Spring 2004 Enrollment Analysis ECC Summary
Headcount and FTES
A total of 879 students were enrolled at ECC in spring 2004. In comparison with spring 2003 (791 as of census), student enrollment increased by 88 students or 11%. Total projected FTES increased by 27% over the previous year (205.58 in spring 2004 vs. 149.91 in spring 2003). Please note that the Spring 2004 FTES used in this analysis is projected.
Analysis of the total student population in spring 2004 showed that 65% were continuing students, 5% were first-time freshmen, 6% were first-time transfers, 13% were returning students (left the district for more than one year and returned in spring 2004), and 6% were current high school students. In comparison with spring 2003, the proportion of continuing students increased by 4% in spring 2004. 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 Asians and slight decrease in white students from spring 2003 to spring 2004.
New Student Enrollment by Service Area
New student enrollment by service area was analyzed and results showed that there was an enrollment decrease from all college service areas.
In terms of residency status, 99% of all students were California residents. Non-residents accounted for 1% 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 spring 2004 were included in this analysis. The top three subject areas with the largest enrollment increases from spring 2003 to spring 2004 were: (1) Physical Science, 64%; (2) Speech, 60%; and (3) Spanish, 37%. The top three subject areas with the largest enrollment decreases were: (1) Chicano Studies, -56%; (2) Health Education, -35%; and (3) English, -22%.
Persistence of First-Time Freshmen
Of the first-time freshmen who were enrolled at ECC in spring 2003 as of census (N=46), 26% persisted to spring 2004. This rate is slightly lower than the rate for spring 2003 (30% persisted from spring 2002 to spring 2003). The one-year persistence rate was also broken down by gender, ethnicity, and educational objective. Results showed that female freshmen had a higher persistence rate (33%) than males (13%). White freshmen persisted at a higher rate (33%) than other ethnic groups. Students who intended to obtain a vocational certificate without transferring, discover career interests, and advance in their current job persisted at the highest rate (100%) when compared to the other groups.
Of the first-time freshmen who were enrolled at ECC in fall 2003 as of census (N=53), 53% persisted to spring 2004. This rate is higher than the rate for fall 2002 (45% persisted from fall 2002 to spring 2003). The one-semester persistence rate was also broken down by gender, ethnicity, and educational objective. Results showed that male freshmen had a slightly higher persistence rate (55%) than females (52%). Latino freshmen (63%) and African-American freshmen (57%) persisted at higher rates than other ethnic groups. Students who intended to obtain a BA without completing an AA, discover career interests, and advance in their current job persisted at the highest rate (100%) versus other groups.
In summary, analysis of census enrollment at ECC indicated an 11% enrollment increase and a 27% FTES increase in spring 2004 as compared to spring 2003. Results showed a slightly lower spring-to-spring persistence rate, and a slightly higher fall-to-spring persistence rate, than those of spring 2003. The spring-to-spring persistence rates of the first-time freshmen were compared with data from the previous year. Results showed there were some changes from the previous year. Female freshmen had a higher persistence rate than males, and white freshmen persisted at a higher rate than other groups.