Fordham Fact Book
This 2019-2020 edition of the online Fordham Fact Book features robust trend data intended especially for operational and strategic planning. Except for the Demographic Profiles specific to the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 terms, every table posted here provides longitudinal data stretching back in time at least five years. In the areas of Admission, Enrollment, Retention and Graduation Rates, Faculty, Financial Aid Awarded, and Finance, a substantial ten-year history is available. The tables pertaining to Degrees Conferred, as well as those displaying the enrollment of international students and enrollment by majors, minors, and graduate disciplines, include only a five-year history but contain detailed breakouts by departments and schools. And because undergraduate retention and graduation rates are key performance indicators of Fordham’s educational effectiveness, a 14-year history is provided for the entire University and for each college (and HEOP), starting with the cohort that entered in Fall 2006. These tables break out retention rates from the second to fifth year, and graduation rates from the fourth to eighth year, enabling fine-grained trend analyses of student outcomes at the aggregate level.
The capacity to generate longitudinal tables in these different content areas, and to efficiently update them, is a recent data infrastructure development – and a milestone in the history of the Fordham Fact Book. To accomplish this goal, the Office of Institutional Research (OIR) invested time and effort to create several domain-specific ‘data marts’ by assembling and aligning the separate University census files extracted each term. (As a result of the construction process, a few numbers reported in previous editions may have changed slightly due to quality-assurance improvements in record-keeping). Future plans include making the data marts available in Power BI, wherein users can take advantage of the rich visualizations and analytical capabilities.
Among the other new features introduced in this edition of the Fordham Fact Book is the standard inclusion of 'non-credit bearing' students in the Demographic Profiles and the Longitudinal Demographic Profiles. (Tables providing a more articulated examination of the non-credit bearing population are planned for future editions.) Also featured in this edition is Fordham Fast Facts, a concise compendium of key metrics related to all facets of the institution. Finally, note that the Fordham Fact Book is accompanied by Data Definitions that provide detailed information on the specifications, source, and scope of data appearing in the tables. Also, there is an Archives section for the Demographic Profiles, to which older data tables have been moved to make room for newer ones. Rest assured that the older Demographic Profiles are still available if you need them.
The Fact Book includes information related to the following seven topic areas: