Selected Examples of National Benchmarks by Carnegie Classification
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Percent
SCH and OCS by Faculty Category within Course Level
Table 1 presents the proportional distribution of student
credit hours and organized class sections according to the type of
faculty teaching them. The distributions are given independently by
course level: undergraduate lower division, undergraduate upper division,
total undergraduate and total graduate. Norms by faculty type are
presented in the following tables:
 Table 1A: Tenured/TenureTrack Faculty (example)
 Table 1B: Other Regular Faculty (example)
 Table 1C: Supplemental faculty
 Table 1D: Teaching assistants who taught credit bearing courses
 Table 1E: Teaching assistants who taught noncredit bearing courses


Percent
SCH and OCS by Course Level within Faculty Category
Table 2 presents the proportional distribution of student
credit hours and organized class sections taught according to course
level for the following faculty types:
 Table 2A: Tenured/TenureTrack Faculty (example)
 Table 2B: Other Regular Faculty


SCH,
OCS, and FTE Students per FTE Faculty
Table 3 summarizes the fall term faculty workload using the
average student credit hours, average organized class sections, and
average FTE students taught per FTE instructional faculty as indicators.
An FTE student is equivalent to 15 undergraduate student credit hours
or 9 graduate student credit hours. These norms are given in the following
tables by faculty type as well as for the all faculty combined:
 Table 3A: Tenured/TenureTrack Faculty (example)
 Table 3B: Other regular faculty
 Table 3C: Supplemental faculty
 Table 3D: Teaching assistants who taught credit bearing courses
 Table 3E: Teaching assistants who taught noncredit bearing courses
 Table 3F: All Faculty Combined (example)
 Table 3G: Quartile Values for All Faculty (example)
presents the values at the 25th, 50th, and 75th percentile for
total student credit hours, total organized class sections including
laboratory sections,and FTE students taught per FTE instructional
faculty for the total faculty. (Note: This table is not available
in the institutional ratios tabulation.)
Important note for Tables 13: Disciplines that offer only a
bachelors degree most often offer a few graduate level courses as
well. In these disciplines, when the number of student credit hours
taught is 10 or fewer or when the total graduate student credit
hours taught is one percent or less than one percent of the total,
the graduate student credit hours and their corresponding organized
class sections were added to the corresponding upper division undergraduate
counts. Treating the graduate level data as 'not applicable' provides
more accurate norms.


Instructional Cost Ratios

Table 4 summarizes direct instructional costs per student
credit hour and per FTE student taught using the total student credit
hours generated during the academic year and the fiscal year expenditure
data. As of the 2008 Delaware Cost Study, quarter calendar institutions' cost/SCH
ratio contains an adjustment (dividing their AY SCH by 1.5 so as to make their
AY SCH comparable to semester calendar institutions.) This new adjustment
complements the adjustment to FTE students that has always taken place: an
FTE student taught for semester academic calendar institutions
is equivalent to 30 undergraduate student credit hours or 18 graduate
student credit hours; that for quarter academic calendar institutions
is 45 undergraduate or 27 graduate student credit hours. Personnel
cost as percent of the total direct instructional cost is also presented.
 Table 4A: Average Cost Ratios, Research and Public Service
Expenditure (example)
 Table 4B: Quartile Values for Cost Ratios
presents the 25th, 50th, and 75th percentile for direct instructional
cost per student credit hour and per FTE student taught and personnel
cost as percent of total direct instructional cost. (Note: This
table is not available in the institutional ratios tabulation.)
NOTE: Instructional cost ratios and personnel cost ratios
as percent of total are given only for those disciplines in which data
are reported by 5 or more institutions. Since some institutions participated
only in the faculty workload section of the survey (Part A), faculty
workload indicators for a discipline shown in Tables 13 may not have
corresponding cost ratios in Table 4.
