FTE Explanation

A New Breed of Student FTE:

A new funding formula was adopted by the Nevada State Legislature for the University and Community College System of Nevada, effective Fall 2001. With this new formula comes a new way of defining Student "Full-Time Equivalent," more commonly known as Student FTE. Student FTE numbers become the basis for building budget requests and for accountability reporting.

Student FTE (SFTE) are derived by formulae from Student Credit Hours (SCH).

Student Credit Hours are derived by multiplying the course credit value of a given class by the enrollment in that class. Example: a 3 credit class with 10 students enrolled generates 30 SCH. According to the new formula, SCH are generated at four instructional levels: Lower Division, Upper Division, Master's, and Doctoral.

Defining Student Credit Hours (SCH) by Level

  • Classes below the 300 level generate Lower Division (LD) SCH.
  • Classes at the 300 and 400 levels generate Upper Division (UD) SCH.
  • Classes at the graduate level generate Master's (MA) SCH and Doctoral (DR) SCH - Graduate course credits taken by Doctoral level Students generate DR SCH, and all remaining graduate course credits generate MA SCH.

Calculating Student FTE from SCH

For a semester:For a year (Fall + Spring):
15 Lower Division SCH = 1 Student FTE 30 LD SCH = 1 SFTE
15 Upper Division SCH = 1 Student FTE 30 UD SCH = 1 SFTE
12 Masters SCH = 1 Student FTE 24 MA SCH = 1 SFTE
9 Doctoral SCH = 1 Student FTE 18 DR SCH = 1 SFTE


Dept WXYZ generates the following in one semester:

SCH: 3,000 1,500 600 90
divisor: /15 /15 /12 /9
FTE: 200 + 100 + 50 + 10 = 360 total SFTE

Student FTE calculated under the new formula are not comparable, at the graduate and overall levels, to Student FTE calculated under the old formula.