Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t know the exact definition of a certain term in the apps. How can I make sure I am selecting the right information?

Our Data Dictionary has all the most important definitions you might need when navigating the IR website. You can use CRTL + F (on Windows) or COMMAND + F (on Mac) to look up the exact term you need.

If you still cannot find it, contact us at ir@kent.edu

What is the difference between 202101, 202105, and 202108?

01, 05, and 08 are the codes for each semester. Year80 means fall, Year10 means spring and Year60, summer. The number is relative to the month classes for that term start (August is the 8th month and so on).

Unless you are specifically looking for data about spring or summer, looking at fall is the standard term used for reporting.

What is the difference between Preponderant and Concurrent enrollment?

Preponderant enrollments count students only at one primary campus location or degree. Concurrent enrollments count students at each campus they attend, as well as first and second degrees. Therefore, if a student is taking classes both at the Kent and Stark campuses on a determinate semester, they will be counted twice.

I followed all the directions when selecting the information. Why am I not getting results?

There could be a few reasons for that.

  • If you would like to see data about a specific major, are you also selecting the college and department? Try again by just selecting the major, not the less specific information. Changes in college, department or major names over the years can sometimes affect the results.
  • If you would like to see data about a specific major, make sure you are not selecting the sub major (concentration). For example, Musical Theatre is major and Musical Theatre Dance is a sub major.
  • If you are looking for information about an online course, make sure you know the code for the type of distance learning class. Check out the question about Distance Learning Course codes.
  • Are you looking for information about summer? We only record it at the end of term, so make sure you are not selecting 15th day.

I would like to look at data for online and distance learning courses, but I am not sure what is the right code

Here’s a helpful chart:

Course Delivery Types
CDDVD CD or DVD ROM
ILINC ILinc
R1 100% Remote-No Set Meeting Times
R2 100% Remote-Set Meeting Times
R3 Part Remote/Part in-Person
V1 100% Online-No Set Meet Times
V2 100% Online-Set Meeting Times
V3 Partially Online
VCONF Video Conference
VTAPE Video Tape
VTEL Video Teleconference
Web Web Based

 

Note that some of the codes might not be in use currently, but our apps have historical data, which is why they still show up as options.

Why can I only find information about the end of term for summer courses?

Data for summer includes Summer I, II, and III, as well as intersession, all of which are shorter sessions. Therefore, 15th day is not an option.

How often do students change majors?

Major movement numbers from the 2016 to 2019 freshman cohorts indicates most students never switch majors from freshman year through graduation and the ones that do usually stay within the same college. We looked at data from beginning and end of their first fall semester through sophomore year, which is when most of the changes in major happens. The analysis included retained students enrolled in all majors but Exploratory, who are expected to change majors at least once, at Kent Campus. These are important findings because changing majors affects time to degree.

Findings show that 62% of retained students do not change their major at all during their first year. Moreover, 30% only change once and, of those, 16% stay within their initial college. In total, 93% of new freshmen stay in their initial major or change their major only once. Therefore, of 15,110 students (all freshmen except Exploratory majors), only nine changed their major four times and two changed their major five times. College changes are similar: three students changed colleges three times and one changed five times.

Excluding Exploratory, the majors students change from most often are Biological Sciences, Pre-Fashion Design & Merchandising, Pre-Nursing, General Business, Nursing and Computer Science. Conversely, students change to: Psychology, Nursing, Fashion Merchandising, Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies and Marketing.

Explore our Major Movement Report to gain more insight into changes within other cohorts and/or specific colleges.