Glossary

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101 Applications
Applicant is an Ontario high school student.
105 Applications
All other applicants.

A

Academic Load
Formerly 'Registration Status'; refers to whether a student is classified as full-time or part-time, as reported by the Office of the Registrar. In most cases a student is classified as full-time if they are registered in 24 units in the Fall and Winter sessions. For more information please visit the website of the Office of the Registrar.
Appointment Type
Refers to whether a faculty member is tenured, tenure-track or contractually limited.
AUTM
Association of University Technology Managers. An association with members from more than 300 universities, research institutions and teaching hospitals that brings researchers together.

C

CGPSS
Canadian Graduate And Professional Student Survey.
Choice
In all admissions reports, choice refers to the ranking assigned by the applicant to the program being applied to. For example, an applicant may rank McMaster's Bachelor of Health Sciences as their first choice of program and McMaster's Life Sciences as their second choice of program (or a program at another institution), and so on.
Cohort
A group of students beginning their studies at McMaster University in the same year.
COU
Council of Ontario Universities
CUDO
Common University Data Ontario
CUPA
Council on University Planning and Analysis
CUSC
Canadian University Survey Consortium

F

Faculty
Refers to an academic faculty (e.g. Science, Engineering, Humanities, etc). Whenever possible teaching/research faculty are referred to as 'faculty members'.
Fiscal Full-Time Equivalent (FFTE)
A count of the number of 'full-time equivalent' undergraduate students enrolled. A student taking a full unit load (as determined by their level and program) counts as 1 FFTE. For example, a student taking 15 units in the first year of their program when 30 units is the expected full-time course load counts as 0.5 FFTE.
Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)
A count of the number of 'full-time-equivalent' graduate students. Each full-time graduate student counts as 1 FTE and each part-time graduate student counts as 0.3 FTE.

G

GSFS
Graduate Student Financial Support.

H

Headcount (HC)
A count of the the total number of students enrolled.

I

Immigration Status
Students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents are classified as 'Domestic'. All other students are classified as 'International'.
IRA
Institutional Research and Analysis
IRA Office
The best office.

K

KPI
Key Performance Indicators

L

Level
Academic level within a program. A student who switches faculties returns to Level 1 of their new program. Different from the number of years spent at the university. Undergraduate students listed as Level 9 are students whose level cannot be determined.

M

MTCU
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

N

NSSE
National Survey of Student Engagement.

O

OSAP
Ontario Student Assistance Program.
OUAC
Ontario University Application Centre
OUGS
Ontario University Graduate Survey.

P

Plan Group
The plan groups displayed on this portal group together collections of plans by subject area. For example, Honours Mathematics & Statistics (Applied Mathematics Specialization) and Honours Mathematics & Statistics (Mathematics Specialization) are grouped together under 'Mathematics & Statistics'. The purpose of the plan groupings is to make certain tables easier to read and to aggregate data from similar plans.

R

Rank
Refers to whether a faculty member is a full, associate or assistant professor, or a lecturer.

U

Units
Refer to the number of credits associated with a course. Three-unit courses are usually one term in length. Six-unit courses are usually two terms, or one session.

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