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AALANA
Individuals who self-identify in one or more of the following: Hispanic/Latino of any race, Black/African American, or American Indian/Alaska Native.

ALANA
Individuals who self-identify as Hispanic/Latino of any race, Black/African American, or American Indian/Alaska Native, or Asian, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. 

Academic Career
Level of academic work that represents the highest grouping of student academic progress in a single academic record (e.g. undergraduate, graduate, continuing education). 

Admit Type
Classification of a student at the time of admission based on their prior educational level.  (Freshmen, Transfer, Graduate, Readmit).

American Indian or Alaska Native 
A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) who maintains cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community attachment.

Analysis
A systematic examination and evaluation of data or information, by breaking it into component parts to uncover interrelationships.

Asian
A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian Subcontinent, including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Black or African American
A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.

Cohort
A specific group of students established for tracking purposes.

Co-op Without Courses
Students, both undergraduate and graduate, who are registered for co-op and not registered for any credit hours.

Credit Hours Consumed
The number of credit hours taken by students in an academic unit.

Credit Hours Generated
The number of credit hours taught by faculty in a course section (determined by the number of students in a course section multiplied by the number of credit hours assigned to the course).

Data 
Information in raw or unorganized form that refer to, or represent, conditions, ideas or objects.  

Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing (DHH)
Terminology indicating a hearing loss that qualifies for admission with NTID, or self-disclosure by faculty/staff.

Degree
An award conferred as official recognition for the successful completion of a program of studies.

Exempt Staff
Employees who are exempt from FLSA and therefore are not eligible for overtime payments.

Faculty
Persons whose prime RIT responsibility is teaching credit courses which apply to an RIT credential, or certain special courses under the auspices of one of the colleges, as well as those who hold one of the faculty ranks but are not currently teaching.

FERPA 
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Please see the RIT Legal Affairs website for further information. 

First Time Freshmen
Students who attend RIT and have not previously enrolled at another college or university. Included are students who have advanced standing credits from high school from Advanced Placement or college course work taken prior to high school graduation.

First Time Full Time Freshmen
Students who enter and attend RIT for the first time at the undergraduate level on a full-time basis.

Full Time (FT) Students
Students, both undergraduate and graduate, registered for at least 12 credit hours. Students on co-op and who are also registered for at least 12 credit hours are included in this category.

Graduate Student
A student who holds a bachelor's or first-professional degree, or equivalent, and is taking courses at the post-baccalaureate level.

Graduation Rate
The percentage of students in a given cohort who receive a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award within 150% of normal time for degree completion.

Hispanic/Latino
A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.

International Students
For the purposes of institutional reporting, defined as any student not recorded as a US citizen, permanent resident with a visa status.  

Matriculated Students
Students who have been formally accepted as degree candidates and are registered for courses.

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

NTID-Supported
Students receiving the reduced tuition rate benefit by either being deaf or hard of hearing (DHH), or whose primary academic plan is affiliated with the College of NTID.  The population would include DHH associate, bachelors and graduate students, as well as hearing and DHH students in Secondary Education for the Deaf (MSSE) and Interpreting (ASL-English Interpretation, Healthcare Interpreting).

Non-Matriculated
Students who have not been formally admitted for candidacy for a certificate, diploma or degree of the Institute and are taking courses on a space-available basis.

Nonresident Alien
A person who is not a citizen or national of the United States and who is in this country on a visa or temporary basis and does not have the right to remain indefinitely.

Part Time (PT)
Students, both undergraduate and graduate, who are registered for between 1 and 11 credit hours. Students on co-op and also registered for between 1 and 11 credit hours are included in this category.

Persistence Rate 
The percentage of students in a given cohort who are enrolled for courses or registered for co-op in a specific term.

Plan (Academic)
Area of study within an academic program, typically equivalent to a major with a specific degree or objective attached.

Program (Academic)
The university academic unit to which a student applies, is admitted and from which the student graduates. 

Pure Tone Average
Pure tone average decibel loss at the 500 dB, 1000 dB and 2000 DB range are calculated for right and left ears and then averaged for hearing loss in both ears.  

Registered without Hours
Students registered only for classes that do not carry credit hours (E.g., physical education, some lab courses, co-op).

Retention Rate (RIT)
The percentage of persisting students plus the percentage of graduating students in a given cohort.

Record
Any document, communication or similar item generated or received by RIT, by RIT personnel, or on RIT’s behalf. 

Term (Academic)
Numeric code representing periods of time within an academic year.  For example, in PeopleSoft for the academic year 2016-2017, Fall 2016 semester is 2161, Spring semester is 2165 and Summer is 2168. 

Transfer Student
Students entering RIT for the first time who are known to have previously attended another postsecondary institution at the same level (e.g., undergraduate, graduate).

Undergraduate Student
A student enrolled in a 4- or 5-year bachelor's degree program, an associate's degree program, or a vocational or technical program below the baccalaureate.

White
A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

Year (Academic)
Period of time generally extending from September to June; usually equated to 2 semesters or trimesters, 3 quarters, or the period covered by a 4-1-4 calendar system.

Year Level
A matriculated undergraduate student's year level is determined by the number of credit hours the student has earned, including transfer credit.