Data show changes for undergraduates

James Bean, provost
James Bean, provost

New data show how undergraduate student credit hours and other undergraduate measurements have changed over the last five years, Provost James Bean said, in a recent message to the campus community.

Three graphs posted to the Provost’s website show how undergraduate student credit hours, degrees and majors have changed over five years, from academic year 2008-09 to 2012-13 (numbers for 2012-13 are projections based on fall term enrollments).

“The Oregon Budget Model determines the college-level budgets of the schools and colleges of the University of Oregon,” Bean said. “We’ve been running this budget model several years now, and it is appropriate to consider how the various aggregate measurements attached to the model have changed.”

The UO allocates undergraduate tuition revenue to each school and college in a lump sum. Allocation within a school or college is the responsibility of the dean, in consultation with the faculty.

The deans are in the best position to know how to allocate funds within their units according to the university and college mission, Bean said.

Undergraduate tuition revenue is allocated to schools and colleges based on three activity measurements: student credit hours (SCH), prorated majors and prorated degrees awarded. Prorating assigns a total of one major (or degree) to any one student.

“Because the model allocates revenue based on prorated majors rather than a full count of majors, it is important that we track both over time,” Bean said.

The charts show:

  • The number of regular undergraduate student credit hours for each school and college
  • The number of prorated undergraduate degrees awarded by each school and college
  • The number of undergraduate majors, total and prorated.

Data regarding graduate students will be presented soon, Bean said.