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Institutional Research

Fact Book 2016-2017

Acknowledgements: The Office of Institutional Research would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the personnel who supplied data and information for the Fact Book. The goals of Institutional Research are to ensure that reports and analyses are accurate, timely and useful to Minot State University students, administrators, faculty and staff. To guarantee the mission is carried forward, the institutional research office works carefully to ensure that files dealing with student course and personnel data are as accurate and consistent as possible. Discrepancies should be reported to the Office of Institutional Research.

*Reports will be updated as information becomes available


Documents are PDF files unless otherwise noted

Data Sources
Data utilized to compile information for the Minot State University 2015 Fact Book include the following sources:

  • Advancement, Minot State University
  • Alumni Office, Minot State University
  • Business Office, Minot State University
  • Center for Extended Learning, Minot State University
  • Computer Center, Minot State University
  • Gordon B. Olson Library, Minot State University
  • Grants and Contracts Office, Minot State University
  • Information Technology Center, Minot State University
  • MSU Fact Books from prior years
  • MSU Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Statistics Reports – Registrar’s Office
  • MSU Fourth Week Reports, September 2013
  • North Dakota University System Office, Bismarck, ND
  • Office of Institutional Research, Minot State University
  • President’s Office, Minot State University
  • Registrar’s Office, Minot State University
  • Student Affairs, Minot State University
  • Undergraduate Catalog, Minot State University
  • United States Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

The following definitions are taken directly from the U.S. Department of Education’s NCES/IPEDS Web site. For more definitions, use the IPEDS Web site.

Degree: An award conferred by a college, university or other postsecondary education institution as official recognition for the successful completion of a program of studies.

First-year: A student who has completed less than the equivalent of one full year of undergraduate work; that is, less than 30 semester hours (in a 120-hour degree program) or less than 900 contact hours.

Freshman: A first-year undergraduate student.

Full-time Equivalent: A measurement equal to one student enrolled full-time for one academic year. Total FTE enrollment includes full-time plus the calculated equivalent of the part-time enrollment. The full-time equivalent of the part-time students can be estimated using different factors depending on the type and control of institution and level of student.

Full-time Student: Undergraduate — 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. Graduate — a student enrolled for nine or more semester credits, or nine or more quarter credits, or a student involved in thesis or dissertation preparation that is considered full-time by the institution.

Graduate: A student who holds a bachelor's or first-professional degree or equivalent, and is taking courses at the post-baccalaureate level. These students may or may not be enrolled in graduate programs.

Graduation Rate: The rate required for disclosure and/or reporting purposes under Student Right-to-Know policy. This rate is calculated as the total number of completers within 150 percent of normal time divided by the revised cohort minus any allowable exclusion.

Retention Rate: A measure of the rate at which students persist in their educational program at an institution, expressed as a percentage. For four-year institutions, this is the percentage of first-time bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree-seeking undergraduates from the previous fall who are again enrolled in the current fall. For all other institutions, this is the percentage of first-time degree/certificate-seeking students from the previous fall who either re-enrolled or successfully completed their program by the current fall.

Undergraduate: A student enrolled in a four- or five-year bachelor's degree program, an associate's degree program or a vocational or technical program below the baccalaureate.