

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

Non-Degree Seeking Student

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

Nonresident 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 Annual Faculty

Faculty who are not tenured and who do not accumulate credit towards tenure; hired on an annual basis.

Non-Tenure Track Term Faculty

Faculty who are not tenured and who do not accumulate credit toward tenure; hired on a term-by-term basis.

Non-Tenure Track Continuing/Multi-year Faculty

Faculty with continuing or renewable-term lecturer appointments but are not tenured or on tenure track.

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.

Other Continuing Faculty

Faculty who hold special continuing appointments as an adjunct professor, adjunct associate professor, or adjunct assistant professor (there are no faculty in this category after 2003-04); full-time.

Other High School

An education consisting of grades nine through twelve at a school designated as not Religious, Catholic, Private or Public.  

Other Term Faculty

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

An undergraduate student enrolled for less than 11 quarter units in a quarter.

Pell Grant Program

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

Percent Completed Plan

Percentage of degree-seeking, undergraduate students who completed an academic plan of those who “Declared in Plan”.

Percent Earned a Degree

Percentage of degree-seeking, undergraduate students who earned a degree, either in the selected academic plan or in a different academic plan, of those who “Declared in Plan”

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.

Plan Loss

Difference between % Earned a Degree and % Completed Plan for degree-seeking undergraduates.

Primary Academic Plan

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

Private Giving

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

Private High School

Education at a school controlled by a private individual(s); supported primarily by private funds; consisting of grades nine through twelve.

Public High School

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

Quarterly / Semester Faculty

Faculty appointed for one quarter or semester to teach classes; part-time.

Quarterly/Semester Faculty FTE

The full-time equivalent for faculty.  The FTE for quarterly part-time faculty is calculated based on actual classes taught.  For the School of Law, a full-time teaching load is 2.57 classes for a term, while for all other schools/colleges a full-time teaching load is 3.0 for a term.  So every academic class is assigned an FTE of 0.389105058 for Law and 0.33333333 for all other schools/colleges.  For independent study classes, the number of credit hours for the class is divided by 12(for Law)or 15(for all other schools/colleges).  If a class is team-taught, the FTE is divided among instructors.

Race / Ethnicity

Race/ethnicity is self-reported. Students may change their race/ethnicity through Human Resources self-service. This report represents the most recent race/ethnicity recorded in Santa Clara University's system of record, PeopleSoft. For consistency in multi-year reporting, any changes made to race/ethnicity are retroactively applied to all prior year data for each individual.

A 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, Nonresident alien is its own IPEDS reporting category that pulls out Nonresident aliens from the other race/ethnicity categories.  

Race / Ethnicity Unknown

A 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.

Regular Decision

Regular Decision is a non-binding admission program. It is the standard method of applying to a university and allows us to consider applicants for the first semester or second-trimester senior-year grades in our evaluation.

Regular Decision applicants are notified of their admission status via mail by April 1.

Relative Academic Term 

To facilitate a comparison of students entering at different points in time (e.g. fall 2010 or spring 2013), all measurements are based on a student’s relative term. There are four terms per year and, e.g. each first-time undergraduate student starts in term one and is expected to complete their degree within 16 terms.

Religious High School

Education at a school with a religious affiliation consisting of grades nine through twelve. 

Renewable Term Lecturer (FT) Faculty

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

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 

A 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 first-year students, the 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 term 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 term.  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

A major, minor, or certificate that a student has declared in positions 2, 3, or 4.

Senior Lecturer Faculty

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.

Student Status

Full-time

Undergraduate: Students enrolled in 12 units or more per term; prior to Fall 2010, full-time was defined as enrolling in 10 or more units per term.

Graduate: Status is dependent on individual program definitions.

Part-time

Undergraduate: Students enrolled in 11 or fewer units per term; prior to Fall 2010, part-time was defined as enrolling in 9 or fewer units per term.

Graduate: Status is dependent on individual program definitions.

Continuing: Students enrolling in the graduate program the following term; continuing their graduate studies.

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 Santa Clara University in an officially recognized capacity.

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 on 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 that 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 student FTE enrollment in relation to faculty FTE.

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. It can be at a campus abroad or through a cooperative agreement with another US 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 term consists of multiple Summer sessions. 

Teacher Certification

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

Tenured Faculty

Faculty who hold appointments at the rank of
Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, and Acting Assistant Professor; full-time.

Tenure Track Faculty

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

Tenured/Tenure Track Faculty

Faculty who are tenured or on tenure-track; 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, annually, per course, or per credit.

Two or more races

A category used to classify individuals who self-identified with more than one race/ethnic category.  Non-Hispanic. 

See IPEDS Ethnicity Reporting Rules for clarification on IPEDS race/ethnicity reporting.

Undergraduate

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

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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 that is 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. 

Visiting (FT) Faculty

Faculty holding a position at Santa Clara University while on leave from other professional employment; full-time.

Visiting (PT) Faculty

Faculty holding an academic year term appointment at Santa Clara University while on leave from other professional employment. FTE is <1.0; part-time.

Wait-List

A 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.

Year-in-school
(Undergraduate)

Measures the duration of time since a student entered tertiary education as an undergraduate student. For Santa Clara's quarter system:

First Year Between 1 and 4 terms
Second Year Between 5 and 8 terms
Third Year Between 9 and 12 terms
Fourth Year Between 13 and 16 terms
Fifth Year Greater than 16 terms

Note, the designation "first-year" can also refer to a student who has earned fewer than 44 quarter credits (see academic level) independent of their year-in-school.