April 14, 2003

A recent Institutional Research (IR) study examined the enrollment of students who attended summer session 2002 and found that 71 percent were “native” De Anza students. In other words, they attended regular academic-year terms as well as the summer session.

“The research placed an emphasis on students who attended in the summer but not the previous spring or following fall,” explained Researcher Andrew LaManque. “The goal was to determine the percentage of students taking courses to transfer back to their four-year institution, or taking courses while in high school or for other enrichment goals.”

De Anza College had a headcount enrollment of 16,322 in summer 2002, which was up from 15,732 reported for summer 2001. Summer headcount enrollment typically is about 70 percent of the fall headcount figure.

Figure 1

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Table 1

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About 29 percent of the students enrolled in the summer 2002 session were neither enrolled in the prior spring or the following fall; these students are labeled as “Summer Only” in Figure 1 and Table 1 (the comparable figure for Foothill College is about 40 percent).

As Figure 1 also indicates, about 37 percent of summer 2002 students were enrolled in the spring and fall quarters 2002. 34 percent were enrolled in either the prior spring or the following fall quarters.

Therefore, nearly three-fourths (71 percent) of the summer session students were “native” De Anza students, or attended regular academic-year terms as well as the summer session.

Further exploration of the data revealed that “Special Admit” high school students made up about 10 percent of the total summer enrollment. For the fall and spring quarters, this figure is typically in the 2-3 percent range.


About Institutional Research

This regular column highlights an institutional research (IR) study conducted by the staff of the Institutional Research and Planning office (IR&P) in each News Bytes issue. The goal is to inform more people about IR research so that more effective decisions can be made throughout the District.

The IR function supports a “culture of evidence” through comprehensive information, data and research. College administrators, faculty and staff use these results for decision-making, planning, evaluation and reporting -- to maintain and continuously improve programs, processes and structures to better serve and educate students.

You can get more information about IR, including complete reports, program reviews and research data, on the IR&P site (at the above link) or by contacting Executive Director of IR&P Bob Barr at barrbob@fhda.edu.

Transfer records from the National Student Clearinghouse indicate that about a third of the “Summer Only” students were enrolled at other institutions. The majority of these students attended CSU or UC institutions in the fall. The top five institutions included (in order) San Jose State, UC Davis, UC San Diego, UC Berkeley and UCLA. The remainder of the “Summer Only” student group includes K-12 students and students taking courses for career enrichment.

“Therefore, summer enrollments include students who are and will continue at De Anza College, as well as students from high schools and those attending four-year institutions during the academic year,” LaManque said.

Last summer, Business and Information Systems courses made up the highest percentage of course enrollments for the “Summer Only” group (see Table 2 below). While this was also true for “Spring-Summer-Fall” students, students continuing through all three terms took proportionally more courses in the Language Arts than “Summer Only” students.

Table 2

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In summary, more than 60 percent of De Anza summer 2002 students continued on to enroll in the fall quarter, 30 percent were here only for the summer, and 10 percent appeared to be completing their requirements from the spring quarter.

Visit the ETS Web site to view the full study, which is in a Word document format, or contact LaManque at lamanqueandrew@fhda.edu for more information.