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enumerated in the US 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 38. Instructional Faculty. Instructional faculty are defined by the US Department 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 2006–2007 (unless in previous years faculty were counted who should have been excluded
according to the above definition). Please footnote any discrepancies.
Questions 39–42. Enrollment. US libraries should use the Fall 2007 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 footnotes correctly.
Submit the completed questionnaire
by January 30, 2009.
For assistance, please e-mail Martha Kyrillidou (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Les Bland (email@example.com)
Tel. (202) 296-2296.