For some time, now, the college’s Institutional Research department has distributed a series of PDF files containing enrollment numbers for the current and previous terms. The files slice enrollments in several different ways, by campus, by subject, and others. I “scraped” those PDF files and created an R data frame with some of the data in those files and then decided to “play around” with the data to see what I could discover.


The overall enrollment trend for Cochise College is somewhat discouraging, but there are a few bright spots that could yield improved enrollments in the future. In particular, online transfer classes should be expanded and the growth opportunities for the various workforce programs should be investigated.