WSU Glossary

Academic Year
The period of time extending from the beginning of fall semester (August) to the conclusion of spring semester (April or May).
ACT Scores
Subject-specific subscores and one composite score on a comprehensive achievement test for college-bound high school students, administered by the American College Testing program. Utah’s average composite score of 21 is slightly higher than the national average. Most Utah students take the ACT rather than the SAT.
ADA Legislation
Americans with Disabilities Act. Federal legislation establishing mandated standards for access to programs and physical access for students with disabilities.
All Instructional Costs
Appropriated and non-appropriated costs of instruction.
Annualized Year
The enrollment period consisting of the academic year plus the preceding summer semester, which has enrollments adjusted to reflect an academic year equivalent.
Applicant Major
A major that students are classified as until prerequisites for full major status are completed; intended major of study.
Associate’s Degree
An award that normally requires at least two but fewer than four years of full-time equivalent college work.
Applied Technology College.
Auxiliary Enterprises
Entities that exist to furnish goods or services to students, faculty or staff, and that charge fees directly related to the cost of goods or services sold. Auxiliary enterprises operate on essentially a self-supporting basis. Includes housing, food services, bookstores, etc.
Base Budget
The base budget is the appropriated budget for the fiscal year preceding the request year with adjustments to dedicated credit based upon estimates made before the fiscal year begins.
Board Of Trustees
A ten-member board with eight members appointed by the governor and two members serving by right of the office. Those two members are the president of the alumni association and the president of the student association. The trustees advise the president on overseeing the operation of the university and discharge delimited governance responsibilities as specified by state law or State Board of Regents policy.
Budget Related Enrollment
A course that is state funded and charges regular tuition and fees. Enrollment is eligible for state funding.
A formal award attesting to the satisfactory completion of a post-secondary education program.
Continuing Education Unit is a unit of instruction in a non-credit course offered through continuing education or extension.
Communication Network operated by Utah State University for delivery of education at specific sites throughout the state.
Comparison Institutions
see Peer Institutions
credit course
A course that, if successfully completed, can be applied toward the number of courses required for achieving a degree, certificate, diploma or other formal award.
Custom Fit
Tailored training for new and expanding businesses funded by the State Office of Education. Trainees must be already employed by the company.
An award conferred by the university as official recognition for successful completion of a program of studies.
A formal document certifying the successful completion of a prescribed program of studies.
Early College
A program that enrolls high school students in post-secondary courses before their graduation from high school.
A division of the Utah Education Network, EDNET is an interactive (two-way), audio and video, closed-circuit microwave television system that connects all higher education campuses and many public education institutions.
E & G
Education and General, in the line item at each institution which makes up the largest portion of the institution’s appropriated funds. Education and General also is a National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) category that includes all operating funds of an institution with the exception of restricted, auxiliary and hospital funds.
First-Time Freshman
An entering freshman who has never attended any college after graduation from high school.
Fiscal Year
July 1 through June 30. (Federal government uses October 1 through September 30.) Abbreviated as FY.
A first-year undergraduate student.
Full Time Equivalent. An FTE student is one undergraduate student enrolled for 15 credit hours or one graduate student enrolled for 10 credit hours. An FTE faculty is an individual with a regular full-time faculty contract for an academic year. An FTE staff is an individual who works a regular full-time schedule of 40 hours per week for the entire fiscal year (2,080 hours per year).
Full-Time Student
For budgetary purposes, a full-time student carries a load of 15 undergraduate credit hours. For most scholarship and financial aid programs, including federal loans, a student is generally considered to be full time with a load of 12 credits.
Undergraduate – A student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits.
Graduate – A student enrolled for nine or more semester credits.
Graduate Student
A student who holds a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, and is taking courses at the post-baccalaureate level.
Funded Enrollment Target
The number of students at an institution funded by the Legislature. Used in enrollment formula to calculate budget request.
Refers to the numerical total of individuals enrolled at the specific census date or for a specific period. Headcount is generally considered to be “unduplicated,” meaning each student is only counted once, even though the student may fall into several enrollment categories.
High Tech Funds
Monies used to promote technical training in selected areas funded as grants from the Utah Department of Economic Development.
Institutional Support Expenditures
Expenditures for executive-level, financial, physical plant, legal development, personnel, purchasing and other general administration functions of the total institution.
A student who has completed the equivalent of two years of full-time undergraduate work (60-90 credit hours).
Internet connection for all public and private college and university libraries.
Lower Division
Courses leading toward an associate’s degree or transfer credit excluding vocational courses. Generally 0 to 2990-level courses.
Master’s Degree
An award that requires the successful completion of a program of study of at least the full-time equivalent of one but not more than two academic years of work beyond the bachelor’s degree.
Membership Hours
Based on the number of hours per day each student is enrolled.
Non-Credit Course
A course of activity having no credit applicable toward a certificate, degree, diploma or other formal award.
A student who does not meet the requirements defined in state law and Utah State Board of Regents policy that allow the student to qualify for resident tuition in the state where he/she attends school.
Other Freshman
A student who has completed 1-30 credit hours of undergraduate work.
Official Reporting Date
The date on which an institution must report enrollment data to the state and other governing bodies. Sometimes referred to as Third Week Census.
Part-Time Student
Undergraduate – A student enrolled for 11 semester credits or fewer.
Graduate – A student enrolled for eight semester credits or fewer.
Peer Institutions
A list of institutions from across the nation approved by the Utah System of Higher Education to be comparable to Utah institutions. Six sets of peer institutions are used: one each for the University of Utah, Utah State University, Utah Valley University and Salt Lake Community College, a single set for both Weber State University and Southern Utah University and one set for Snow College, Dixie State College and the College of Eastern Utah. The peer institutions for Weber State University are listed at
A student who does meet the requirements defined in state law and Utah State Board of Regents policy that allow the student to qualify for resident tuition.
“Right-To-Know” Legislation
Federal law which indicates that prospective students have a right to know their potential for success by being told how a particular institution has fared regarding student retention and graduation rates and regarding campus crime rates. Institutional success is judged by the percentage of students who graduate within one and one-half time the normal of completion.
Student Credit Hour. The unit by which an institution measures its course work; i.e., a three-credit-hour course. The number of credit hours assigned to a course is usually determined by the number of hours per week in class and the number of weeks in the term. SCH is used to determine FTE (add SCH undergraduate credits and divide by 15).
Self-Supporting Enrollments
A course that is not state funded and charges tuition and fees to cover the full cost of instruction.
A student who has completed the equivalent of three years of full-time undergraduate work (90 credit hours and over).
A student who has completed the equivalent of one year of full-time undergraduate work (31-60 credit hours).
Student-Faculty Ratio
Refers to the number of FTE students compared with the number of FTE faculty; i.e., a student-faculty ratio of 20:1 means 20 FTE students for each FTE faculty.
Student Level
Level of student program divided into: Vocational Education, Lower Division, Upper Division, Basic Graduate and Advanced Graduate.
Student Affairs Expenditures
Expenditures for those activities whose primary purpose is to contribute to students’ emotional and physical well-being and to their intellectual, cultural and social development outside the formal instructional program.
A distance-learning instructional course offered through some form of technical delivery mechanism: microwave, vertical banking, open broadcast television, or the Internet.
Third-Week Census
The official reporting date on which an institution must report enrollment data to the state and other governing bodies. This occurs after the third week of an academic semester and at the end of the summer session.
The Utah Education Network, the umbrella organization operating under the direction of the State Board of Regents, for delivery of instruction via technology. Its three components are: (1) KUED-TV (Channel 7), public television station; (2) KULC (Channel 9), an open broadcast public television station for delivery of instruction; and (3) EDNET, interactive microwave system.
A student enrolled in a four- or five-year bachelor’s degree program or an associate’s degree program.
Unduplicated Count
The sum of students enrolled for credit, with each student counted only once during the reporting period regardless of when the student enrolled.
Unfunded Enrollment
Difference between funded enrollment target and the projected enrollment for the fiscal year.
Upper Division
Courses leading toward a bachelor’s degree excluding vocational courses. Generally 3000- and 4000-level courses.
(Utah System of Higher Education) The network of public college and universities throughout the state of Utah, including the University of Utah, Utah State University, Weber State University, Southern Utah University, Snow College, College of Eastern Utah, Utah Valley University, and Salt Lake Community College.
Utah State Board Of Regents
The governing board for higher education in the state of Utah. The State Board of Regents consists of 15 voting members appointed by the governor, a student regent appointed by the governor, and 3 non-voting members who represent the State Board of Education and Utah College of Applied Technology Board of Trustees. Key powers and duties of the State Board of Regents include hiring and firing institutional presidents, submitting budget requests to the Legislature, approving tuition increase proposals, and approving academic program offerings, in addition to numerous other functions.