Monitored Metrics

Metrics that appear in the Unit Stability Update are explained below.

The FSBC is continually striving to provide a robust suite of metrics to help faculty monitor the stability of their programs.  It is generally possible to identify patterns (if they exist) when several metrics are examined. 

The Following are the current list of metrics being provided to units to assist with the Unit Stability Update.  This list may change over time.  Note that many of these metrics are not being actively monitored, but are being provided to help understand the overall budget for the unit and the concerns of students.  Faculty are also encouraged to compare the trends in their Unit with trends occurring in the University Budget, the Distribution of Faculty & Credit Hour Production, and at our Michigan Peers.

All faculty should have access to the metrics associated with their home unit after logging in with their faculty log-in.

The metrics are provided in tabular and graphical format at https://reports.ia.gvsu.edu/misc/sustdash/

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Notes about the Monitored Metrics

  • All values are provided by year for the previous six years
  • A period (.) in any cell indicates missing data or removed data due to small sample sizes
  • Values are highlighted if they are based on small sample sizes or are not a good match
  • Details about the calculations, along with definitions of terms, are provided below the graphs of each Monitored Metric

The FSBC is continually striving for ways to make the metrics more meaningful, if you have suggestions please contact a member of the committee

 

 

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Please be aware that errors likely exist

Many of the values provided have been calculated uniquely for a unit based on the configuration of the programs within the unit.  Therefore, it is possible that mistakes may occur (either simple typos or faulty assumptions).  Some values may have been entered by hand and may have been entered a long time ago and are no longer valid. 

It the responsibility of the Unit Head to work with Institutional Analysis (Philip Batty) to make sure the values are valid and meaningful

   

 

Monitored Metrics

The following metrics are actively monitored by FSBC as part of the Annual Examination of Unit Stability Metrics.


Enrollment in Undergraduate Majors

The number of undergraduate majors declared to a program within the unit provided by semester

If the Unit oversees multiple programs, then numbers are also provided for each Program as a drop-down menu in the top right corner. 


Enrollment in Graduate Programs

The number of graduate students declared to a program within the unit by semester. 


Enrollment in Undergraduate Minors

The number of undergraduate minors declared to a program within the unit by semester.

If the Unit oversees multiple programs, then numbers are also provided for each Program as a drop-down menu in the top right corner. 


Number of Degrees Conferred

The number of degrees conferred for undergraduate majors, graduate majors and minors.  

If the Unit oversees multiple programs, then numbers are also provided for each Program as a drop-down menu in the top right corner. 


Student Credit Hours Production

The number of Student Credit Hours (SCH) generated by the Unit for all courses and separately for Graduate and Undergraduate courses.

Student Credit Hours (SCH) is the number of students multiplied by the number of credits and then summed for each class taught by the unit in a given academic year.  In cases where a course is cross listed across programs, only the students enrolled in the section belonging to the unit are counted.  Credits are counted for all credits attempted, unless they drop before the census.  Similarly if a course is co-taught the ratio of the teaching workload for that course is used to parse out what fraction of the SCH it taught by each instructor.

If the Unit oversees multiple programs, then numbers are also provided for each course prefix as a drop-down menu in the top right corner. 


Student Credit Hour Distribution

The percent of Student Credit Hours (SCH) generated by the Unit taught by instructor type (TT or FT) and explicitly for lower-division courses.  Also included is the percentage of SCH taught to Majors and the percentage of course grades assigned as DFW [graded outcomes that were D (including D+), F, NC, or W].

If the Unit oversees multiple programs, then numbers are also provided for each course prefix as a drop-down menu in the top right corner. 


Faculty FTE

The number of Tenure-Track (TT) and Visiting and Affiliate and Adjunct faculty in a unit converted to Full Time Equivalent (FTE).

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) is a measure of staffing that accounts for part-time employees by counting their time commitment as a percentage of a full-time load (e.g. two half-time employees equal one FTE).  No employee counts as more than one FTE, no matter how hard or long that person works.

Note a more detailed breakdown is provided under Informational Only under Faculty FTE by Rank.


TT Load (Fall, Winter & Summer)

The average TT faculty workload in the unit provided for Teaching and Re-assigned time allocated toward Administrative, Scholarship and Service.  These values are provided for Fall, Winter and Summer (although Spring/Summer only includes the Teaching Load).

Reassigned - The number of workload credits reassigned from teaching, as reported to to the Office of the Provost. The subcategories (Administration, Scholarship, and Service) were assigned post hoc, sometimes from very terse descriptions. In most cases, the reassigned time excludes activities that faculty members undertook as part of their "significant focus", but some cases appear to include both. Data are available from 2015-16 through the most recently completed academic year.

Teaching Load - Total workload value of courses taught by applicable faculty, divided by the full-time equivalent number of applicable faculty. Workload values of courses by meeting type were assigned by academic units and recorded in Banner. Individuals' workload credit for a given course section may differ from the Banner value. For courses with missing workload values, the credit hour value is used.

Tenure-Track (TT) includes all tenured and tenure-track faculty members in tenure-eligible appointments.  Tenured individuals who are no longer in faculty appointments (e.g. Deans) are not counted; however, Associate Deans still hold their faculty appoints and are counted.

Note, this is the first time the numbers have been calculated in this way, thus there may be errors.  Please look carefully to confirm the accuracy of the values.


Average Section Size

The average number of students in each section at census for lower-division, upper-division and graduate courses.  Cross-listed or stacked sections (which share a room, time, and instructor) are consolidated into one conglomerate section with all students assigned to the largest section. 0-credit (lab or other sections typically associated with a lecture) and Online sections are also provided.

Stacked sections are provided for each unit under NotesThe unit head should confirm they are correct and that the list is complete.

If the Unit oversees multiple programs, then numbers are also provided for each Program as a drop-down menu in the top right corner. 


Number of Low-Enrolled Sections

Low-Enrolled sections are those with fewer than 15 enrollees (fewer than 10 for graduate courses) at census. Course sections must have a scheduled meeting pattern or be fully online to be included. Cross-listed or stacked sections (which share a room, time, and instructor) are consolidated and assigned to the largest section.

Stacked sections are provided for each unit under NotesThe unit head should confirm they are correct and that the list is complete.


Cost per Student Credit Hour

The average cost per Student Credit Hour (SCH) of all programs in the unit and estimated for graduate courses only.  The Delaware Study Benchmark costs are included for comparison.  The values presented are relativized for easy comparison and to avoid focusing on the dollar value. 

Note the actual costs (dollar value) is provided under Informational Only under Cost per Student Credit Hour.


Retention Rate

The standardized retention rate for the Unit relative to the university. 

A value above 1 is better retention (fewer people leaving the university) than the mean of the university and below 1 is less.  Students are only counted if they left the university (not changed majors).  The last major is used.  Note the value is relativized therefore it is relative to the overall university retention rate reported by Institutional Analysis HERE

If the Unit oversees multiple programs, then numbers are also provided for each Program as a drop-down menu in the top right corner. 


Graduation Rate

The percentage of students that achieved the Bachelor’s Degree within 6 years of the semester in which they declared the most recent major.


Average Time to Graduation

The average number of years a student has been at GVSU when they graduate for First Time in Any College (FTIAC), Transfer, and Graduate students.

If the Unit oversees multiple programs, then numbers are also provided for each Program as a drop-down menu in the top right corner. 


Hours at Completion

The average number of credit hours a student earned when they graduate for First Time in Any College (FTIAC), Transfer, and Graduate students. 

If the Unit oversees multiple programs, then numbers are also provided for each Program as a drop-down menu in the top right corner. 


Undergraduate Grade Point Average

The average grade point in undergraduate courses taught by the Unit.

Note this is the average grade of all the courses taught by the unit (not the grade point of the majors).


Graduate Grade Point Average

The average grade point in graduate courses taught by the Unit. 


Additional Metrics Provided (Informational Only)

The following metrics are not actively monitored by FSBC, they are provided to help the Unit interpret the metrics above and provide a more complex understanding of the trends occurring in the Unit.


Average Debt at Graduation

The average cumulative principal of all educational loans (subsidized or unsubsidized) “per borrower” when they graduate for First Time in Any College (FTIAC), Transfer, and Graduate students. 

If the Unit oversees multiple programs, then numbers are also provided for each Program as a drop-down menu in the top right corner. 


Status after Graduation

The percentage of students employed and in graduate school after graduation. 

If the Unit oversees multiple programs, then numbers are also provided for each Program as a drop-down menu in the top right corner. 


Cost per Student Credit Hour

The calculated average cost per Student Credit Hour (SCH) in dollar values of all programs in the unit and estimated for graduate courses only.  The Delaware Study Benchmark costs are included for comparison. 


Faculty Instruction Outside Unit

The number of SCH Taught by Unit faculty in the Unit (not including sections taught in other disciplines such as Honors) and the Total SCH Taught by Unit Faculty (including any section regardless of what unit it is housed in).


Fall Undergrad Enrollment by Class

The head count of Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, and Senior students enrolled in majors housed by the unit.

If the Unit oversees multiple programs, then numbers are also provided for each Program as a drop-down menu in the top right corner.


Students by Ethnicity

The number of African American (or Black), American Indian (or Alaskan Native), Asian, Hispanic (or Latino), Native Hawaiian (or other Pacific Islander), and White students enrolled in majors housed by the unit.

If the Unit oversees multiple programs, then numbers are also provided for each Program as a drop-down menu in the top right corner. 


Students by Sex

The number of Male and Female students enrolled in majors housed by the unit.

If the Unit oversees multiple programs, then numbers are also provided for each Program as a drop-down menu in the top right corner. 


Students by Age and Level

The number of students enrolled in majors housed by the unit above and below the age of 25.

If the Unit oversees multiple programs, then numbers are also provided for each Program as a drop-down menu in the top right corner. 


Faculty FTE by Rank

The Full Time Equivalent (FTE) of Full, Associate, Assistant, Affiliate, Visiting and Adjunct Professors in the Unit. 


FT Faculty by Ethnicity

The number of African American (or Black), American Indian (or Alaskan Native), Asian, Hispanic (or Latino), Native Hawaiian (or other Pacific Islander), and White Full-Time (FT) Faculty in the Unit.


FT Faculty by Sex

The number of Female and Male Full-Time (FT) Faculty in the Unit.


Section Fill Rate

The percent of the cap filled by student in Lower-division, Upper-division, Graduate, General Education, and Zero-Credit sections offered by the Unit.

If the Unit oversees multiple programs, then numbers are also provided for each Program as a drop-down menu in the top right corner. 


High DFW Courses

The number of course sections where 20% or more of graded outcomes were D (including D+), F, NC, or W.



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