The new “space” functional area contains just 2 terms – building and room number. The building term definition includes a link to the approved list of building names and unique building numbers. The list is available as an HTML page and a csv file format. Data custodians who need an approved list of building names can download the file.
Earlier I described 47 terms in the International domain. Here is a review of the set of 198 student terms. Student terms were the first set loaded into Data Cookbook in September 2013. Staff in the Registrar’s office and Institutional Reporting crafted the definitions over a 4 month period, meeting every three weeks for about 2 hours. Registrars from all schools vetted the terms. The University Registrar, in coordination with all registrars, serves as Steward.
The student domain term set is twice the size of the next largest term set. In contrast to International domain terms, it was easy to come to agreement on definitions. For example, credit hour is pretty straight forward. Differences reflect different school policies (how many credit hours constitute part time) rather than fundamental differences in meaning. The international domain had many more misconceptions to address.
This student term set covers curricular aspects – enrollment, degrees, academic programs, etc. Recruitment, admissions, financial aid, student life, and housing are not included yet, sadly!
Given that teaching is a core activity at the University and thus students are a central topic for reporting, it is convenient to have this term set available when cataloging report specifications or other data objects.
How many international students attend the University? Answer – it depends. How is “international” defined? Do you mean students born outside of the U.S.? Non-U.S. citizens? Are permanent residents included?
Staff in the International Services Office recently approved 47 terms in Data Cookbook that describe the international domain at the University. Terms in the set include international scholar, visa classification, immigration status, visa, country of birth and more.
Use these terms to bring clarity to the question of how many international students attend the University.