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14-Day Count

A census day determined by the TBR to tally official enrollment.


Refers to courses that have been used to remove a high-school deficiency.

Academic Inventory

Listing of RSCC's official degree and program offerings.

Academic Year

Consecutive Summer, Fall, Spring semesters.


See Accreditation web page

Adjunct Faculty

Non-tenure track faculty serving in an auxiliary capacity to teach specific courses on a course-by-course basis.

Allied Health

A term for health-related job preparatory programs, generally other than nursing, in community colleges.

Articulation Agreement

A document that outlines the curriculum agreed to by RSCC and a four-year college or university to satisfy the degree requirements at Roane State and at the receiving four-year institution.


See Academic Year

CIP Code

(Classification of Instructional Programs) – A numerical classification and standard terminology for secondary and postsecondary instructional programs. CIP codes are used by universities nationally to report various instructional program data to the U. S. Department of Education and other government and higher education organizations.


A specific group of individuals, usually students, who share a common event. For example, students who enrolled in college for the first time in Fall 1999 would be a cohort.

Credit Hour

The number of contact hours for a course.

Degree Credit Enrollment

Enrollment statistics calculated using courses taken for official credit.

Degree-Seeking Student

Students enrolled in courses for credit who are recognized by the institution as seeking a degree or other formal award.

Learning Support

Courses designed to improve students' basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. Students whose assessment results require enrollment in a Learning Support course may not enroll in a regular college level course which requires that competency as a pre-requisite until they have met the applicable exit criteria.

Duplicated Headcount

Duplicated headcount figures are given where it may not be possible to properly distribute students into categories (such as sites they attend classes) because they might fall into several categories. In this event, if each category's headcount were added together, their sum would be larger than overall headcount due to this duplication.

Enrolled Student

A student registered for classes in a particular term.


See: Full-Time Faculty, Adjunct Faculty


The Federal Interagency Committee on Education (FICE) code number unique to each institution and used for statistical purposes for precise identification of institutions of higher education. RSCC's FICE code is: 009914.

First-Time Freshmen

Students who are enrolling in college for the first time.

Fiscal Year

In the state of Tennessee, a twelve-month period running from July 1st through the following June 30th.


A student who has earned fewer than 26 cumulative credit hours at any institution.


(Full-Time Equivalency); used to describe various cohorts of students based upon the number of Student Credit Hours generated by those students. 1 FTE is equal to 15 Student Credit Hours. Our funding is based upon FTE and not student headcount.

Full-Time Faculty

Regular, full-time personnel whose regular assignments include instruction, research, and/or public service as a principal activity.

Full-Time Student

A student enrolled in at least 12 credit hours in a semester, either undergraduate or R/D.


A student who has fulfilled all appropriate coursework in his/her major and who has fulfilled any obligations to the college.


A method of counting enrollment by tallying the physical number of students in a cohort. (See Duplicated Headcount and Unduplicated Headcount.)


(Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System) – supervised by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). IPEDS is designed to help NCES meet its mandate to report statistics on the condition of post-secondary education. The IPEDS system is built upon a series of interrelated surveys to collect data in such areas as enrollment, program completions, faculty and staff, and financing.


A student's field of study.

Non-Degree Credit Enrollment

Enrollment statistics calculated using courses not taken for official credit, such as an audit.

Non-Degree Seeking Student

Students enrolled in courses for credit who are not recognized by the institution as seeking a degree or other formal award.

Part-Time Student

A student enrolled in less than 12 credit hours in a semester, either undergraduate or R/D.

Performance Funding

An incentive-based funding initiative for public higher education, coordinated by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, which financially rewards exemplary institutional performance on selected measures of effectiveness. Institutions can earn up to 5.45% of their state operating appropriations.


(Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) One of six regional accrediting organizations in the U.S. recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. SACSCOC accredits more than 12,000 public and private educational institutions, from pre-kindergarten through university level in 11 states of the Southeastern U.S., and in Latin America.

Session Code

A one-digit code used to identify the beginning and ending date of the session in which a course meets.

Site Code

Or, location code. A two-digit code referring to the specific physical location a course is being taught.


A student who has earned 26 or more cumulative credit hours at any institution.

Special Student

Or, special student for credit/audit. The non-degree seeking designation that applies to students taking college level courses who either want to take a few courses for personal gain/growth, or to students who have not met all admissions criteria and will eventually change to a degree-seeking status. A special for credit or audit student may not enroll in a college level English or Math course until certain conditions are met.

Student Credit Hours

(SCH) The credit hour value of a course multiplied by the number of students registered for that course. If 20 students register for a 3 credit hour course, that class will produce 60 (3 C.H. x 20 students) student credit hours (SCH's).


(Tennessee Board of Regents) The governing body of the state universities, community colleges, technical institutes, and technology centers; the largest system of public higher education in Tennessee, and the sixth largest in the United States. The TBR system is governed by an 18- member Board that sets policies and guidelines that govern all institutions in the system.


Status pursuant to which faculty appointments are continued until retirement or physical or mental disability, subject to dismissal for adequate cause or unavoidable termination for financial exigency or curricular reasons. This status is only awarded to faculty members who have successfully and consistently met rigorous standards for research, teaching, and public service.


(Tennessee Higher Education Commission) THEC was created in 1967 by the Tennessee General Assembly to achieve coordination and foster unity in higher education in the state. The Commission coordinates two systems of higher education; the University of Tennessee institutions and the state universities, community colleges, technical institutes, and technology centers. One of its statutory requirements is to create a master plan for the development of public higher education in Tennessee.

Transfer Student

Students with college credit earned elsewhere prior to enrolling as a new student in another college.

Transient Student

(1) A student attending more than one institution in the same term. (2) A student who takes courses in the summer semester at an institution other than his/her own.


Refers to the freshmen through senior year courses in college, except for Learning Support or A-89 classes.

Unduplicated Headcount

Unduplicated headcount figures are given for overall student characteristics . This is a measure of the physical number of students who attend RSCC. Each student regardless of the number of hours they are enrolled in is assigned a headcount of one.

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