Sierra Vista Campus
Adult Education/1400 Building
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2014-15 Annual Full-Time Student Equivalent (FTSE): 6,338
2014-15 Annual Unduplicated Headcount: 11,997
Fall 2015 Headcount (for credit): 4,437
Full-Time Instructors: 88
Part-Time Instructors: 233
Full-Time Non-Instructional Staff: 263
Part-Time Non-Instructional Staff: 85
Certificates Awarded: 691
Associate Degrees Awarded: 1,444
Average age: 28
Non-Resident Alien: 1%
Black or African American: 5%
Asian/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 2%
Other (American Indian/Alaskan Native, multiracial and unreported): 5.9%
Cochise County Resident: 74%
Out-of-County Resident: 14%
Out-of-State Resident: 5%
General Fund: $32,239,891
Restricted Fund: $13,801,403
Auxiliary Fund: $922,570
Unexpended Plant Fund: $2,796,034
Retirement of Indebtedness: $1,985,894
Six-year graduation rates for groups of degree-seeking students who began in fall 2005 compared to a peer group of students from 20 Hispanic-serving community colleges. Compared to our peers, Cochise College cohorts consistently graduate at slightly higher rates. These data are from the annual CSRDE report that compares our retention and graduation rates to more than 200 colleges in the consortium.
In accordance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, the college provides Graduation and Transfer-out reports (PDF) of our full-time, first-time, degree or certificate seeking students and student athletes that received athletic financial aid. Graduation and transfer-out rates are calculated each year based on first-time full-time, degree-seeking cohorts who begin in the fall. Since 75 percent of our students are part-time and others who may be full-time do not enter in the fall, these rates do not capture all of the successes of our student body.
Student enrollment is a duplicated headcount. It may also be referred to as a seat count because it refers to the number of occupied seats. Student enrollment counts the number of students enrolled in the number of courses and not the actual number of individual students. Students are usually enrolled in more than one course in a term and would therefore be counted in each course (i.e., counted twice or more) for the term.
Student headcount refers to the number of individual students enrolled or a count of individual heads. So, if a single student takes three classes, he or she is counted as one headcount. This is often referred to as an unduplicated headcount because each student is counted only once. Student headcount is often unduplicated by term or location. In these cases, the subcategories cannot be added together to obtain an overall unduplicated count since students may attend at multiple locations and over several terms.
Full-Time Student Equivalent (FTSE)
FTSE (which you may hear affectionately referred to as “footsie”) is a standardized measure of student enrollment used within a department or college-wide. FTSE is calculated by counting the total number of student credit hours in a semester and dividing by 15, which is considered to be a full-time load by state and federal agencies.
Keep in mind that FTSE represents neither student headcount nor student enrollment, but it is a conceptual measure of student enrollment. For example, a FTSE of 10 could equate to 10 full-time students, but it also could refer to 20 half-time students, or five full-time students plus 10 half-time students.
FTSE counts are reported to the state three times per year: Fall 45th day, Spring 45th day, and end of year. The end of year FTSE counts also include summer terms, 2nd 8-week Fall and Spring terms and other parts of term that do not cross the 45th day count dates. Also included is FTSE from Adult Basic Education calculated as number instructional clock hours divided by 640.
For more information about the college, view our Institutional Effectiveness page.
Cochise College provides accessible educational opportunities that are responsive to a diverse population and lead to constructive citizenship, meaningful careers and lifelong learning.