Texas Tech University

College Metrics Definition

Enrollment:
Includes students who are officially enrolled at Texas Tech University in credit-bearing classes.
Distance Education Course Enrollment and Course SCH
Counts are taken from credit bearing sections with instructional method or delivery mode taught via internet or web based (ONLINE or WEB).   These are fiscal year totals.
Retention and Graduation Rates:
Based on a cohort that includes degree-seeking, first-time, full-time new freshman, who are officially enrolled at Texas Tech University.    Retention is the percentage of the cohort that re-enroll in the following fall and are counted as of the census date.  Graduation rates track the percentage of the cohort that graduates in the given amount of time.
Degrees Awarded:
Counts of degrees officially awarded by year and term.  Degrees are awarded for Baccalaureate, Master's, Doctoral, and First Professional degrees to students who have completed the required hours for the degree.  Counts do not include certificates.
Certificates:
Are non-degree credentials granted to students for successful completion of required curriculum for certification.
Semester Credit Hours:
The total credit hours taught by a college are summed and reported at the college level for a given semester or fiscal year.
Weighted Semester Credit Hours:
SCH are given a weight based on level of the course, level of the students, and formula funding rate.   A table with the relative weights is available at this link http://www.irim.ttu.edu/FormulaFunding.php 
Faculty Headcount:
Faculty counts include all faculty with at least a partial instructional appointment and 9-month
Faculty Headcount by Tenure Status:
Faculty headcounts by tenure status as of November1.
Faculty Average Salary:
The average 9-month salary of Faculty with at least a partial instructional appointment and 9-month salary is greater than zero.      These counts may include or exclude Teaching Assistants and Graduate Part-Time Instructors.
Faculty FTE (Full-Time Equivalent):
The total of all instructional appointments for faculty employed in the fall term.  A full-time appointment counts as 1 and partial appointments are summed to yield equivalent full-time appointments.   This excludes Teaching Assistant and Graduate Part-Time Instructor (TA/GPT-I).
Teaching Staff FTE:
The Total of all instructional appointments for faculty, Teaching Assistants (TA), and Graduate Part-Time Instructor (GPT-I) employed in the fall term.  A full-time appointment count as 1 and partial  appointments are summed to yield equivalent full-time appointments.

 Research Awards and Expenditures  

Research:
For proposals and awards with multiple principal investigators/co-investigators, credit for the proposal and the associated award is split among the units.
# of Proposals:
Number of proposals for sponsored projects reported by the center, institute or department through which the proposal was submitted.
Proposal Amounts:
Dollar value of proposals for sponsored projects reported by the center,  institute or department through which the proposal was submitted.
Award Amounts by Home Department:
Dollar amount of awards for sponsored projects reported by home department of the principal investigators and co-investigators.
Award Amounts by Submitting Unit:
Dollar amount of awards for sponsored projects reported by center, institute or department through which the proposal was submitted
# of Awards:
Number of awards for sponsored projects reported by the center, institute or department through which the proposal was submitted.
Restricted Research Expenditures (RRE):
Restricted research expenditures are reported annually to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) on October 31st.   Restricted research expenditures are those expended for research (program code 200) from restricted funds such as sponsored projects and gifts (funds starting with 2xxxxx). Expenditures for capital construction, sub-awards to other Research Development Fund (RDF) institutions, and facilities and administrative (F&A) costs are excluded.

Total Research Expenditures (TRE):
Total research expenditures are reported annually to the THECB on December 1st.   Total research expenditures are all funds expending for research (program code 200) from any source of funds.  The only exclusion is for capital construction costs. Included in Total Research Expenditures are:

  • State Appropriations
    • State Grants
    • Federal Grants
    • Institutional Funds
    • Private for Profit Entities
  • Private for Non-Profit Entities

Faculty are classified as:

  • TTT (Tenured/Tenure-Track)
  • RF (Research Faculty)
  • PP (Professor of Practice)

 Finance

E&G Funds:
Funds comprised of tax (General Revenue) funds in the state treasury and funds generated locally (Other E & G) by the University from students and other sources.   This also includes funds generated locally by the University and appropriated by the state (e.g., tuition, fees, interest earnings, etc.) to be used for administration, institutional expense, instruction and departmental research, physical plant operation, and other items related to instruction.
Line Items:
State funds allocated to the University for Special Appropriation Items as requested during the legislative session.
Grad Tuition:
State tuition charged to graduate students.
Designated Funds - Fee:
Unrestricted funds that are internally allocated for specific purposes – student services fees, information technology fees, library fees, etc.
Auxiliary:
Funds used to provide services for students, faculty, and staff which generally charge a fee directly    related to the cost of the service provided (e.g., athletics, residence halls, hospitality services, traffic & parking, etc.).   No state funds can be used to support auxiliary operations.
Gift:
Donated funds that are restricted based on an agreement between the donor and the University.
HEAF:
State appropriated funds established to acquire, construct or improve tangible assets.  Created to assist state universities that are outside the University of Texas and Texas A&M Systems.
Sponsored Projects:
Sponsored projects which are externally-funded activities in which a formal written  agreement (i.e., grant, contract, or cooperative agreement) is entered into by the institution and  the sponsor to accomplish a specified statement of work.  Sponsors may be federal agencies, other  states or other State of Texas agencies, or any other entity from the public or private sector.
Instructional Costs - code 100:
All expenditures in program code 100, Instruction, that were part of the Provost's Division.  These include expenditures for activities that are part of the institution's instruction program;  including credit and non-credit courses; academic, vocational, and technical instruction; remedial and tutorial instruction; and regular, special, and extension sessions.

 Efficiency Ratios  

Student FTE Per Faculty FTE (IPEDS)
Student FTE divided by Instructional Staff FTE.  IPEDS definition of Student FTE:  Full-Time students + 1/3 Part-Time students (excluding any stand-alone program, example: Law).  IPEDS definition of Instructional Staff FTE:  Full-Time Instructional Staff + 1/3 Part-Time Instructional Staff (excluding any stand-alone program, example: Law).  Instructional Staff defines as having occupational category that is comprised of staff who are either 1) primarily instruction or 2) instruction combined with research and/or public service. 
Student FTE Per Faculty FTE (THECB)
Student FTE divided by Faculty FTE.  Uses THECB definition of Student FTE:   Fall Undergraduate SCH/15; Fall Masters and Law SCH/12; and Fall Doctoral SCH/9.
Student Headcount Per Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Headcount
Total Fall Enrollment divided by Total Fall Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty headcount.
Student Headcount Per Faculty FTE
Total Fall Enrollment divided by Total Fall Faculty FTE.
Student Headcount Per Teaching Staff FTE
Total Fall Enrollment divided by Total Fall Teaching Staff FTE.
SCH Per Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Headcount
Total Fiscal Year Semester Credit Hours (SCH) divided by Total Fall Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty headcount.
SCH Headcount Per Faculty FTE
Total Fiscal Year Semester Credit Hours (SCH) divided by Fall Faculty FTE.
SCH Per Teaching Staff FTE
Total Fiscal Year Semester Credit Hours (SCH) divided by Total Fall Teaching Staff FTE.
WSCH Per Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Headcount
Total Fiscal Year Weighted Semester Credit Hours (WSCH) divided by Total Fall Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty headcount.
WSCH Headcount Per Faculty FTE
Total Fiscal Year Weighted Semester Credit Hours (WSCH) divided by Total Fall Faculty FTE.
WSCH Per Teaching Staff FTE
Total Fiscal Year Weighted Semester Credit Hours (WSCH) divided by Total Fall Teaching Staff FTE.
Instructional Salaries Per Semester Credit Hours
Instructional Salaries (IS) divided by Fiscal Year Total Semester Credit Hours (SCH).
Instructional Salaries Per Weighted Semester Credit Hours
Instructional Salaries (IS) divided by Fiscal Year Total Weighted Semester Credit Hours (WSCH).
Total Instructional Cost Per Semester Credit Hours
Total Instructional Cost (TIC) divided by Fiscal Year Total Semester Credit Hours (SCH).
Total Instructional Cost Per Weighted Semester Credit Hours
Total Instructional Cost (TIC) divided by Fiscal Year Total Weighted Semester Credit Hours (WSCH).
Restricted Research Expenditures (RRE) Per Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty
Total Restricted Research Expenditures (RRE) divided by Total Fall Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty headcount.
Restricted Research Expenditures (RRE) Per Faculty FTE
Total Restricted Research Expenditures (RRE) divided by Total Fall Faculty FTE
Restricted Research Expenditures (RRE) Per Teaching Staff FTE
Total Restricted Research Expenditures (RRE) divided by Total Fall Teaching Staff FTE.

 Calculation for 1-Year, 3-Year, and 5-Year Changes:

Changes calculations are based on the current terms and the prior 1, 3, and 5 years data:
Using Enrollment as an example and the term is Fall 2014, the following are the calculations:      
 For 1-Year Change:
(Current - Prior 1 Year)/Prior 1 Year)
For Current (Fall 2014) Enrollment = 35,158,
For Prior 1-Year (Fall 2013) Enrollment = 33,111
Calculation: ((35158-33111)/33111) = 6.18% or 6.2%
 For 3-Year Change:
(Current - Prior 3 Year)/Prior 3 Year)
For Current (Fall 2014) Enrollment = 35,158,
For Prior 3-Year (Fall 2011) Enrollment = 32,327
Calculation: ((35158-32327)/32327) = 8.76% or 8.8%
 For 5-Year Change:
(Current - Prior 5 Year)/Prior 5 Year)
For Current (Fall 2014) Enrollment = 35,158,
For Prior 5-Year (Fall 2009) Enrollment = 30,049
Calculation: ((35158-30049)/30049) = 17.0%

Institutional Research