University of California 2010 Accountability Report

Indicator 61
Student-Faculty Ratios, 2002-03 to 2008-09

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Student-faculty ratio is a metric that can serve as a proxy for either a University's investment in instruction or the average availability of faculty members for a student.

Student-faculty ratios can be computed in different ways. The ratios reported here are computed by dividing full-year general campus FTE* student enrollment by estimated general campus faculty FTE. Faculty counts include ladder-rank faculty as well as lecturers and instructors; health sciences enrollments and faculty are excluded.

The relative stability of the student-faculty ratios presented here masks underlying changes in the overall composition of the faculty, in particular, a reduction in the proportion of ladder-rank faculty to all faculty (see Indicator 43).

The National Center for Education Statistics is developing a national standard for computing student-faculty ratios. When those data are available, UC will be able to provide data comparing student-faculty ratios across institutions.

Source: UCOP Budget and Capital Resources.

Figures presented here are actual (rather than budgeted) ratios.

* FTE refers to "full-time equivalent." FTE is a standard unit of measurement for standardizing counts of employees and students who may work or study different proportions of time. For example, a full-time employee, or full-time student, constitutes 1.0 FTE; a half-time employee, or half-time student, constitutes .5 FTE. Two employees each working half-time, or two half-time students, together constitute 1.0 FTE.

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