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SAT Scores for entering students

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is an examination administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and is used to predict the facility with which an individual will progress in learning college-level academic subjects. Scores include all degree-seeking, full-time and part-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) students enrolled in fall, including students who began studies during summer.

Status (full-time/part-time) - (used by THECB)

Undergraduates with total semester credit hours (SCH)of 12 or greater are considered full-time students. Post-baccalaureates and graduates with total SCH of 9 or greater are considered full-time students.

State Appropriations

Includes general revenue support from the State of Texas for instruction and operations, infrastructure support, special items, tuition revenue bond debt service (TRBs), and group health insurance and employee benefits.

Start-up companies formed

Corporations, partnerships and other business entities formed to commercialize institution-owned intellectual property. (THECB)

Semester Credit Hours (SCHs)

The number of semester credit hours for a course multiplied by the total enrollment for that course. For example, a three hour course with 50 students enrolled is equal to 150 semester credit hours.

STEM plus Health Degrees

Includes the fields of Science, Technology, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, and Health.

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM)

Includes students in the same CIP codes as the NSF-defined STEM fields for science, technology, computer science, engineering, and math. See the complete list from NSF.

Student / Faculty Ratio: FTE Students per FTE Faculty

Total FTE students not in graduate or professional programs divided by total FTE instructional staff not teaching in graduate or professional programs. The ratio of FTE Students to FTE Faculty compared to baseline and aspirational peer groups (fall, IPEDS).

This ratio is often considered one (indirect) indicator of instructional quality and student-faculty engagement, and it is one factor in rankings systems such as USNWR.

State Appropriations (IPEDS - Finance)

State appropriations are amounts received by the institution through acts of a state legislative body, except grants and contracts and capital appropriations. Funds reported in this category are for meeting current operating expenses, not for specific projects or programs.