Based on course enrollments, course credits hours and course level, full-time equivalent (FTE) student enrollment is part of the legislatively approved formula for funding instruction at UNLV. Both beginning of term (preliminary) and end of term (final) FTE is calculated for official reports. However only the final FTE is used for formulating budget projections and funding requests. Because of the variety of formulas used in calculating FTE enrollments, federal agencies typically employ a standardized methodology using the proportion of full- and part-time student enrollment reported by campuses to develop a figure that can be used for comparing institutions on this measure.
How FTE Enrollments Are Calculated at UNLV
FTE enrollment is calculated by multiplying the course credit by the number of students enrolled in the course, and then applying a divisor appropriate to the level of instruction (undergraduate, masters or doctoral). Undergraduate student credits, generated in courses for which the course number is below 500, may be classified as lower (i.e., 100- and 200-level) or upper (i.e., 300- and 400-level) division. Graduate student credits are categorized as masters or doctoral. For graduate level courses (i.e., the course number is 500 or above), student credits are identified as doctoral if the student is enrolled in a doctoral program; otherwise they are identified as masters. To calculate FTE, total undergraduate student credits are divided by 15; masters student credits are divided by 12, and doctoral student credits are divided by 9. These figures are reported to NSHE each semester.