Definitions and Descriptions

Definitions and Descriptions

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Academic Year
The period of the year during which students attend Berea College (from August to July).

Adjunct Faculty
Faculty on a temporary appointment.

African-American Students
Students (not F-1 International) who identified themselves as "Black or African American" alone or in combination with another race.

Denoting or relating to a person who does not identify as having a gender.

Includes graduates as well as anyone who received academic credit from Berea College.

Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Counties
A 205,000-square-mile region that follows the spine of the Appalachian Mountains. It includes all of West Virginia and parts of 12 other states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Athlete Status during First Year
Students are considered athletes during their first year if they are certified as eligible and added to an intercollegiate team roster. Intercollegiate teams for males are baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming (the team disbanded after the academic year 2012-13), tennis, and track and field. Intercollegiate teams for females are basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, swimming (the team disbanded after the academic year 2012-13), tennis, track and field, and volleyball. In the Fall Term of 2015, the College became a member of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association), Division III (USA South Conference). Before 2015-16, the College was a member of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics).

Association of Institutional Research (AIR)
A global association of higher education professionals. AIR exists to empower individuals at all levels to use data, analytics, information, and evidence to make decisions that are effective, ethical, equitable and take actions that benefit all students and institutions and improve higher education.

At-Risk and Distressed Appalachian Counties
The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) gives these designations to Appalachian counties. Distressed counties are the most economically depressed counties. They rank in the worst 10% of the nation's counties. At-Risk counties are those at risk of becoming economically distressed. They rank between the worst 10-25% of the nation's counties. The county designation "At-Risk" was added to the Appalachian Regional Commission's designations in Fiscal Year 2006.


Benchmark Institutions
Benchmarking is a means of comparing the College's performance or standards, or both, with those of our peers. Our current list of benchmarks was selected in the 1987 Long Range Plan and has been used as benchmarks for faculty salary and library holdings.

Berea Bridge Program
Berea Bridge is a four-week program for approximately 60 incoming students. Participants engage in two academically rigorous courses introducing them to the academic skills, attitudes, and behaviors that will help them prepare for the Berea College experience. Students are also provided with an introduction to the College's Labor Program and participate in workshops and activities aimed at helping ease their transition to Berea.
Students are notified about the Berea Bridge program by a letter in the information packet they receive from the Office of First-Year Initiatives after committing to the College. Interested students submit their names to a lottery by completing an online survey sent via email. Students are selected randomly but in numbers that mirror the overall demographic of Berea's population in terms of birth sex, race/ethnicity, and territory.
Birth Sex
The binary designation of male/female is asked on the Admissions Application. It requires a response of either male or female for all entering first-year and transfer students.


Calendar Year
The 365 days (or 366 days in leap years) start from January 1.
Carnegie Classification
An institutional classification structure developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of
Teaching and the American Council on Education. This structure has been the leading framework for
recognizing and describing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education for the past four and a half decades.
This framework has been widely used in the study of higher education, both as a way to represent and
control for institutional differences and also in the design of research studies to ensure adequate
representation of sampled institutions, students, or faculty. Berea's basic classification is Baccalaureate
Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus.
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP)
The CIP provides a taxonomic scheme that supports the accurate tracking and reporting of fields of study and
program completion activity.
Cohort Type
A reporting category is used in reports that divide the student body into three groups: African-American.
Students, Other Domestic Students, and F-1 International Students.
College Scorecard
An interactive online tool created by the United States Department of Education for students and families
to compare the cost and value of higher education institutions in the U.S.
Common Data Set (CDS)
The CDS initiative is a collaborative effort among data providers in the higher education community and
publishers, as represented by the College Board, Peterson's, and U.S. News & World Report. The combined
goal of this collaboration is to improve the quality and accuracy of information provided to all involved in a
student's transition into higher education, as well as to reduce the reporting burden on data providers.

Cost of Attendance (Tuition at Other Schools)
Paid by the college (no student pays this cost) from the endowment, gifts, scholarships, and grants brought by the students. The cost of attendance covers expenses related to the faculty and staff, library, support services, etc.; it does not include costs of development and alums program.

  • Average Other Costs - Includes books and supplies, personal expenses, and transportation costs.
  • Registration Costs - Includes room (housing), board (meals), accident fund, campus activities fee, Chimes (school yearbook), health and dental fees, Pinnacle (school newspaper), technology fee, student engagement fee, and student government association fees.
  • Accident Fund – This fund (each student pays this fee) covers expenses for any accidents and injuries for all students at any campus event or program. Services include hospitalization, intensive care, in-patient physician fees and diagnostic services, and surgical expenses. Students must file a report with Public Safety to initiate this process.
  • Campus Activities Fee – This fee is used to improve the overall student experience. The Campus Activities Board (CAB) (a student-led organization) designs and coordinates a comprehensive social, recreational, and cultural programs and related services within the framework of the commitments of Berea College. These programs promote interaction and participation by all members of the campus community through service-learning and outreach.
  • Health and Dental Fees - College Health Service (CHS) is available to all degree-seeking students by virtue of this fee. It is paid by all students irrespective of insurance status or if the student uses CHS or not. College Health Service is located in the White House Clinic.
  • Student Engagement Fee - This fee provides diverse programs and services to enhance students' overall social, cultural, and educational growth by promoting learning and development in various environments. Programs are designed to promote maximum interaction among students and between students, faculty, and staff. Activities vary each semester based on scheduling, availability, and student feedback. This fee is coordinated by the Student Life Administrative Office and has been used to promote events such as Mountain Day, Bell Hooks Center opening, art shows, Alcohol Awareness Week, Black Cultural Center, and Espacio Cultural Latinx programming. This fee also provides primary support for the 50+ registered clubs and organizations on campus.
  • Technology Fee – This fee supports the EDGE (Empowering a Dynamic Generation through Education) program. This is the name given to the College's program, which provides a laptop computer to every student. In addition to the laptops, the EDGE program provides access to the campus network and the Internet from many locations, including classrooms and residence hall rooms, as well as access to software, classroom multimedia technology, technical support, and training. Graduates from Berea College receive ownership of their laptop computers.

Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS)

CELTS coordinates the College's academic service-learning and community service programs, including a

Bonner Scholars Program. The work of CELTS builds upon Berea's long history of engagement with the

community, including the Great Commitments to promote the Christian ethic of service and serving the

Appalachian region.


Degree-Seeking Student
Students enrolled in courses for credit are recognized by the College as seeking a degree.
Developmental Mathematics Requirement
Students must meet this requirement by the beginning of their third regular term or are subject to
suspension for two regular terms. The requirement can be waived on the basis of test scores OR met by
completing MAT 010, MAT 011, and MAT 012. Each of these full-term courses carries one full load term
credit but not earned credit toward graduation.
Disability and Accessibility Services (DAS)
A student who has officially registered with the Disability and Accessibility Services Office. For more details, please visit the office webpage at:
Domestic Student
A United States citizen (including those who are living in foreign countries) or a permanent resident (a noncitizen who has formally established residency in the U.S) or a refugee (a person who has been forced to leave their country to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster).


Emerging Scholars Program (ESP)

The Emerging Scholars Program (ESP) is a TRIO Support Services grant-funded program that enrolls roughly

70 students in each incoming class and works with them for two years. Each ESP student works one-on-one

with an Academic Counselor who provides mentorship, guidance, resources, and supplemental advising to

help students achieve their academic, financial, personal, and career goals. Students are enrolled in a

quarter credit GST 101: Strategies for Academic Success course in their first term.

ESP primarily targets students from Appalachian Distressed Counties and students from inner-city urban

areas but considers any student who is low-income, first-generation, or has a documented disability (2/3 of

ESP students must meet two of those criteria). Qualifying students are contacted via email, and a mailing

about the program throughout the spring, and the ESP staff have a recruitment booth at the Summer

Orientation. Students apply for the program and are selected in June with priority being given to students

who were recruited or have been part of a TRIO program in the past.

  • TRIO Programs - Federal outreach and student services programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. TRIO includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to postbaccalaureate programs. The eight programs are: Educational Opportunity Centers, Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement, Student Support Services, Talent Search, Training Program for Federal TRIO Programs Staff, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math-Science, and Veterans Upward Bound.


A perpetual pool of money made up of donations and other additions, invested in a way that produces

income to support the mission of the College. Endowments grow over time with investments, dividends, and

capital appreciation. Distributions or draws from the endowment are determined by a Board of Trustees

approved spending policy.


Financial Status and Debt
The following definitions are used to determine financial status and debt calculations.

  • Dependent Student – A student who does not meet any of the criteria for an independent student.
  • Direct Subsidized Loans – Need-based loans, which are awarded to students for a variety of reasons: term bills, books, off-campus living expenses, education abroad, etc.
  • Direct Unsubsidized Loans – Non-need-based loans which are primarily used to replace Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for term bill balances and education abroad opportunities
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) – A number used to determine a student's eligibility for federal student aid. This number results from the financial information the student
  • provides on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The EFC is reported on the Student Aid Report (SAR). Financial aid administrators determine an applicant's need for federal student aid from the U.S. Department of Education and other sources of assistance by subtracting the EFC from the student's cost of attendance.
  • Federal Grants (grants/educational assistance funds) - Grants provided by federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Education, including Title IV Pell Grants and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG). It also includes need-based and merit-based educational assistance funds and training vouchers provided by other federal agencies and/or federally-sponsored educational benefits programs, including the Veteran's Administration, Department of Labor, and other federal agencies.
  • Federal Loans – Include subsidized Stafford and unsubsidized, Perkins, and Parents PLUS loans awarded primarily for term bill balances and education abroad opportunities.
  • Independent Student – A student who meets one or more of the following: at least 24 years old, married, a graduate or professional student, a veteran, a member of the armed forces, an orphan, a ward of the court, or someone with legal dependents other than a spouse, an emancipated minor, or someone who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
  • Institutional Grants - Scholarships and fellowships granted and funded by the institution and/or individual departments within the institution (i.e., instruction, research, public service) that may contribute indirectly to the enhancement of these programs. Includes scholarships targeted to
  • certain individuals (e.g., based on state of residence, major field of study, athletic team participation) for which the institution designates the recipient.
  • Institutional Loans – Includes all Berea College student loans. These loans are used for a variety of reasons: term bills, medical/dental/optical expenses, education abroad, etc.
  • Mean – The average of a set of numbers. To calculate the mean, add up all the numbers in the set and then divide by how many numbers there are.
  • Median – The mid-point in a group of numbers. The median can, in fact, be zero if half or more of the "scores" in the distribution are zeros. This often occurs in the case of Expected Family Contribution.
  • Need-Based Loans – Includes Federal Direct Subsidized, Perkins, and all institutional loans awarded to students for a variety of reasons: term bills, medical/dental/optical expenses, education abroad, etc.
  • Non-Need-Based Loans – Includes Federal Direct Unsubsidized, Parent PLUS, and alternative student loans. These loans are used primarily to replace Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for term bill balances and education abroad opportunities.
  • Other Loans – Other loans (not subsidized Stafford or unsubsidized) are used for needy students to help meet basic expenses such as medical/dental/optical expenses and education abroad opportunities.
  • Pell Grant Program – (Higher Education Act of 1965, Title IV, Part A, Subpart I, as amended.) Provides grant assistance to eligible undergraduate postsecondary students with demonstrated financial need to help meet education expenses. State and Local Government Grants - State and local monies awarded to the institution under state and local student aid programs, including the state portion of State Student Incentives Grants (SSIG).

First-Generation Student
Students who indicate on their Admissions Application the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid),
or the Entering Student Survey that neither parent/guardian has received a college degree.

First-Year Student
Students with no prior postsecondary experience (except as noted below) attend any institution for
the first time at the undergraduate level. It includes students enrolled in the fall term who attended college
for the first time in the prior summer term and students who entered with advanced standing (college
credits or recognized postsecondary credentials earned before graduation from high school).

Fiscal Year
A one-year period that institutions use for financial reporting and budgeting. Berea College's fiscal year runs
from July 1 through June 30. For example, Fiscal Year 2021 ended on June 30, 2021.

Full-Time Employees with Faculty Status who Teach Part Time
Generally, administrators with faculty status who teach less than three credits annually.
Full-time employees without Faculty Status who Teach Part-time
Employees who teach an occasional class.

Full-Time Equivalent/Equated (FTE)
Calculated by equating part-time students to full-time status (enrolled in at least a 3-credit course load). FTE
for each part-time student is determined by dividing the total number of course credits taken by 3. Those
FTEs per student are then summed.

Full-Time Faculty
Employees with faculty status who teach three or more course credits annually and who have additional full-time
responsibilities (includes both tenure- and non-tenure-track faculty).

Full-Time Student
A student who has a course load of three or more credits. Berea College is on the course credit system. In
general, 32 credits are required to earn a degree. One Berea course credit equals four semester hours or 6
quarter hours. The amount of credit awarded for each class at Berea is determined by the amount of time
students are required to spend both inside the classroom and outside of the classroom in preparation. For
each 1.0 course credit in the 15-week fall and spring terms, the minimum standard is that an average student
be expected to devote in-class time, preparation, laboratory, studio, fieldwork, and conferences, at least 12
hours per week. A one-credit course meets in class between four and six hours each week. Courses awarding
less than one credit often meet correspondingly less (for example, half-credit courses meet a minimum of
two hours per week, and quarter-credit courses meet a minimum of one hour per week).


Gender Identity
A person's inner sense of being man, woman, both, or neither. Gender identity may or may not be expressed
outwardly and may or may not correspond to one's physical characteristics. Entering students are given the
option to provide Gender Identity on the Admissions Application (this has been available since Fall Term
2016). The current response options are Male, Female, Genderqueer/Non-Binary, Transgender (Male-to female),

Transgender (Female-to-Male), Gender Nonconforming, and Self-Prescribed Gender Identity.

Relating to an identity that may be both man or woman, neither man or woman or completely outside of
these categories, or to a person who is gender nonconforming through expression, behavior, social roles,
and/or identity.

Gender expression that does not adhere to one fixed gender expression; individuals' expression of themselves
as man, woman, or non-binary at different times or under different circumstances.

Gifts to the College
Berea Fund
Annual gifts that complete Berea's no-tuition promise for all students.

Current Restricted
Funds for operations but are limited by donors for specific purposes, programs, or departments.

Endowed Funds
A permanent investment fund on which earnings are available for a specific purpose according to the

Charitable giving is when contributions take the form of tangible goods rather than money.

Planned Giving
A revocable gift that is transferable upon death.

Plant Funds
Funds used for the construction, acquisition, and renovation or maintenance of the College's capital

Loan Funds
Funds are available for additional assistance when needed for educational expenses.

Perpetual Trusts
A permanent charitable arrangement that provides annual gifts in perpetuity.

Graduation Rates

Based on a student's entering fall term. Students who withdraw and return are included in their original
class. If a student graduates mid-year, the additional fall term is counted as another year.

GST 101
– Strategies for Academic Success is a course for first-year students aimed at supporting their
transition to Berea and becoming active participants in the academic community. Students receive hands-on
support in learning college systems and environments, reflect on themselves as learners establish
personal goals for their time at Berea College, and connect with classmates who are also transitioning and
develop skills and strategies to support their college success. The class meets once a week for fifty minutes and is a quarter credit.
When completing the Online Orientation in May, students are provided with the course description for GST
101 and asked if they would be interested in taking the course. Students who respond "yes" are placed in a
section of the course on a space-available basis. Students who are enrolled in Berea Bridge-In or admitted
into the Emerging Scholars Program (ESP) are typically not enrolled in the course, though some exceptions do


Hispanic Student
Domestic students who chose "Hispanic or Latino or Spanish Origin" as their ethnicity (regardless of the race
they indicated). This does NOT include F-1 International students.

Honorary Alumni
Status awarded to non-alumni in recognition of their outstanding service to and demonstrated loyal interest
in Berea College. Approved by the Alumni Executive Council.


Independent Major
A major designed by students who wish to pursue a field of study that cannot be met through an established
Berea College major program.

Internships (Academic)

Internships is an experiential education program designed to allow students to earn academic credit while
gaining practical, professional experience in the workplace.

IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System)
The core federal government postsecondary education data collection system for the National Center for
Education Statistics (NCES).


Labor Experience Evaluation (LEE)
The instrument that allows students to reflect on their overall labor experience during the Spring Term in the
following key areas: learning through work experiences, relationships between work and academics, four
core general educational goals, evaluation of the local work area, and evaluation of the Labor Program.

Labor Program (Student Labor Program)
The Student Labor Program originated in its earliest form at Berea College in 1859 and expanded to become
one of the College's Great Commitments is "To promote learning and serving in community through the students
Labor Program, honoring the dignity and utility of all work, mental and manual, and taking pride in work well
done." The Labor Program provides economic, educational, social, personal, and spiritual benefits to
students and those served by their work.

Labor Supervisor/Practical Instructor
The labor supervisor is institutionally recognized as a practical educator and an essential, valued member of
the educational community.


Male-Initiative Courses
Berea College offers three Male-Initiative courses that focus on supporting the college transition of males
from three distinct populations – African-American males, Latino males, and males from Appalachian At-Risk
or Distressed Counties. These courses weave college readiness and success discussions with conversations
about culture, race, and identity aimed at helping students gain a better understanding of how their unique
heritage contributes to who they are today and provides them with support throughout their first year on

Students from these target groups are enrolled in one of three courses – AFT 186: Models and Mentors for
Success for our African-American students, APS 121: Appalachian Cultures for males from Appalachian AtRisk or

Distressed Counties, and GST 186: Latino Males in Higher Education. Students are enrolled in the
courses automatically based on their self-identified demographics but have the option of dropping the
course once on campus and after a conversation with their academic advisor.


National Student Clearinghouse
An organization whose mission is to serve the education and workforce communities and all learners with
access to trusted data, related services, and insights. The Clearinghouse is the nation's largest provider of
electronic student record exchanges and postsecondary transcript ordering services.

StudentTracker Research Service – A service that provides the ability to research postsecondary
enrollment and degree records. The service matches on name and birthdate. Nearly 3,600 colleges
and universities – enrolling over 97% of all students in public and private U.S. institutions – regularly
provide enrollment and graduation data to the Clearinghouse.

Any gender, or lack of gender, or a mix of genders, that is not strictly man or woman.

Non-Degree Seeking Student
A student who audits or takes courses without working toward a degree. The following are the types of NonDegree Seeking Students at Berea:

Auditing Student - An individual who attends a class informally and not for academic credit. No
transcript record is kept of audited courses.

Berea Community School, Madison Southern High School, or Home-Schooled Student- High school
students who take no more than two courses per term at Berea College based upon the record of
their academic work or the concurrence of the Registrar.

Community (Special) - An individual who wishes to take courses for personal enrichment or for
limited educational gain.

EKU Exchange - Exchange students are enrolled at Berea part-time under an exchange agreement
with Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) in Richmond, KY.

Post-Graduate - A student attending Berea College full-time after earning a baccalaureate degree
who is not seeking an additional degree.

Transient/Exchange - Transient students are students who take courses at Berea College to transfer
back to their home institution. Exchange students are enrolled at Berea full-time under an exchange
agreement with another institution.

Includes funds raised from foundations, corporations, organizations, religious groups, and fund-raising

Non-Traditional Student
A student who is 24 years of age or older and/or married and/or has a child/children/legal dependent.
Domestic students complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), which verifies this status.
F-1 International students are not included in the non-traditional student counts in college reports because
they complete no paperwork that would verify the status other than age.


Other Domestic Student
Students who are not F-1 International or did not identify themselves as "Black or African American" alone or
in combination with another race.

Other Freshman
Includes continuing (students who were enrolled at Berea during the previous term), returning (students
previously enrolled, withdrew, and subsequently accepted for readmission), and transfer students (students
who have been enrolled at another post-secondary institution) who have a classification of "freshman."

Other Races
Students (not F-1 International Students) who identified themselves as "American Indian or Alaska Native."
"Asian," or "Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander," alone or in combination with each other.


Part-Time Faculty
Faculty on a continuing appointment.

Part-Time Student
A student who has a course load of less than three credits.

Partners for Education (PFE)
A program at the College that utilizes a place-based, student-focused approach to improve educational
outcomes in Appalachian Kentucky. The programs address regional needs that fall within the College's Great
Commitments by engaging "Appalachian communities, families, and students in partnership for mutual
learning, growth, and service." PFE implements educational outreach programs funded primarily through
federal grants. The following is a list of the current Partners for Education programs:
o AmeriCorps: Partners for Education
o Full-Service Community Schools
o Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP)
o Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant (IMLS)
o National Endowment for the Arts Artworks
o Promise Neighborhood
o South Eastern Kentucky Promise Zone
o Talent Search
o Upward Bound
o Upward Bound Math and Science


Race/ Ethnicity
According to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), categories are used to
describe groups to which individuals belong, identify with, or belong in the eyes of the community. The
categories do not denote scientific definitions of anthropological origins. The designations are used to
categorize U.S. citizens and noncitizens. Individuals are asked to first designate ethnicity as:
o Hispanic or Latino: A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or
other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.
o Not Hispanic or Latino
Second, individuals are asked to indicate one or more races that apply among the following:
o American Indian or Alaska Native: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of
North and South America (including Central America) who maintain cultural identification
through tribal affiliation or community attachment.
o 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, Korea,
Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
o Black or African American: A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
o Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: A person having origins in any of the original
peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
o White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or
North Africa.

Recalculated High School Grade Point Average (GPA)
The high school GPA that is derived from college preparatory classes only and is computed in the Office of

Recruitment Territory Designations
In-Territory: Students who come from much of the Appalachian region and all of Kentucky
within the blue area in the map below. In-Territory also includes permanent residents (a noncitizen who has

formally established residency in the United States) and refugees who reside in
the territory. Twenty-two counties in Tennessee were added in January 2017. The entering class
of 2018 was the first class to be recruited from the new territory.

Out-of-Territory: Students who come from outside the In-Territory area, including U.S. Citizens
living in foreign countries. Out-of-Territory also includes permanent residents (noncitizens who have formally established residency in the U.S.) and refugees who reside outside the territory.

F-1 International: Students who are not U.S. Citizens, permanent residents, or refugees and are
attending the college under an F-1 visa issued by the U.S. Department of State.

Retention (First-to-Second Year)
The percentage of students retained represents students who re-enrolled in their second year and those who were granted a "leave of absence." Students who do not return from official leaves are not counted
as withdrawn until they fail to re-enroll after their leave ends.


Service-learning at Berea College is an educational experience based upon a collaborative partnership
between the college and the community. Learning through service enables students to apply academic knowledge
and critical-thinking skills to meet genuine community needs. Through reflection and assessment, students
gain a deeper understanding of course content and the importance of civic engagement.

Includes all non-faculty employees (full and part-time) whose positions are both internally and externally
funded. Also includes faculty members (tenured and tenure-track) who are currently holding administrative
positions and professional librarians with faculty status. Temporary employees are not included.

- Positions that are funded by external sources such as federal grants and external

Internally-Funded - Positions that are funded by Berea College resources (e.g., endowment
spendable return, Berea Fund, and other unrestricted sources.)

Student Labor Evaluation (SLE)
The instrument used by labor supervisors to evaluate student work on seven performance expectations
helping students develop job skills: attendance, accountability, teamwork, initiative, respect, learning, and
position-specific requirements.

Student-to-Faculty Ratio
The ratio is calculated by dividing the full-time equivalent (FTE) student enrollment by the FTE faculty.

The capacity of individuals, communities, and societies to coexist in a manner that maintains social justice,
environmental integrity, and economic well-being today and for future generations.


Terminal Degree
The highest academic degree that can be awarded in a particular field. This is almost always a doctoral or
graduate degree earned after a bachelor's degree.

Transfer Student

A student entering the institution for the first time but known to have previously attended a postsecondary
institution at the same level (undergraduate). The student may transfer with or without credit.


Undergraduate Research and Creative Projects Program (URCPP)
The URCPP was developed to provide students in all majors with a high-impact learning opportunity not ordinarily
found in courses or other forms of experiential learning. Typically, two or three students and a faculty
mentor engage in a project for eight to ten weeks during the Summer. The central purpose is to provide
opportunities for students to experience research and creative activity through the structure of an
apprentice-mentor relationship.

Unknown Race or Ethnicity
Domestic students who chose not to identify their race or ethnicity on their admissions application.


Yield Rate
The percentage of admitted students who enroll.

Young Alumni

Alums who would have graduated in the last ten years.

Young Graduates
Graduates who graduated in the last ten years.