Student Data

Enrollments

The table below lists enrollments in COMP courses for fiscal years 2005 through 2012 along with the average enrollment for each class over that period and the total and average enrollments for upper and lower division courses.

2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
Fall
Spring
Fall
Spring
Fall
Spring
Fall
Spring
Fall
Spring
Fall
Spring
Fall
Spring
Fall
Spring
# of Offerings
Avg Enrollment
COMP 105
26
31
30
30
27
29
28
28
25
28
17
30
28
19
13
19
16
25.5
COMP 120
12
24
21
3
19.0
COMP 130
30
27
24
16
21
22
37
21
26
15
23
12
21.8
COMP 164
25
24
23
3
24.0
COMP 165
16
21
10
16
12
22
18
19
12
15
10
14
21
13
17
15
15.7
COMP 166
7
11
10
5
10
5
13
10
8
9
9
5
13
17
13
15
9.7
COMP 233
11
5
14
16
20
14
16
25
25
9
16.2
COMP 306
12
14
16
20
24
5
17.2
COMP 324
14
13
13
15
17
19
19
13
8
15.4
COMP 328
20
11
15
13
11
14
17
11
8
14.0
COMP 351
11
18
8
9
13
6
14
8
8
10.9
COMP 368
17
5
22
10
15
19
13
13
8
14.3
COMP 376
13
23
11
3
15.7
COMP 377
23
13
16
22
9
20
10
7
16.1
COMP 390
9
13
9
8
15
15
6
11.5
COMP 425
12
6
2
12
8
13
15
18
10
13
10
10.9
COMP 435
10
10
2
10.0
COMP 486
14
13
12
16
14
15
23
14
8
15.1
COMP 490
2
12
9
6
4
7.3
COMP 492
10
7
13
21
9
14
6
12.3
COMP 493
7
11
14
11
11
12
6
11.0
Totals 
129
176
144
147
143
170
165
170
164
145
133
149
147
195
160
159
Major Courses
103
145
114
117
116
141
137
142
139
117
116
119
119
176
147
140
Year Total
305
291
313
335
309
282
342
319
# of Courses
9
11
10
11
10
11
10
10
10
10
9
10
9
10
11
10
Avg # per Course
14.3
16.0
14.4
13.4
14.3
15.5
16.5
17.0
16.4
14.5
14.8
14.9
16.3
19.5
14.5
15.9
Total #  < 300
90
95
74
81
70
94
96
98
71
81
59
65
78
113
87
74
# of Courses
6
5
4
5
4
5
4
5
4
5
4
4
4
5
5
4
Avg # per Course
15.0
19.0
18.5
16.2
17.5
18.8
24.0
19.6
17.8
16.2
14.8
16.3
19.5
22.6
17.4
18.5
Total # >= 300
39
81
70
66
73
76
69
72
93
64
74
84
69
82
73
85
# of Courses
3
6
6
6
6
6
6
5
6
5
5
6
5
5
6
6
Avg # per Course
13.0
13.5
11.7
11.0
12.2
12.7
11.5
14.4
15.5
12.8
14.8
14.0
13.8
16.4
12.2
14.2

By graphing the total enrollment by year, and the average enrollments for upper and lower division courses by semester, we see that the trends in all three are positive. However, the slopes of the trend lines for all three are small. The average enrollment of the upper division courses shows more than double the growth rate of the average enrollment of the lower division courses. The difference in these two growth rates could be explained by an increase in the number of transfers or by an increase in retention rates.

The data also shows an interesting periodicity that we are unable to explain.

Total Enrollment

Lower Division Avg Enrollments

Upper Division Avg Enrollments

The table below shows the number of graduates getting a major or minor in Computer Science for fiscal years 2005 through 2011. The data shows a very little change overall in the number of CS majors over that period. However, it does show the same type of periodicity as the total CS enrollments.

Degrees Awarded (Majors and Minors)  
Degree Year  2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Computer Science Graduates  
Total
13
19
12
13
14
11
13
# with >15 Transfer Credits
4
8
4
5
5
5
5
Minors
BA
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
BS
4
3
2
0
1
0
0
Total
5
4
3
1
2
1
1

The following table shows the Computer Science graduates grouped by calendar year in which they graduated. Note that the total number of graduates in this table agrees with the total number of graduates in the preceeding table at 95. We see that while most students do not take many more than the required number of CS credits (43 - since 2007), students take about six more Mathematics credits than the 14 credits required. Also, we see that students earn almost all of their Mathematics and Computer Science credits from SMSU. The drop in 2011 may reflect recent efforts to attract transfer students.

Graduation Year Num Grads Ave # CS Credits Ave # Math Credits % credits from SMSU
2005 16 38.56 21.31 96.24%
2006 15 41.73 24.27 97.98%
2007 19 43.26 19.11 95.95%
2008 8 43.38 23.13 94.92%
2009 11 44.73 20.82 97.09%
2010 15 43.33 23.07 94.92%
2011 11 43.83 20.58 87.92%
Averages 13.57 42.69 21.75 95.00%

To measure retention, we use the enrollments in COMP 164 (formerly COMP 130), COMP 233, and COMP 425. COMP 164 is the first course taken by freshmen majoring or minoring in Computer Science. COMP 233 is the first course in our Systems sequence (COMP 233, COMP 376, and COMP 377). This course is typically taken only by Computer Science major and usually during their sophomore year. COMP 425 is our highest-level non-seminar course. It is taken by Computer Science majors only, within one semester of graduation.

The following table shows the enrollments in COMP 130, COMP 233, and COMP 425 for students who started in fiscal years 2005 through 2010. Thus the row labeled 2005 shows the enrollment in COMP 130 in 2005, COMP 233 in 2006 and COMP 425Note that it appears that if we retain a student from COMP 164 to COMP 233 then they are likely to continue through to graduation with a Computer Science major. Starting in the FY 2010, students can take COMP 233 during the second semester of their sophomore year. This is why the number from COMP 130 to COMP 233 increased for that year.

  COMP 130 COMP 233 % ret COMP 425 % ret
2005
57
14
0.25
13
0.23
2006
56
16
0.29
15
0.27
2007
63
20
0.32
18
0.29
2008
58
14
0.24
10
0.17
2009
41
16
0.39
13
0.32
2010
23
25
1.09

The following tables show the retention rates from COMP 130/COMP 164 to COMP 165 and from COMP 164 to COMP 166. The data shows higher retention rates from COMP 164 to COMP 165. This may be due to the curricular change and/or the switch from Java to Python as the programming language for the programming sequence COMP 164, COMP 165, and COMP 166. However, there are not enough data points to make a solid conclusion.

Starting Fall  
FY
C130
C164
C165
% ret
C166
% ret
2005
30
21
0.70
10
0.33
2006
40
16
0.40
10
0.25
2007
43
22
0.51
13
0.30
2008
37
19
0.51
8
0.22
2009
26
15
0.58
9
0.35
2010
23
14
0.61
13
0.57
2011
25
21
0.84
17
0.68
2012
22
17
0.77
Starting Spring
FY
C130
C164
C165
% ret
C166
% ret
2005
27
10
0.37
5
0.19
2006
16
12
0.75
5
0.31
2007
20
18
0.90
10
0.50
2008
21
12
0.57
9
0.43
2009
15
10
0.67
5
0.33
2010
Not offered
2011
24
13
0.70
13
0.54

During the past two years we have observed an increase in the number of students doing internships (COMP 499) in Computer Science. We are unable to explain this increase, as there does not appear to have been an increase in the number of internships available for Computer Science students. The following table lists the number of internships for the indicated fiscal year.

FY
COMP 499
2005
3
2006
0
2007
3
2008
1
2009
3
2010
3
2011
7
2012
7

Demographics

The following table shows the number of declared Computer Science majors enrolled at SMSU during the indicated term.

Enrolled Majors by Term
Term
2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12
Fall
92
79
74
73
68
73
71
Spring
79
82
72
61
61
65

The majority of Computer Sience students do not get a second major. However, of those who do get a second major, one of the Business fields or Mathematics are the most likely choices.

Enrollments by 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Major (FALL SEMESTERS)
Computer Science Majors
1st Major 2nd Major 3rd Major 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
ACCT CSCS  
1
    MATH
1
1
1
BUSP CSCS  
1
1
1
CSCS  
76
68
67
66
56
66
64
ACCT  
1
1
BADM  
1
1
1
EDUP  
1
FINA  
1
1
1
1
1
1
MATH  
1
MGMT  
1
1
  MUS  
1
1
FINA CSCS  
1
1
MATH CSCS  
1
1
1
1
2
1
1
PBUS CSCS  
1
1
PLAW CSCS  
1

As shown below, SMSU is not doing any better at attracting female students into computer science than other programs throughout the country.

Enrollment by Gender
Gender
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
F
11
8
8
7
8
4
8
M
81
71
66
66
60
69
63
Total
92
79
74
73
68
73
71

The Computer Science program has, in the past, attracted a fairly large number of international students. In recent years, the majority of these students have come from Nepal. However, recent changes in U.S. immigration practices have limited the number of international students coming to SMSU and hence the number of international students majoring in Computer Science.

Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity  
Ethnicity
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
Am. Indian or Alaska Native
1
1
1
Asian
3
2
1
1
1
3
7
Black or African American
6
6
4
3
4
4
4
Hispanic or Latino
2
3
2
1
1
Non-Resident Alien
28
25
27
32
31
27
11
Unknown
1
3
White
51
43
40
36
32
38
44
Total
92
79
74
73
68
73
71

Last Modified: 5/11/17 11:36 AM