Course Sections and Average Enrollments
This report provides five year longitudinal trends of the number of class sections offered and the average class size (enrollment). This information is formatted to facilitate easy comparison of like-semesters (e.g., fall-to-fall), recognizing that student demand for specific classes may differ between fall, spring, and summer terms.
The information found here may be of particular value in supporting departmental planning and decision making as they relate to FTEF allocation and new faulty position requests, however it may also be of more general use in supporting ARC’s Program Review and Education Master Planning processes. To provide even greater utility, the information has been disaggregated by campus location, area, and discipline.
- An increase in the number of class sections offered accompanied by consistent or increasing average class sizes is considered healthy and sustainable growth. Conversely, an increase in the number of sections offered accompanied by declining average enrollment may result in decreased productivity which is considered neither healthy nor sustainable.
- There may be some value in comparing a given discipline’s trends with that of a companion disciplines (e.g. math and physics).