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STUDENT OPPORTUNITY: Fall Semester Full-Time Equivalent Enrollment

Headcount enrollment shows the number of individual students (non-duplicated) who have paid fees and enrolled in classes. UNO has a mix of full- and part-time students at the undergraduate and graduate level. The full-time equivalent (FTE) of students provides a single value that provides a meaningful combination of full time and part time students. Furthermore, the IPEDS measure of FTE incorporates the workload differences of undergraduate and graduate students.

As a result, FTE enrollment is the most accurate measure of overall instruction workload and is frequently used for state budgeting, facilities planning, and resource allocation decisions. The trend chart shows that UNO’s fall FTE enrollment increased from 10,818 in 2004 to 11,309 in 2009. In 2010 FTE enrollment stood at 11,559, and in 2011 the campus recorded 11,570 FTE students. During the period, average annual growth in FTE enrollment was approximately 1 percent.

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Data: Fall Semester Full-Time Equivalent Enrollment: 2004-2010

Category 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
University of Nebraska at Omaha 10,818 10,756 11,087 11,023 11,200 11,309 11,681
CUMU Average (10 Institutions) 14,202 14,622 14,849 15,148 15,505 15,977
3-Campus NU Average 12,197 11,955 12,116 12,201 12,482 12,717

Definitions and Sources

Definitions: Fall Semester Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Enrollment: Full-time equivalent enrollments are derived from the IPEDS fall enrollment survey. The full-time equivalent of an institution's part-time enrollment is estimated by multiplying part-time enrollment by weights that vary by control and level of institution and level of student. The estimated full-time equivalent of part-time enrollment is then added to the full-time enrollment of the institution. The specific weightings applied to part-time enrollments are: Part-time undergraduate enrollment--Public 4-year (.403543); Part-time first-professional enrollment--Public 4-year (.600000); and Part-time graduate enrollment--Public 4-year (.361702).

Sources: UNO and CUMU peer institution trend data downloaded from Trends in College Spending online, a service of the Delta Project on Postsecondary Costs, Productivity and Accountability. All Delta Project Data are based on data reported annually by U.S. colleges and universities through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. UNO 2010 data updated by UNO Office of Institutional Research using Delta Project methods.