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Changes in Course-Section Enrollments: Fall 88, Fall 93 and Fall 98

Overview

Undergraduate course-section enrollments for fall semesters in 1988, 1993, and 1998 were analyzed to determine if shifts in enrollment patterns by day and time have occurred over the past 10 years. The data were reviewed to determine whether there has been:

  • a decrease in Monday morning enrollments
  • a decrease in Friday enrollments (either AM or PM)
  • a decrease in MWF enrollments and an increase in TTH enrollments
  • an increase in enrollments in courses offered once per week

Course-section enrollments were analyzed overall, by college, and by course level (lower and upper division). Numbers displayed are percents of enrollments in each category (e.g., percent of all fall enrollments in Monday AM classes).

Note: Data are student*course combinations. For example, a student taking three courses, with one lab, would be counted four times in the total.

Summary

  1. Generally, the proportion of enrollments on Monday morning and Friday morning are down; Friday afternoon enrollments are down somewhat.
  2. The biggest changes have occurred in lower division courses and in Business courses
  3. There has been an increase in Once per Week course-section enrollments, particularly in Business (in part because of the introduction of a one-credit required Business course)

Displays

Percent of enrollments for all course sections (Display A)

  • Monday and Friday morning enrollments are down
  • MWF and TTH enrollments are down; once per week enrollments are up.
  • AM enrollments are down, PM enrollments are up

Percent enrollments for all courses by upper/lower division (Display B)

  • Biggest changes in enrollments have occurred for lower division courses, including a fairly large decrease in MWF enrollments

Percent enrollments for A&S and Business, by course level (Display C)

  • A&S Monday and Friday morning course-section enrollments have decreased for both course levels; A&S MWF and TTH lower division enrollments have decreased.
  • A&S once per week course-section enrollments are up for both course levels
  • Business shows dramatic decreases in Monday AM and Friday course-section enrollments (except upper division Friday afternoon); there has also been a large decrease in lower division MWF enrollments.
  • Business once per week enrollments are up substantially at the lower level, but down substantially for upper division courses (Note: some of this change reflects the one credit required course introduced by business.)

Percent and total number of enrollments for Engineering and Other Colleges, by course level (Display D)

  • Course enrollment patterns have not changed dramatically for engineering courses
  • Monday AM course-section enrollments are down for other colleges, as are Friday PM upper division enrollments
  • TTH and PM enrollments are up for other colleges

DISPLAY A

University of Colorado at Boulder Fall Course-section ENROLLMENTS
All Courses
Percent of enrollments in each category

ENROLLMENTS Year

88 93 98




Total Number 110,670 122,453 122,050




Monday AM 25% 22% 22% -
Friday AM 23% 20% 20% -
Friday PM 18% 17% 17%




MWF 35% 30% 29% -
TTH 31% 28% 28% -
MTWRF 2% 2% 2%
MW 6% 7% 8%
1/week 22% 25% 27% +





AM 49% 45% 44% -
PM 48% 47% 51% +
TBA * 3% 7% 5%

DISPLAY B

University of Colorado at Boulder Fall Course-section ENROLLMENTS
All Courses
Percent of enrollments in each category
By upper and lower division

ENROLLMENTS COURSE LEVEL

Lower Year Upper Year

88 93 98
88 93 98








Total Number 69,267 76,237 80,072
41,403 46,216 41,978








Monday AM 26% 23% 22% - 24% 21% 22%
Friday AM 24% 22% 19% - 22% 19% 20%
Friday PM 21% 18% 18% - 13% 15% 15%








#MWF 37% 30% 27% - 32% 29% 31%
TTH 27% 21% 22% - 38% 39% 40% +?
MTWRF 3% 3% 2%
0% 0% 0%
MW 6% 7% 9%
6% 7% 7%
1/week 24% 28% 31% + 18% 19% 19%








AM 51% 46% 44% - 46% 44% 44%
PM 48% 44% 50%
50% 53% 53%
TBA * 2% 10% 7%
4% 3% 2%

*TBA=To be arranged
# Meeting days are not exhaustive (i.e., there are other scheduled days that are not shown here)

DISPLAY C

University of Colorado at Boulder Fall Course-section ENROLLMENTS
ARTS & SCIENCES
Percent of enrollments in each category
By upper and lower division

ENROLLMENTS COURSE LEVEL

Lower Year Upper Year

88 93 98
88 93 98








Total Number 60,691 64,558 64,075
22,145 28,165 26,234








Monday AM 27% 25% 24% - 26% 22% 23% -
Friday AM 25% 23% 22% - 26% 22% 23% -
Friday PM 21% 18% 19%
17% 18% 16%








#MWF 38% 31% 31% - 40% 37% 35%
TTH 28% 20% 21% - 40% 38% 39%
MTWRF 3% 3% 3%
0% 0% 0%
MW 6% 7% 8%
2% 5% 5%
1/week 23% 27% 28% + 14% 17% 18% +









AM 52% 47% 47%
51% 47% 45% -
PM 48% 42% 45%
46% 51% 53% +
TBA * 0% 10% 8%
3% 3% 2%

BUSINESS **
Percent of enrollments in each category
By upper and lower division

ENROLLMENTS COURSE LEVEL

Lower Year Upper Year

88 93 98
88 93 98








Total Number 1,422 3,067 6,357
6,883 6,759 4,635
Monday AM 29% 5% 6% -- 19% 21% 22%
Friday AM 29 13% 6% -- 19% 13% 19%
Friday PM 29% 7% 7% -- 8% 5% 12% +









#MWF 58% 3% 2% -- 24% 15% 29% -+
TTH 8% 43% 24% +- 43% 50% 52% +
MTWRF 0% 0% 0%
0% 0% 0%
MW 0% 0% 15% + 12% 13% 16% -
1/week 0% 42% 56% ++ 20% 22% 3% --









AM 29% 40% 24% +- 36% 40% 53% +
PM 37% 48% 73% + 63% 60% 47% -
TBA * 34% 12% 3% - 0% 0% 0%

# Meeting days are not exhaustive (i.e., there are other scheduled days that are not shown here)
* TBA=To be arranged
** Note: some of the changes are the result of Business’ instituting a required one credit course meeting once per week.

DISPLAY D

University of Colorado at Boulder Fall Course-section ENROLLMENTS
ENGINEERING
Percent of enrollments in each category
By upper and lower division

ENROLLMENTS COURSE LEVEL

Lower Year Upper Year

88 93 98
88 93 98








Total Number 3,552 4,197 4,918
5,450 6,160 5,868








Monday AM 11% 23% 13% +- 25% 19% 21%
Friday AM 6% 18% 7% +- 22% 19% 19%
Friday PM 16% 14% 17%
14% 16% 14%








#MWF 18% 26% 14%
29% 26% 28%
TTH 36% 15% 29%
31% 33% 32%
MTWRF 0% 0% 0%
0% 0% 0%
MW 6% 4% 8%
7% 5% 6%
1/week 38% 47% 43%
28% 26% 30%








AM 47% 42% 32% - 51% 46% 48%
PM 52% 57% 68% + 47% 48% 50%
TBA * 0% 2% 0%
2% 6% 2%

OTHER COLLEGES
Percent of enrollments in each category
By upper and lower division

ENROLLMENTS COURSE LEVEL

Lower Year Upper Year

88 93 98
88 93 98








Total Number 3,602 4,415 4,722
6,925 5,132 5,241








Monday AM 23% 17% 16% - 19% 14% 13% -
Friday AM 16% 11% 11%
11% 7% 8% -
Friday PM 14% 19% 18% + 8% 7% 8%








#MWF 28% 25% 27%
17% 11% 14%
TTH 21% 31% 32% + 30% 42% 42% +
MTWRF 0% 0% 0%
0% 0% 0%
MW 7% 11% 10% + 12% 15% 9% +-
1/week 26% 24% 23% - 23% 24% 26% +









AM 35% 32% 34%
35% 33% 28% -
PM 49% 58% 61% + 49% 59% 66% +
TBA * 16% 9% 5% - 16% 7% 6% -

# Meeting days are not exhaustive (i.e., there are other scheduled days that are not shown here)
* TBA=To be arranged

Last revision 09/10/04


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