Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the difference between "Full-Time" and "Part-Time" Student?
Part-time student: A student enrolled for either less than 12 semester or quarter credits, or less than 24 contact hours a week each term. 
Full-time student: A student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits, or 12 or more quarter credits, or 24 or more contact hours a week each term. 

What is Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)?
The full-time equivalent (FTE): is a single value providing a meaningful combination of full-time and part-time students.

Calculation of FTE students
FTE (12 Credit Hr Base): The Total Semester Credit Hours (SCH) of the institution taken by credit students divided by 12. 
FTE (15 Credit Hr Base): The Total Semester Credit Hours (SCH) of the institution taken by credit students divided by 15.

FTE (12 Credit Hr) is based on the Department of Education's standard model; FTE (15 Credit Hr) is based on a historical model.

What is the difference between "Credit" and "Non Credit" Course?
Credit (CR) course:  A course that, if successfully completed, can be applied toward the number of courses required for achieving a postsecondary degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award, irrespective of the activity's unit of measurement. 
Noncredit (Continuing Education-CE) Course: A course or activity having no credit applicable toward a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal 
award.

How do you define "Success" and "Retention" at MVC?
Success: is defined as completion of the course with a grade of ‘A’, ‘B’, or ‘C’.
Retention: is defined as students who do not receive a grade of ‘W’ and are still enrolled in the course at the end of the semester. Students who withdraw prior to certification are not included in the enrollment numbers.

What is the difference between "Duplicated" and "Unduplicated" headcount?
Unduplicated headcount: is the actual number of individual students enrolled. Students may be enrolled in one or more classes, but they are counted only once. 
Duplicated headcount: is the total class count. Students may be enrolled in more than one class and would therefore be counted in each class. 

What are First-Time in College (FTIC) Students as defined by MVC?
First-Time in College (FTIC) students are first-time credential-seeking students. Credential-seeking students are those with a code of 1-earn an associate's degree, 2-earn a certificate, 3-earn credits for transfer. Job skills or personal enrichment are not included. Dual credit enrollment is not included because it is not considered first-time in college.