Cochise College believes students and their families have the right to know about consumer information on the college’s policies, programs and outcomes related to student consumer information.
Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)
Cochise College shall not permit the disclosure of information from educational records or personally identifiable information contained therein other than directory information of students without the written consent of the student to any individual, agency, or organization other than in specific situations as outlined by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, its amendments and the final rule of the U.S. Department of Education. Students may withhold disclosure of any directory information by submitting written notification to the Admissions Office prior to the first day of classes each semester. Failure on the part of any student to specifically request the withholding of directory information indicates individual approval for disclosure. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by Cochise College in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); or a person or company with whom Cochise College has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, collection agent, or official of the National Student Clearinghouse).
Cochise College designates the following items as directory information: student name, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received and most recent previous school attended. The college may disclose any of those items without prior written consent unless notified in writing to the contrary by the student in advance of any request.
Student Right to Know
Student Right to Know (SRTK) refers to a set of public disclosure documents that are designed to inform students and other stakeholders about aspects of the college including graduation and transfer rates, financial aid policies and information, costs of attendance, programs of study, policies, and contact information.
The Higher Education Opportunity Act requires colleges participating in federal student aid programs to make this information easily accessible for consumers at a single location. Please access the following links to read more about subjects that may be of interest.
- Educational Programs
- Course Schedule
- Instructional Facilities
- Faculty Roster
- Transfer of Credit Policies and Articulation Agreements
- Transfer to Cochise College
- Textbook Information (Under Search by Subject)
- Student Activities
- Facilities and Services for Students with Disabilities
- Career and Job Placement Services
- Student Diversity (PDF)
- ADA Accommodation
- Intercollegiate Athletic Programs
- Notice of Availability of Institutional and Financial Aid Information
- Assistance from Federal and State
- Assistance from Local and Institutional Programs
- Student Loan Information
- Initial Loan Counseling for Student Borrowers
- Exit Counseling for Student Borrowers
- Institutional Code of Conduct for Education Loans (PDF)
- Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations (PDF)
- Financial Aid Eligibility Requirements
- Rights and Responsibilities of Financial Aid Recipients
- National Student Loan Data System
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program (PDF)
- Drug Free Workplace (PDF)
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse Awareness (PDF)
- Vaccination Policy (PDF)
- Campus Security Policies, Crime Statistics and Hate Crimes (PDF)
- Fire Safety Policies, Fire Statistics and Fire Log (PDF)
- Missing Student Notification (PDF)
- Sex Offender Registration Information (PDF)
- Information for Crime Victims (PDF)
- Timely Warnings (PDF)
- Evacuation and other Emergency Plans (PDF)
- Annual Security Report (PDF)
2016-2017 Academic Year
Annual Full-Time Student Equivalent (FTSE): 6,347
Annual Unduplicated Headcount: 11,630
Fall 2016 Headcount (for credit): 4,213
Full-Time Instructors: 98
Part-Time Instructors: 198
Full-Time Non-Instructional Staff: 250
Part-Time Non-Instructional Staff: 74
Certificates Awarded: 600
Associate Degrees Awarded: 1,356
Student demographics based on Fall 2016 headcount
Average age: 28
Non-Resident Alien: 1%
Black or African American: 4.8%
Asian/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 3.7%
Other (American Indian/Alaskan Native, multiracial and unreported): 4.3%
Cochise County Resident: 73.2%
Out-of-County Resident: 16.4%
Out-of-State Resident: 10.4%
District general expenditures 2014-15
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
Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE)
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.
Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates
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.
- Rates are based on the entering cohort and a sub-cohort of student athletes; these are disaggregated by race/ethnicity and by athletic team.
- Rates are based upon 150% of the normal completion time. For example, the rate for a two-year program is based on those graduating within three years, whereas the rate for a one-year program would be based on one-and-a-half years.
- These charts do not identify the reasons why our students withdrew, so students who withdrew for personal or medical reasons are included.
- Rates do not include students who left school to serve in the armed forces, are on official church missions, are with a foreign aid service of the federal government, or students who died or were totally and permanently disabled.
- A pound sign (#) denotes any cohort/subcohort with five or fewer students. The college is not required to disclose this information.
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.
Gainful employment disclosure information for financial-aid eligible certificates includes cost, median loan debt, and normal completion time. This information can be found for each certificate on the certificates page of the website.