Data Definitions – High School Feedback Reports

Data in the “New Student Information” and “College Performance Measures” sections are compiled using the cohort of students enrolled at a USHE institution during the Fall 2015 semester. Information in these sections includes coursework completed by this cohort during the summer, fall, or spring semesters of the 2015-16 academic year.

Enrollments: This includes 2015 high school graduates enrolled at a college or university. The data is compiled using the National Student Clearinghouse.

High School Graduates and Scholarship: This section shows the total number of graduates from a specified high school or district. The Regents’  Scholarship is a statewide scholarship programs administered by the Utah System of Higher Education,  encouraging Utah high school students to prepare for college academically and financially by taking a defined set of courses and saving for college.

New Student Information
Enrolled: High school graduates who attended a USHE institution in Fall 2015.

Average Fall GPA: The average GPA of all enrolled students for Fall 2015 semester.

% Pell Eligible: The percentage of enrolled students identified as eligible to receive funds via the Federal Pell Grant program, which provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students. Grant amounts are dependent on the student’s expected family contribution. This is one method to try to identify underserved students. In combination with other information on the students you serve, this provides a snapshot on how underserved students from high school transition to higher education.

% Returned Spring Semester: The percentage of students enrolled Fall 2015 with continuous enrollment through Spring 2016. This is an important measure of a student’s retention beyond the first semester, when college students are more likely to leave higher education.

% with 30 credits 1st year: The percentage of students who earned at least 30 credits (sophomore standing) during the summer, fall, and spring semesters. This measures a student’s course load during their first year of college. Studies demonstrate that a student’s likelihood of graduating greatly diminishes when enrolled in less than 15 credits in the fall and spring semesters. In order for a student to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in four years (or an associate degree in two years), that student must take at least 15 credits/semester or 30 credits/year. USHE has emphasized full-time enrollment, especially to incoming first-years students, as part of its ongoing Completion Initiative to improve college degree completion rates among USHE students.

College Performance Measures (USHE Students Only)

Students Taking Math/Students Taking English: This section details which math and English classes the students took on USHE campuses during their first year of college.

Previous credit: Students who earned college-level math or English credit prior to high school graduation through Advanced Placement (AP) or Concurrent Enrollment (CE)

College level: Students enrolled in a college level math course or Intro to Writing course

Remedial: Students who do not demonstrate college-level math and English competency prior to course enrollment and who take developmental courses at USHE institutions to help prepare them for college-level work

No enrollment: Students with no previous credit or who do not enroll in remedial or college level course work