Spring 2004 Enrollment Analysis Miramar College Summary
Headcount and FTES
A total of 8,361 students were enrolled at Miramar College in spring 2004. In comparison with spring 2003 (9,901 as of census), student enrollment decreased by 1,540 students or 16%. Total FTES increased by 5% over the previous year (2,454.60 in spring 2004 vs. 2,330.36 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 69% were continuing students, 5% were first-time freshmen, 11% were first-time transfers, 8% were returning students (left the district for more than one year and returned in spring 2004), and 3% were current high school students. Demographic distributions of other variables were similar to spring 2003, with the exception of a slight decrease in the proportion of white students.
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, 97% of all students were California residents. Non-residents accounted for 3 % of the total student population. Enrollment of non-resident students remained unchanged between these two fall semesters.
Enrollment by Subject Area
Student enrollment change by subject area was also examined. Only subject areas with 100 or more students in spring 2004 were included in this analysis. The top five subject areas with the largest enrollment increases from spring 2003 to spring 2004 were: (1) Philosophy, 19%; (2) Chemistry, 15%; (3) Sociology, 15%; (4) Economics, 8%; and (5) Psychology; 7%. The top five subject areas with the largest enrollment decreases were: (1) Fire Protection Technology,
-45%; (2) Geology, -42%; (3) Aviation Studies, -34%; (4) Diesel Technology, -24%; and (5) Legal Studies, -22%.
Persistence of First-Time Freshmen
Of the first-time freshmen who were enrolled at the college in spring 2003 as of census (N=520), 34% persisted to spring 2004. This rate is slightly higher than the rate for spring 2003 (32% 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 slightly higher persistence rate (36%) than males (32%). Asian freshmen persisted at a higher rate (50%) than other ethnic groups. Students who intended to obtain a BA without completing an AA (60%) and students who intended to improve basic skills (59%) persisted at higher rates than other groups.
Of the first-time freshmen who were enrolled at the college in fall 2003 as of census (N=887), 64% persisted to spring 2004. This rate is slightly higher than the persistence rate for fall 2002 to spring 2003 (60 %) . The one-semester persistence rate was also broken down by gender, ethnicity, and educational objective. Results showed that female freshmen had a higher persistence rate (69%) than males (59%). Filipino freshmen (78%) and Pacific Islander freshmen (75%) persisted at a higher rate than other ethnic groups. Students who intended to obtain a BA without completing an AA (80%) and students who intended to obtain a vocational certificate without transferring (70%) persisted at higher rates than other groups.
In summary, analysis of census enrollment at Miramar College indicated a 16% enrollment decrease and a 5% FTES increase in spring 2004 as compared to spring 2003. Results showed slightly higher spring-to-spring and fall-to-spring persistence rates 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 Asian freshmen persisted at a higher rate than other groups.