42 · ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2008–2009
Question 37. PhD Degrees. Report the number awarded during the 2007-08 fiscal year. Please note that only the number of Ph.D.
degrees are to be counted. Statistics on all other advanced degrees (e.g., D.Ed., D.P.A., M.D., J.D.) should not be reported in this
survey. If you are unable to provide a figure for Ph.D.s only, please add a footnote.
Question 38. PhD Fields. For the purposes of this report, Ph.D. fields are defined as the specific discipline specialties enumerated
in the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) “Completions” Survey. Although
the IPEDS form requests figures for all doctoral degrees, only fields in which PhDs are awarded should be reported on the ARL
questionnaire. Any exceptions should be footnoted.
Question 39. Instructional Faculty. Instructional faculty are defined by the U.S. Dept. of Education as:
members of the instruction/research staff who are employed full-time as defined by the
institution, including faculty with released time for research and faculty on sabbatical leave.
Full-time counts generally exclude faculty who are employed to teach fewer than two semesters, three quarters, two trimesters,
or two four-month sessions; replacements for faculty on sabbatical leave or leave without pay; faculty for preclinical and clinical
medicine; faculty who are donating their services; faculty who are members of military organizations and paid on a different pay
scale from civilian employees; academic officers, whose primary duties are administrative; and graduate students who assist in the
instruction of courses. Please be sure the number reported, and the basis for counting, are consistent with those for 2006-07 (unless
in previous years faculty were counted who should have been excluded according to the above definition). Please footnote any
Questions 40-43. Enrollment. U.S. libraries should use the Fall 2008 enrollment figures reported to the Department of Education
on the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System survey. Please check these figures against the enrollment figures reported
to ARL last year to ensure consistency and accuracy. Note: In the past, the number of part-time students reported was FTE; the
number now reported to IPEDS is a head count of part-time students. Canadian libraries should note that the category “graduate
students” as reported here includes all post-baccalaureate students.
Please consult the data entry Web interface (www.arlstatistics.org) for a copy of last year’s footnotes. These can be found under “Data
Repository” after you login into www.arlstatistics.org. Explanatory footnotes will be included with the published statistics. Reporting
libraries are urged to record in the footnote section any information that would clarify the figures submitted, e.g., the inclusion and
exclusion of branch campus libraries (see the “General Instructions” for definition of branch campus libraries). Please make an effort
to word your footnotes in a manner consistent with notes appearing in the published report, so that the ARL Office can interpret your
NOTE: Any change over 10% in any answer to any of the survey’s questions over the preceding year’s response (2007-08) should be
addressed with a footnote.
Submit the completed questionnaire by
October 15, 2009.
For assistance, please e-mail Martha Kyrillidou (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Les Bland (email@example.com)
Tel. (202) 296-2296.