SDBOR Fall Enrollment Dashboard
Student enrollment traditionally has served as a foundational performance indicator in US higher education. In most cases, an institution’s size – as measured by student enrollment – correlates closely with a variety of other measures, including faculty and staff size, revenues, expenditures, and assets. As a result, student enrollment represents a basic but important indicator of institutional health.
Approximately one week after the beginning of each fall term, South Dakota’s public universities conduct a census of all enrolled students. These figures are used for a variety of enrollment reporting efforts. This dashboard summarizes two core measures of enrollment gathered through this process: headcount enrollment (i.e., the actual number of students enrolled at each university) and full-time equivalent enrollment (a.k.a., “FTE” enrollment, which indicates enrollment intensity at each university).
In this dashboard, data are presented at the university level, meaning that each student is counted once per regental university enrolled. To be sure then, data reported with the label “at the university...” refer to enrollments at the university submitting the extract data record.
Overall, the latest enrollment data from the university system suggest that:
- From Fall 2015 to Fall 2019, system-level headcount enrollments fell 5.3 percent, from 36,439 in Fall 2015 to 34,520 in Fall 2019. Over this timeframe, campus-level headcount enrollments rose at some universities while declining at others.
- Full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment in the university system has trended similarly over the same period, falling from 26,684 in Fall 2015 to 25,304 in Fall 2019.
Source: Regents Information Systems
- All data are sourced from university census date extracts.
- Due to definitional overlap, FTE enrollment categories presented in this dashboard are not mutually exclusive. For example, the same FTE enrollment may be reported separately in the “University Off-Campus” and “Distance” categories.
- FTE categories with a location specifier (i.e., on-campus, off-campus, centers, distance) do not include audit credits.
- This dashboard includes a “funding type” filter. Be aware that individual students may be considered as both a “state-supported” and “self-supported” student, depending on the student’s specific combination of enrolled course sections.
- Programmer's note: the "Academic Classification" grouping above is based on the "academic level" field in Colleague.