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Academic divisions below the college level (See "College").Departments exist in all colleges with the exception of the College of Health Sciences, where the major divisions are titled "Schools" rather than "Departments."


Academic divisions at Old Dominion University.Colleges include: Arts and Letters, Business and Public Administration, Darden College of Education, Engineering and Technology, Health Sciences, and Sciences.

Course Level

Level of student at which a course is optimally aimed.Courses are divided into foundation, lower, and upper division for undergraduate instruction, and first and advanced for graduate instruction.The course number assigned to the course indicates course level.

Course Registrations

A measure of enrollment that summarizes the total number of students registered in each class across all classes at the University.A student's enrollment is represented in the registration count for each course the student is taking."Course Registrations" are sometimes referred to as "Enrollments."

Degrees Conferred

The total number of degrees awarded during a fiscal year.The University Factbook reports the number of degrees awarded during the August, December, and May graduation as a single year.


See "Headcount", "Student Credit Hours Generated", "Full-Time Equivalent Students", "Course Registrations

Fiscal Year

Fiscal year represents a 12-month period for which an institution/organization plans the use of its funds.Old Dominion University's fiscal year begins July 1 and ends June 30.

Full-Time Equivalent Students (FTES)

A means of expressing student enrollment in full-time units.In practice, students take a variety of credit hour loads-some full-time, some part-time.Calculation of an FTE figure normalizes these loads and produces a student count which reflects the number of students who would be enrolled if all were taking exactly the same full-time credit load (15 hours for undergraduates, 12 hours for graduates).A student-level FTE calculation puts total credit hours in units of full-time students by dividing total credit hours by the normal full-load as determined by the undergraduate or graduate status of students counted.For example, if 150,000 hours of instruction are taught, undergraduate FTE would be 10,000 (150,000 / 15 = 10,000), regardless of the number of headcount students enrolled. A course-level FTE calculation is similar and would divide the credit hours by the level of the course instead of the student's level.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status

Status assigned to a student based on their credit hour load taken.Undergraduate students taking 12 or more hours in a semester are considered full-time.Graduate students taking nine (9) or more hours in a semester are considered full-time.


Unduplicated count of students enrolled for one or more credits in an institution of higher learning. Most typically this measure is reported for the fall semester only, which the semester with the highest level of enrollment.On occasion, an unduplicated headcount is calculated on an annual basis, summarizing enrollment of individual students across three semesters.


Place of residence of student.In-Region includes Virginia's Planning Districts 20 and 21.Planning District 20 consists of Isle of Wight County, Southampton County, Chesapeake, Franklin,

Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach.Planning District 21 consists of James City County, York County, Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and Williamsburg.All other locations are designated as Out-of-Region.

IPEDS (Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System) Report

Any of several reports required annually by the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of Management and Budget. These reports include counts of full- and part-time faculty and staff, faculty salaries, institutional characteristics, headcount enrollment, degrees conferred, graduation rates, financial statistics, financial aid, and library resources.

On-/Off-Campus Headcount

According to the SCHEV definition, the unduplicated number of students enrolled for at least one on-campus course. Off-campus campus headcount includes only those people taking exclusively off-campus courses.

On-campus and Off-campus Instruction

Designation indicating location of instruction.On-campus instruction occurs at the main campus in Norfolk. Off-campus instruction occurs away from the main campus or received via distance education technology.

Reports on Institutional Effectiveness (ROIE)

The SCHEV Reports on Institutional Effectiveness (ROIE) are an accountability reporting system established in the year 2000.This system of reporting utilizes both SCHEV and institutional data to describe the institutions and are intended to provide meaningful information on the academic quality and operational efficiency of Virginia's public institutions of higher education.The ROIE includes institutional mission, profile measures, system-wide measures, and institution-specific measures. For more information, click here.


The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) is the Commonwealth's coordinating board for higher education institutions. Its mission, which is outlined in the Code of Virginia, is "to promote the development of an educationally and economically sound, vigorous, progressive, and coordinated system of higher education" in Virginia.

SCHEV Report

Any of several reports required annually by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). These reports include data on admissions, headcount enrollment, course enrollment, enrollment projections, degrees awarded, financial aid, facilities, and tuition rates.

Second Major

The University permits an undergraduate student to pursue a second major. A student pursuing two majors must meet all the degree requirements of one major and at least the departmental requirements of the other. (Most professional degree majors require completion of both the departmental/school and the college requirements.) Requirements for both majors must be completed prior to receiving the baccalaureate degree. The student will receive one baccalaureate degree. Both majors will appear on the transcript. The degree awarded will be determined by the major to which University and college requirements are applied. Prior to undertaking the second major, the student must have the program approved by the appropriate chief departmental advisor/chair and dean.

Completion of a second major will meet the upper-division General Education Requirements.

Students pursuing two majors in the College of Business and Public Administration may not use the second business major to satisfy the upper-division General Education requirement unless one of the majors is economics.

Second Baccalaureate Degree

The University will permit a student to acquire a second baccalaureate degree, provided that he or she: (1) pursues a different course of study; (2) meets all University, college, school, and departmental requirements (credits earned for the first degree may be applied, if suitable, toward the second degree); and (3) completes a minimum of 30 semester hours at Old Dominion University that are beyond the requirements for the first degree. A minimum of 150 credit hours is required for students earning two baccalaureate degrees from Old Dominion University. If the degrees are to be awarded simultaneously, an application for graduation and degree certification must be submitted through the respective advisors for each degree program.

Prior to undertaking the second degree, the student must have his or her accumulated credits evaluated and the second degree program approved in writing by the appropriate chief departmental advisor/chair and dean. The student is responsible for initiating and coordinating any action relating to the programs, whether pursuing the two degrees concurrently or successively. The University, as a general rule, will not permit a student to pursue more than two baccalaureate degrees.

Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree at another regionally accredited institution but who wish to acquire a second baccalaureate degree from Old Dominion University will be considered to have fulfilled University General Education Requirements for the second degree.

Students earning two degrees from Old Dominion University have also met general education requirements. All second degree students must meet the college/departmental requirements for both degrees even if some of these requirements are also general education courses.

Students who received their first degree from Old Dominion University should be aware that grades in all undergraduate courses (for both the first and the second degree) will be included in the cumulative grade point average.

Student Credit Hours Generated

A measure of enrollment and instructional productivity that summarizes all course hours taken by students across the University.The number of students in each course is multiplied by the credit hours earned in the course then summed across the University.

Student Level

Designation indicating progress of an undergraduate or graduate student through a program of study.Undergraduate students are considered freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, or lower level (freshmen and sophomores) and upper level (juniors and seniors).Graduate students are designated first graduate (masters) or advanced (doctoral) graduate level.Students who are not in degree programs or who cannot be classified by level are designated as "unclassified" undergraduate or graduate students.


TELETECHNET is Old Dominion University's distance education initiative which encompasses instruction delivered both synchronously and asynchronously via satellite, internet, virtual classrooms, and other media.

Terminal Degree

The terminal degree is the highest obtainable degree within an area of academic study.

Unclassified Student

A student enrolled as a non-degree student in either an undergraduate or a graduate level.These students are not eligible to elect a program and must reapply for admission to degree-seeking status to begin pursuing a degree.Some programs limit the number of hours a student can take as a non-degree student before they apply for degree-seeking status.