Institutional Research & Effectiveness

Data Definitions - B

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BACCALAUREATE COLLEGES GENERAL (CARNEGIE)
IPEDS

An institutional classification developed by the Andrew W. Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Baccalaureate Colleges General are primarily undergraduate colleges with major emphasis on baccalaureate programs. During the period studied, they awarded less than half of their baccalaureate degrees in liberal arts fields.

BACCALAUREATE COLLEGES LIBERAL ARTS (CARNEGIE)
IPEDS

An institutional classification developed by the Andrew W. Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Baccalaureate Colleges Liberal Arts are primarily undergraduate colleges with major emphasis on baccalaureate programs. During the period studied, they awarded at least half of their baccalaureate degrees in liberal arts fields.

BACCALAUREATE/ASSOCIATE'S COLLEGES (CARNEGIE)
IPEDS

An institutional classification developed by the Andrew W. Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges are undergraduate colleges where the majority of conferrals are below the baccalaureate level (associate's degrees and certificates ). During the period studied, bachelor's degrees accounted for at least ten percent of undergraduate awards.

BACHELOR'S DEGREE
IPEDS/ CDS

An award (baccalaureate or equivalent degree, as determined by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education) that normally requires at least 4 but not more than 5 years of full-time equivalent college-level work. This includes all bachelor's degrees conferred in a 5-year cooperative (work-study) program. A cooperative plan provides for alternate class attendance and employment in business, industry, or government; thus, it allows students to combine actual work experience with their college studies. Also includes bachelor's degrees in which the normal 4 years of work are completed in 3 years.

BACHELOR'S OR EQUIVALENT DEGREE-SEEKING SUBCOHORT
IPEDS

In the GRS component of IPEDS, a cohort of students who were seeking a bachelor's or equivalent degree upon entry.

BALANCE OWED ON PRINCIPAL
IPEDS

Outstanding balance owed on indebtedness principal (at the beginning/end of the year) as shown in the liability section of the balance sheet.

BALANCE SHEET
IPEDS

An official financial statement that lists a postsecondary institution's assets and liabilities as of a specified date.

BENEFITS
IPEDS

Payments made to or on behalf of an individual over and above that received in the form of a salary or wage. Frequently this is associated with an insurance payment.

BLACK OR AFRICAN AMERICAN (NEW DEFINITION)
IPEDS

A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.

BLACK, NON-HISPANIC (OLD DEFINITION)
IPEDS/ CDS

A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa (except those of Hispanic origin).

BOARD (CHARGES)
CDS

Assume average cost for 19 meals per week or the maximum meal plan.

BOARD CHARGES
IPEDS

Charges assessed students for an academic year for meals.

BOARD PLAN
IPEDS

The method for providing meals to students during an academic year. Plans may include a specific charge for a specified number of meals per week or a specified amount against which students may charge their meals.

BOOK VALUE
IPEDS

The dollar value of the physical asset at the time of construction or purchase of that asset, or, if the asset is a gift, the market value of the asset at the time of the gift. It may also be the difference between the balance of a physical plant asset account and its related accumulated depreciation account.

BOOKS AND SUPPLIES
IPEDS/ CDS

The average cost of books and supplies for a typical student for an entire academic year (or program). Does not include unusual costs for special groups of students (e.g., engineering or art majors), unless they constitute the majority of students at an institution.

BRANCH INSTITUTION
IPEDS

A campus or site of an educational institution that is not temporary, is located in a community beyond a reasonable commuting distance from its parent institution, and offers full programs of study, not just courses.

BUILDINGS
IPEDS

Capital assets built or acquired for occupancy and use by the entity. These are structures such as classrooms, research facilities, administrative offices, and storage. Includes built-in fixtures and equipment that are essentially part of the permanent structure. Buildings held for the production of revenue are classified as investments.

BUSINESS TYPE ACTIVITIES
IPEDS

Activities for which fees are charged to external parties for goods or services. GASB Statement 34 specifies the reporting format to be used by this type of governmental entity.