Fall 2003 Enrollment Analysis ECC Summary

Headcount and FTES

A total of 820 students were enrolled at ECC in fall 2003. In comparison with fall 2002 (1,064 as of census), student enrollment decreased by 244 students or 23%.   Total FTES also decreased by 16% over the previous year (213.32 in fall 2003 vs. 252.62 in fall 2002).



Analysis of the total student population in fall 2003 showed that 67% were continuing students, 7% were first-time freshmen, 7% were first-time transfers, 15% were returning students (left the district for more than one year and returned in fall 2003), and 4% were current high school students. In comparison with fall 2002, the proportion of first-time freshmen decreased by about 2% in fall 2003; however, the proportion of continuing students increased by 10%. Demographic distributions of other variables were also examined. Results showed most demographics did not change with the exception of a slight increase in the proportion of African American and white students from fall 2002 to fall 2003.


New Student Enrollment by Service Area

New student enrollment by service area was analyzed and results showed that enrollment of first-time freshmen decreased from City College service area as well as non-district service areas. Enrollment of first-time transfers also decreased from the City College service area.



In terms of residency status, 98% of all students were California residents. Non-residents accounted for 2% of the total student population.


Enrollment by Subject Area

Student enrollment change by subject area was also examined. Only subject areas with 50 or more students in fall 2003 were included in this analysis. The top three subject areas with the largest enrollment increases were: (1) Physical Science, 114%; (2) Black Studies, 26%; and (3) Health Education, 1%. The top three subject areas with the largest enrollment decreases were: (1) Psychology, -49%; (2) Spanish, -38%; and (3) English, -31%.


Persistence of First-Time Freshmen

Of the first-time freshmen who were enrolled at ECC in fall 2002 as of census (N=91), 33% persisted to fall 2003. This rate is higher than the rate for fall 2002 (15% persisted from fall 2001 to fall 2002).



In summary, analysis of census enrollment at ECC indicated a 13% enrollment decrease and a 16% FTES decrease in fall 2003 as compared to fall 2002; however, the enrollment of first-time freshman decreased by 2%.   The fall-to-fall persistence rates of the first-time freshmen were compared with data from the previous year. Results showed a higher one-year persistence rate than the comparable figure of fall 2002.