Completions by Location
Every term the college’s Institutional Research Department provides a snapshot of registrations by location and by subject. For this report, I used the data in those snapshots to generate a few graphs that may be of interest. In each case, the registration number is reported as of Day 9, Day 17, Day 24, Day 31, Day 38, and Day 45 of the term. These graphs show the number of students who are completing their classes.
Important: The Y-Axis scales for the graphs on this page vary. Be sure to carefully note the scale and its start point when evaluating the graph.
Figure 1 shows four graphs, the first shows the total registrations for the college and the other three show registrations for each of our three largest locations. While there is an obvious decrease in registrations over the timeframe plotted, it is important to note that the number of students who drop a course at any of the locations is a tiny fraction of the total students enrolled; thus, the scale for these graphs can be misleading. As an example, the largest decrease, by percentage, is for the online campus, that lost 5.0% of its registrations between Day 9 and Day 45 of the term. While any student drop is undesirable, the graphs tend to exagerate that decrease due to the scale of the Y-Axis.
Registrations in Transfer Subjects
Next, the registration for the five largest transfer subjects was plotted.
In Figure 2, the number of students registered for the selected subjects decreased between day 9 and day 45. However, as in the location graphs above, the reader is cautioned to note the scale of the Y-Axis. The largest drop in registrations was recorded by the CIS department, at 3.4%. Again, while any drop in registrations should be avoided, these are not huge numbers.
There is an additional note of interest in the BIO graph. After September 26, the registrations for that department seem to level off while the general trend is to continue to decrease through the entire timeframe. While I cannot be sure what caused that leveling, it would be an interesting trend to look for in next spring’s or fall’s numbers and determine if that is fall is an aberration or if the department is making some sort of successful effort to keep their students enrolled.
Registrations in Workforce Subjects
Figure 3 shows registrations for our four largest workforce programs. These graphs show an interesting, but expected, trend. After Sept 12, the NUR (nursing) and HLT (health technologies) level off with little further change. In fact, the nursing program lost only five students (1.0%) and the health technologies program lost only three students (2.3%) over this entire timeframe. Moreover, those losses tended to happen early in the timeframe while for other programs there was a more steady loss. I suspect that has to do with the nature of these programs. These students are formed into cohorts and move through their respective programs as a group. That would encourage them to register early and then continue with their classes. These are also programs with a very high employment placement rate so students may be encouraged to “stick with it” due to the promise of a future career.
These graphs show that our overall drop rate for the first 45 days of class tends to hover in the 5% range. While it would be nice to stop even that small loss, this seems to indicate that our programs are doing a fairly good job at retaining students.