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Panorama

What is Panorama?
How long has Panorama been published?
Where can I get a copy of Panorama?
Can I get copies of Panorama for previous years?
I need Panorama data prior to 1992. Is there any way I can get this information?
Can you put (insert favorite statistic here) in next year's Panorama?

Reports

Can I get copies of reports created by Institutional Research & Effectiveness?

Research procedures

Are there any procedures to follow for conducting research studies at Palm Beach State College?
Do I need to fill out a form to get data?
Is there any charge to my department for using your services?
I don't work for the college, but can I still make a data request?
How long will it take to fill my request?

Statistics

How many students do we have?
How many FTE do we have?
In 2003-04, the FTE was about 12,000, but then in 2004-05, it jumped to about 16,000? What happened?
How far back are statistics available?

Student Assessment of Courses and Faculty

Do students get a chance to rate their professors(s)?
When are student assessments conducted?
When will the professor get the results of the student assessment?
Will I be identified to my professor?
I am a faculty member. What is the address that takes my students directly to the survey?
Where can I get more information about the Student Assessment of Courses and Faculty?

 

Panorama

What is Panorama?
Panorama is the annual student enrollment report produced by the Institutional Research & Effectiveness each year. For more information about Panorama, please go here.

How long has Panorama been published?
Panorama was produced as an annual publication from 1992 until 2005. In 2006, it became a purely online document.

Where can I get a copy of Panorama?
Hard copies of Panorama are available through the Institutional Research & Effectiveness. If you would like an electronic version in PDF format, please go here. We currently are working on a procedure to archive editions of the online versions from 2006 to the present.

Can I get copies of Panorama for previous years?
Hard copies of prior editions of Panorama going back to 1992 are available through the Institutional Research & Effectiveness. As of now, all versions after 1996 are available in PDF format online, and we hope to create electronic versions of all previous editions in the near future.

If you need a hard copy of the 1992 or 2000 versions of Panorama, please call IRE to inquire about checking it out -- we have only a limited number of copies remaining. All other editions are currently in good supply.

I need Panorama data prior to 1992. Is there any way I can get this information?
Some Panorama data have been collected only for the last few years, while other information has been archived. Please contact IRE for data availability.

Can you put (insert favorite statistic here) in next year's Panorama?
As you can imagine, we get many requests to add data elements to Panorama each year. Obviously, we cannot put everything in there, and considering the report's size, we have to be very selective with what goes in and what doesn't. Each year, we review suggestions for new data elements and formats to incorporate in the next edition. At the same time, we may modify old data elements to keep things up to date. Generally speaking, only data elements dealing directly with student enrollment will be considered.

If you have a suggestion that you would like us to consider, please feel free to contact us.


Reports

Can I get copies of reports created by Institutional Research & Effectiveness?
Hard copies and/or PDF versions of most reports can be furnished upon request. Also, we hope to make more reports available online in PDF format in the near future. Some older reports, on the other hand, may be available by hard copy only. Please contact IRE for more information.


Research procedures

Are there any procedures to follow for conducting research studies at Palm Beach State College?
Yes, Palm Beach State College has a procedure guide for conducting studies at the College. This guide also contains the forms necessary to get your project off the ground. To access the online version of the guide, please go here.

Do I need to fill out a form to get data?
In order to comply with SACS accreditation requirements and to fill your data request efficiently, it would be best if you provide a written description of your request with as much information as possible. An online form is available on our home page.

Is there any charge to my department for using your services?
Typically, no. The only time we would ask your department to pick up part of the tab for our services would be if the cost of materials is prohibitive. For example, if your request requires several thousand pre-printed scannable questionnaires, the cost may be more than our office can handle. (Our budget is very limited!) However, rest assured that IRE does not charge for office time spent on College-related data requests and simple external requests -- that's why we're here!

I don't work for the college, but can I still make a data request?
Of course. Whether you are a student, outside agency, or just an interested citizen, IRE will do as much as possible to get you the data you need. Understand, however, that our first priority is to fill internal data requests, which generally are for the purpose of improving programs and services to our students. So please be patient with us, and allow us as much time as possible.

Also, please understand that some of the information produced by IRE can be of a sensitive nature. If we believe that your request is for highly sensitive information that may violate our students' rights to privacy, such as grade distributions or identification of specific students, we may refer your question to the appropriate administrative office, which will determine if we can fill your request.

If you are with an external media agency (television or radio station, newspaper, magazine, etc.), please submit your request to Palm Beach State College's College Relations and Marketing department (phone: 561-868-3122).

How long will it take to fill my request?
Many factors are involved here. Depending on the complexity of your request, the workload in the office, the difficulty in getting the information and the urgency with which you need it, filling your request can be instantaneous or take up to several weeks. It's always best if you can give us as much lead time as possible in order for us to prioritize tasks. We understand that this is not always possible, and that things often come up at the last minute, but it is always a good practice to file your requests early.


Statistics

How many students do we have?
If your request involves headcount, please be as specific as possible. Headcount figures can be annual or by term; Collegewide or by campus; credit, non-credit or overall -- we keep track of all of these. Also, please remember to specify if you want headcount, hours of enrollment (student semester hours or credit hour equivalency) or FTE (full-time equivalency). Depending on why you need the data, knowing the headcount, by itself, may not answer your questions.

Student enrollment is broken down by the various methods listed above in Panorama. For more up-to-date information, please contact IRE. More online information will be available in the near future.

How many FTE do we have?
It depends on the formula you wish to use to calculate FTE (full-time equivalency). Basically, FTE is just a standardized measure of enrollment that can use any of a number of factors -- credit enrollment, non-credit enrollment, headcount, full-time vs. part-time students, etc.

If you are filling out a survey for an outside agency, you may be given a formula to calculate FTE that may be different from the formula used by the State. If not, the agency, especially if they are located outside of Florida, may want to use FTE as reported to IPEDS. The resulting FTE figure may be much different than what we officially report to the State for funding purposes, but this is okay because outside data users must be able to evaluate institutions on a level playing field.

In Florida, the official formula for computing FTE, as used by the Division of Community Colleges for funding purposes, is (SSH/30) + (CHE/30), where SSH = Student Semester Hours (total credit hours) and CHE = Credit Hour Equivalents (contact hours for non-credit courses / 30).

Another way of calculating this would be (SSH/30) + (non-credit contact hours/900).

The IPEDS formula for credit FTE looks at the opening fall headcount, as determined by the Student Database, which is submitted to the Northwest Regional Data Center (NWRDC) in Tallahassee five times a year. The formula for community colleges is full-time headcount + 1/3 part-time headcount. (The actual formula differs slightly on the calculation of part-time FTE, but the difference is negligible.)

In 2003-04, the FTE was about 12,000, but then in 2004-05, it jumped to about 16,000. What happened?
The state legislature changed the formula for credit FTE calculations for the 2004-05 reporting year, thereby giving more weight to credit and college preparatory classes. The old formula divided SSH by 40, whereas the new formula uses a 30-hour basis as described above.

How far back are statistics available?
Some data elements have been tracked only for a couple of years, while others may be available for 20 or 30 years or more. Contact IRE for more information on data availability.


Student Assessment of Courses and Faculty

Do students get a chance to rate their professors(s)?
Yes, as part of the Student Assessment of Courses and Faculty, students have the opportunity to evaluate all of their credit and college preparatory classes on a variety of criteria each semester.

When are student assessments conducted?
In nearly all credit and college preparatory classes, the evaluation windows open the day after the final day to withdraw and close the day before the last day of the class.

When will the instructor get the results of the student assessment?
Except in extreme cases, the results of the student assessments are not made available to professors until after the deadline to submit grades.

In the very rare instance that a student assessment must be returned before the grading deadline, the results never would be sent directly to the professor, but rather, to the professor's direct supervisor -- either the department chair or the associate dean for the department.

Will I be identified to my professor in the report?
No, you will not be identified in the report as long as you don't identify yourself to your professor by doing such things as signing your name in any of the commentary sections or referring to an issue or conversation that only you and your professor know about, for example.

I am a faculty member. What is the address that takes my students directly to the survey?
With the new online system, students must log on to PantherWeb to complete a student assessment. There is no direct link to the survey.

Where can I get more information about the Student Assessment of Courses of Faculty?
For more information, please go here.

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