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Data Definitions - T

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TEACHER CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
IPEDS/ CDS

A program designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

TEACHERS COLLEGES (CARNEGIE)
IPEDS

An institutional classification developed by the Andrew W. Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Teachers Colleges award most of their bachelor's or graduate degrees in education or education-related fields.

TECHNICAL AND PARAPROFESSIONAL
IPEDS

A primary function or occupational activity category used to classify persons whose assignments require specialized knowledge or skills which may be acquired through experience, apprenticeship, on-the-job-training, or academic work in occupationally specific programs that result in a 2-year degree or other certificate or diploma. Includes persons who perform some of the duties of a professional in a supportive role, which usually requires less formal training and/or experience than normally required for professional status. Includes mathematical technicians; life, physical, and social science technicians; agricultural and food science technicians; chemical technicians; geological and petroleum technicians; nuclear technicians; paralegals and legal assistants; miscellaneous legal support workers; health technologists and technicians; dietetic technicians; pharmacy technicians; licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses; medical records and health information technicians; opticians, dispensing; healthcare support occupations; nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants; physical therapist assistants and aides; massage therapists; dental assistants; medical assistants; and pharmacy aides.

TEMPORARILY RESTRICTED
IPEDS

Net assets of FASB institutions whose use by the institution has been limited by donor specification as to use or the time when use may occur (such as later periods of time or after specified events have occurred).

TENURE
IPEDS

Status of a personnel position with respect to permanence of the position.

TENURE TRACK
IPEDS

Personnel positions that lead to consideration for tenure.

TERM ENDOWMENT FUNDS
IPEDS

Funds for which the donor has stipulated that the principal may be expended after a stated period or on the occurrence of a certain event.

TEST OF ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (TOEFL)
IPEDS

The standardized test designed to determine an applicant's ability to benefit from instruction in English.
 


THEOLOGICAL SEMINARIES AND OTHER SPECIALIZED FAITH-RELATED INSTITUTIONS (CARNEGIE)
IPEDS

An institutional classification developed by the Andrew W. Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Theological seminaries and other specialized faith-related institutions primarily offer religious instruction or train members of the clergy.

TITLE IV INSTITUTION
IPEDS

An institution that has a written agreement with the Secretary of Education that allows the institution to participate in any of the Title IV federal student financial assistance programs (other than the State Student Incentive Grant (SSIG) and the National Early Intervention Scholarship and Partnership (NEISP) programs).

TRANSCRIPT
IPEDS

An official record of student performance showing all schoolwork completed at a given school and the final mark or other evaluation received in each portion of the instruction. Transcripts often include an explanation of the marking scale used by the school.

TRANSFER APPLICANT
CDS

An individual who has fulfilled the institution's requirements to be considered for admission (including payment or waiving of the application fee, if any) and who has previously attended another college or university and earned college-level credit.

TRANSFER OF CREDIT
 IPEDS

The policies and procedures used to determine the extent to which educational experiences or courses undertaken by a student while attending another institution may be counted for credit at the current institution.

TRANSFER-IN STUDENT
 IPEDS/ CDS

A student entering the reporting institution for the first time but known to have previously attended a postsecondary institution at the same level (e.g., undergraduate, graduate). The student may transfer with or without credit.

TRANSFER-OUT RATE
IPEDS

Total number of students who are known to have transferred out of the reporting institution within 150% of normal time to completion divided by the adjusted cohort.

TRANSFER-OUT STUDENT
IPEDS

A student that leaves the reporting institution and enrolls at another institution.

TRANSFERS FROM THE ENDOWMENT FUND TO THE CURRENT FUND
IPEDS

The amount of the capital gains on the endowment fund that is allocated to be spent for current fund activities.

TRANSPORTATION (COSTS)
CDS

Assume two round trips to student's hometown per year for students in institutional housing or daily travel to and from your institution for commuter students.

TRIBAL COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES (CARNEGIE)
IPEDS

An institutional classification developed by the Andrew W. Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Tribal Colleges and Universities, with few exceptions, are tribally controlled and located on reservations. They are all members of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium.

TRIMESTER (CALENDAR SYSTEM)
IPEDS/ CDS

An academic year consisting of 3 terms of about 15 weeks each.

TUITION
IPEDS/ CDS

The amount of money charged to students for instructional services. Tuition may be charged per term, per course, or per credit.

TUITION AND FEES (PUBLISHED CHARGES)
IPEDS

The amount of tuition and required fees covering a full academic year most frequently charged to students. These values represent what a typical student would be charged and may not be the same for all students at an institution. If tuition is charged on a per-credit-hour basis, the average full-time credit hour load for an entire academic year is used to estimate average tuition. Required fees include all fixed sum charges that are required of such a large proportion of all students that the student who does not pay the charges is an exception.

TUITION GUARANTEE
IPEDS

A program where the institution guarantees, to entering first-time students, that tuition will not increase for the years they are enrolled. These guarantees are generally time-bound for four or five years.

TUITION PAYMENT PLAN
IPEDS

A program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

TUITION PLAN (RESTRICTED)
IPEDS

Plans for dependents (including spouses) of faculty members which restrict the beneficiary to attendance at only the institution where the faculty member is employed.

TUTORING
CDS

May range from one-on-one tutoring in specific subjects to tutoring in an area such as math, reading, or writing. Most tutors are college students; at some colleges, they are specially trained and certified.

TWO-YEAR INSTITUTION
IPEDS

A postsecondary institution that offers programs of at least 2 but less than 4 years duration. Includes occupational and vocational schools with programs of at least 1800 hours and academic institutions with programs of less than 4 years. Does not include bachelor's degree-granting institutions where the baccalaureate program can be completed in 3 years.