## FTE Basics
Counting Full Time Equivalencies is NOT a single activity, but rather a .
How to do it.
FTE ProcessThe basic FTE formula itself is very simple: Total
Enrolled Hours Notice that the formula calls for There are minor differences between Pupil Full Time Equivalencies and Participant Full Time Equivalencies. Let's start with Participants (adults 20 and older). A full-time Participant is one who is enrolled for 450 hours of instruction per enrollment period. An enrollment period is considered to be 10 to 20 weeks in length and encompasses one of the four "Official" count dates. More about counting Participants. Let's take the example of Joe Bloe who is an ABE student in your program. He is signed up for an ABE class that meets Monday and Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 9:30 pm and your fall semester runs for 18 teaching weeks. First we see that the class is scheduled for two meetings per week, of 3 and 1/2 hours per meeting for 18 weeks. Here is the math: ( 2 x 3.5 ) x 18 = 126 scheduled hours. Now let' plug this into the formula: 126 Joe has been calculated to be worth 0.28 of an FTE. If Joe took another class just like this one, say on Tuesday and Thursday evening, how much could he be worth? Now he would be enrolled for 252 hours, which divided by 450 hours equals 0.56 FTE or just a little over a half. Adults, or Participants if you prefer, are really easy to calculate. Hours enrolled divided by 450 per enrollment period. Theoretically it would be possible and legal for an adult to generate up to four FTEs in one year. The maximum FTE per enrollment period is 1.00, but you could run four enrollment periods in one year. Now, whether they can actually be counted is entirely up to their attendance pattern. We will get to that in a little bit. Pupils, youngsters, kids, under 20 or whatever you want to call them,
we'll call them pupils, are another story. Still basically simple but with
two added caveats. Pupils are calculated on essentially the same formula,
but their denominator is for the whole academic year, not just an
enrollment period. Here's what we mean. Let's take little Suzie Dimplface.
She is an alternative student enrolled in your program for five classes.
Each class meets once a day for one and a quarter hours per meeting for
five days a week for the 18 week semester. School is closed on Thanksgiving
and the day after and you are Let's see, 5 classes times 1.25 hours is 6.25 hours per day times 5 days
per week is 31.25 hours per week times 18 weeks is 562.5 hours per semester
divided by 1098 Full Time Hours equals 0.51 FTE and there are two semesters
in one academic year, so times two for the whole year equals 1.02. We can't
go over one FTE so we But wait a minute! Didn't we say you were not going to make up those two days? That would change the total hours, so let's look at the math in a little different manner. This time we will first figure out how many days the class will meet. Five days a week times 18 weeks is 90 meetings minus the two days not made up is 88 total meeting days times 1.25 hours per meeting is 110 hours times five classes is 550 total hours for the semester. 550 Since pupils are calculated on the whole academic year, we can assume/pretend that our little pupil will enroll for the same number of hours in the Winter semester so we can do one of three things, depending on whatever you depend on. We can simply double the 0.50 FTE to become 1.00, or we can double the enrolled hours to become 1,100 which divided by 1098 equals 1.0018214 which rounded to two decimals equals 1.00 FTE, or we can divide the Full Time Hours by two (half year remember) to become 549. Then our formula becomes 550 So what it comes down to is our simple formula Enrolled Hours We said there were Check here for helpful hints regarding your Local
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