The Student Credit Hour Ratio (SCHR) and Target SCHR differ from the traditional student
faculty ratio in several ways.
Departments have significant input into the determination of the Target SCHR.
A specific Target SCHR can be derived for each department based on the characteristics
of the Department's courses (e.g. laboratory or clinical vs. lecture.)
The SCHR credits the department with course normally taught off-load such as thesis,
readings, research and independent studies.
The SCHR credits the department courses taught off campus.
Different enrollment expectations can be accommodated for sections of courses with
different delivery methods such as ITV, On-Line or Off Campus.
The Target SCHR and SCHR include release time for individual faculty members in the
The Target SCHR determination accommodates different teaching load expectations for
different categories of faculty (e.g. Tenured, Tenure Track, Regular-Non-Tenure-Track).
The SCHR includes all individuals listed as the instructor of the course, including
part-time faculty, graduate teaching assistants, full time faculty teaching over loads,
and university administrators and staff.
Target SCHR can be adjusted to respond to major changes in the environment.
The Student Credit Hour Ratio (SCHR) and Target SCHR are tools that provide Departments
with flexibility in scheduling courses and faculty.
Lower enrollment classes can be offered occasionally if adjustments in course offerings
and/or faculty schedules, but not over enrollment in other courses, compensate for
the loss of SCH so that the TSCHR is achieved.
The potential impact on the SCHR of changes in course offerings or faculty assignments
can be calculated.
The Student Credit Hour Ratio (SCHR) and Target SCHR are tools that provide the Provost
with a measure of the efficiency of the use of instructional resources.
The SCHR/TSCHR ratio provides a common measure to evaluate the efficiency of use of
resources that accommodates many variables (see section I).
The SCHR/TSCHR ratio provides a common measure to monitor a department's progress
or compare departments with diverse instructional requirements and environments.
The potential impact of changes in course offerings or faculty assignments on a department's,
college's or the university's SCHR can be calculated.
Sources of low a SCHR/TSCHR ratio (e.g. an excess of low enrollment courses that are
not compensated for by high enrollment sections or changes in faculty load, offering
too many sections of a course so that the enrollment of some sections is below the
potential, and faculty assignments) can be isolated.
The impact of special instructional formats or environments such as Off Campus, ITV
and Web-based courses on a department's, college's or the university's SCHR can be