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Full Load Equivalent (FLE) Enrolment within the Alberta Post-Secondary Education System


This statistic describes the Full Load Equivalent (FLE) by each institution and academic year within Alberta's Publicly Funded Post-Secondary Education System. FLE is a measure used so that we can make comparable calculations across different institutions, across different programs. The FLE is measured by taking the load of the learner enrolled (instructional hours + practicum hours) and dividing by the full load of that program. This results in a comparable metric to be able to use across the system. The FLE calculation is consistent for every institution and program. The data tables presented are related to enrolments in approved programs at publicly funded post-secondary institutions within Alberta. Separate data files exist focusing on the system level, or for subsets that focus on either International or self-identified Indigenous learners.

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Publicly Funded Post-secondary Enrolments - FLEs

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Advanced Education

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• See the Dictionary tab within the file for definitions and additional context related to the data. • All data in this document has been sourced from Alberta Advanced Education's Learner and Enrolment Reporting System (LERS). • The enrolment data presented relates to ministerially approved programming only. • The Banff Centre does not offer standardized approved programming and therefore enrolments at The Banff Centre are NOT included in these datasets. • All rows with no corresponding data have been suppressed. • Enrolments are reported by Academic Year, which for most institutions is May 1 - April 30 or July 1 - June 30. • The University of Alberta had a significant reporting change related to their thesis level graduate FLE enrolments. This change resulted in artificial FLE decreases to thesis enrolments in 2017-18.   • The values in each file focus on enrolments in provincially-approved programming at publicly-funded post-secondary institutions in Alberta. Separate data files exist focusing on the system level, or for subsets that focus on either International or self-identified Indigenous learners. •All values for Indigenous learners are related to those that self-identify at time of application, and are a subset of the total system. These values are anecdotally lower than actual Indigenous learners. • All values related to international learners are a subset of the total system. International learners are related to foreign learners that are granted permission by the federal government (i.e. through a visitor visa, study permit or other status) to study at a publicly-funded post-secondary institution in Alberta. Given Athabasca University's distance learning delivery, all visas listed as attending Athabasca University are excluded, as they are not necessarily physically attending within the province.


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Operational Data and Information branch, Advanced Education

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