Research

Oregon Higher Education Statewide Snapshots Definitions


Data are from academic year 2016-17 except where noted.


ENROLLMENT

Total Students Enrolled: 
Includes all public and private postsecondary institutions in Oregon. Includes Oregon resident and non-resident, as well as graduate, undergraduate, and non-admitted students (e.g., high school students). Public institutions are 17 community colleges and 7 public universities. Private institutions include degree-granting and career certificate schools.
Other Enrollment Data: 
All other enrollment data in this section (with the exception of Area of Instruction category) refer to Oregon resident, undergraduate students, including any high school students enrolled in dual-credit/accelerated learning courses and students enrolled in community college non-credit courses.
Race/Ethnicity, Enrollment, Age, Gender
For universities, includes Oregon resident undergraduate students and high school students enrolled in dual-credit/accelerated learning courses. For community colleges, this includes all students. Race/ethnicity, age, and gender are self-reported. For gender, “not reported” includes other options available at some schools. For age, totals may not sum to 100 due to unreported ages.
Area of Instruction:
Includes Oregon resident, undergraduate and graduate students, including high school students enrolled in dual-credit/accelerated learning courses and those taking community college non-credit courses. For university students, this is based on admission criteria. For community college students, this shows the percentage of students whose primary area of instruction is Lower Division Collegiate (LDC), Career/Technical Education (CTE), Developmental Education (Dev. Ed.), or non-credit courses. The primary area of instruction is the category in which the largest share of a student’s credits lies. A small number of students (0.1% statewide) are enrolled in other types of for-credit courses. Students in the non-credit group are enrolled only in non-credit courses, which may include LDC, CTE, Developmental and Adult Continuing Education, Personal Enrichment, and other types of non-credit courses.
1st-Generation Status: 
These data include only students who completed a Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) or Oregon Student Aid Application (ORSAA). A 1st-generation student is a student who reported no parents completed education beyond high school or its equivalent. If one parent in a two-parent household has completed a certificate, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree, that student is not considered a 1st-generation college student.
Non 1st- Generation Status: 
A student who completed a FAFSA/ORSAA and reported at least one parent completed a certificate, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree.​
Enrollment:
Full-time students are those who attempted 36+ credits annually. Part-time students are those who attempted 0 to 35 credits annually, including those only enrolled in non-credit courses. Credits for UO law students are prorated.


AFFORDABILITY

Affordability Data:
All data in this section (except for institutional aid) refer only to resident, undergraduate students who filed a FAFSA/ORSAA. Students who did not file a FAFSA/ORSAA may include those from high-income and those from low-income families.
Race/Ethnicity:
For specific affordability rates among those with more than one racial/ethnic group and those not reporting a racial/ethnic group, please see individual institution snapshots.
Students Unable to Meet College Expenses with Expected Resources:
Students for whom the total cost of attendance exceeds the sum of their federally expected family contribution (EFC), public grant aid, and own earnings. The estimate of students’ earnings follows the Oregon Opportunity Grant formula of 90% of the minimum wage times 15 hours per week times 48 weeks.
Cost of Attendance (COA):
Based on institutional reports of standard student budgets including tuition/fees, books/supplies, room/board, personal expenses, transportation, and other costs.​
1st-Generation Status:
Shows the percentage of 1st-generation students unable to meet college expenses with expected resources and the parallel share of non-1st-generation students unable to meet college expenses with expected resources. For definition of 1st-generation status, see Enrollment section above.​
Students Receiving Financial Aid:
Data on federal Pell grants, Oregon Opportunity grants (OOG), and Oregon Promise grants are available only for those who filed a FAFSA/ORSAA. Measure shows the number of students who received a grant at some point during the academic year. Institutional aid data reflect all resident undergraduates, whether or not they filed a FAFSA/ORSAA.
Students Eligible for OR Opportunity Grant: 
Students eligible for an OOG are those who file a FAFSA/ORSAA by the program deadline and meet family income requirements. Only some of these students received a grant because of limited program funds. Students with the lowest family incomes are prioritized for receipt.
COA after Public Student Aid:
This measure shows what the average cost of attendance is for students who receive public aid. It subtracts average public aid (calculated as total Pell, OOG, and Oregon Promise disbursements to the institution, divided by total number of students receiving aid) from the total cost of attendance.
Max. Pell grant = $5,815      Max. OR Opportunity grant = $2,250      Max. OR Promise grant = $1,000 - $3,398
COA after Institutional Aid: 
The cost of attendance after subtracting the average amount of public aid and institutional aid (as reported by the institutions) provided to students.
Time to Completion:
For university students, time to completion reflects the average time between undergraduate admission and degree completion for first-time freshmen. For community college students, the calculations are based on all 2016-17 first-time associate degree recipients who are not high school students. The first term of enrollment was defined as the earliest term prior to the award when the student was enrolled in an LDC, CTE, or postsecondary Dev. Ed. course that is not a dual-credit course at any Oregon community college.


OUTCOMES

Completion:
At the university, a completion is the awarding of a bachelor’s or advanced degree or professional certificate. Undergraduate completion rates are the percentage of full-time, first-time freshmen in the fall 2011 cohort who complete a bachelor’s degree within six years at any of the public universities.

For community colleges, a completion is the awarding of an associate degree or career certificate, or the transfer to any 4-year university nationwide. Completion rates are the percentage of students with one of these completions among the students who were new to the institution in fall 2010, were not enrolled in dual-credit/accelerated learning courses, and earned at least 18 quarter credits over 2 years or earned an award requiring fewer than 18 credits. This cohort reflects the degree-seeking cohort of the Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA) but with 3-year outcomes.
Race/Ethnicity:
For specific completion rates among those with more than one racial/ethnic group and those not reporting a racial/ethnic group, please see individual institution snapshots.
Bachelor’s Completion if continued to junior year: ​
This measure shows how many students who are about half-way through a bachelor’s degree program complete the degree. It compares first-time freshmen who continue into a third year and who graduate within 6 years of admission to the university with students from any Oregon community college who transfer with at least 90 credits accepted and then graduate within 4 years of admission to the university. For these bachelor’s degree completion rates, a transfer student is any student who was enrolled in an Oregon community college and was then admitted to an Oregon public 4-year university as a transfer student. This does not include students who enroll in one university and transfer to another university nor those who transfer from one community college to another.
1st-Year Continuation:
For university students, this reflects the percentage of first-time, full-time freshmen who continue at the university after completing one year. For community college students, this reflects the VFA degree-seeking cohort of students who were new to the institution in the fall of 2010 or preceding summer, not enrolled in dual-credit courses after the spring of 2010 (a proxy for high school graduates), and earned at least 18 quarter credits or earned an award requiring fewer than 18 credits by the end of 2 years. This metric shows the retention rate for this VFA cohort, i.e., the percentage of students who had not completed and were enrolled in both years.
1st-Generation Status:
Shows the completion rate for 1st-generation students and the comparable completion rate for non-1st-generation students. For definition of 1st-generation status, see Enrollment section above.
Annual Earnings:
Earnings outcomes come from the Oregon Employment Department and include students employed in Oregon in 2016-17, five years after completion in 2011-12. Includes all associate and bachelor’s degree recipients whether or not they completed additional degrees after completing their associate/bachelor’s degree.
General notes:
Numbers may not sum to 100 due to rounding. To protect confidentiality, data are suppressed for measures containing fewer than 7 students.​
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