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Modesto Junior College

Just the Facts Archive

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Graduation 2016-2017 3/13/2018
Predicted Changes in Stanislaus County Demographics 3/7/2018
CTE Skill Builders 2/27/2018
Qualitative Feedback from Students 2/20/2018
Success by Modality 2/12/2018
Course Load and Repeated Courses 2/5/2018
Day, Evening, Online Enrollment Trends 1/29/2018
Student Withdraws 1/22/2018
Success and Equity of Top 20 Classes 1/16/2018
Spring Demographics 1/8/2018
Winter Break
Transfer Majors 11/29/2017
Thanksgiving Facts 11/20/2017
Persistence, Graduation, and Drops 11/12/2017
Comprehensive Education Plans 11/6/2017
Math and English Placement 10/30/2017
Career and Technical Education Programs 10/23/2017
Completion for First Time Freshmen 10/16/2017
Highlights of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) 10/09/2017
Employee Demographics 09/25/2017
Transfer Data 09/18/2017
2017 Fall Enrollment by Home Zip Code 09/11/2017
Changing Student Demographics 09/05/2017
FactBook Highlights 08/27/2017

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Released 3/13/2018

Graduation Counts for 2016-2017 Academic Year

In the 2016-2017 Academic Year

  • 1576 Associate degrees were awarded to current students*
    • 15% received more than 1 degree that year
    • 27% were in STEM Disciplines
    • 30% were in General Studies with Emphasis; the highest area
    • 42% were in CTE Areas
  • 508 Certificates were awarded to current students*
    • 15% received more than 1 certificate that year
    • 26% were IGETC or CSU Transfer Pattern awards
    • 34% were in Family & Consumer Sciences
    • 69% were in CTE Areas

Graduation Trends 

Source: YCCD Crystal Reports, Graduation Report 2018

 * each year there are a few graduates who have not attended in the last 10 years; late petitions to graduate.

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Released 3/7/2018

Predicted Changes in Stanislaus County Demographics

In Stanislaus county:

  • The population between the ages of 20 to 24 years is projected to decrease by 8% between 2014 and 2022.
  • The Hispanic population is projected to increase by 16% between 2014 and 2022.
  • Less than one-third of adults have a bachelor’s degree.
  • Less than 25% of African Americans and less than 15% of Hispanic adults have a bachelor’s degree.

(Source: EMSI Population by Age, Population by Race/Ethnicity, Educational Attainment Overview)

Predicted Changes

More information:  Review the report at

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Released 2/27/2018

February is CTE Awareness Month

As we bring to an end CTE Awareness Month, we would like to bring attention to a non-traditional student pathway, that of the Skill Builders.

What are skills-builders?

  • Workers who are maintaining and adding to skill-sets required for ongoing employment and career advancement.
  • These students do not earn community college certificates or degrees and don’t transfer to a four-year institution.
  • Most skills-builder take only one or two CTE courses.
  • Most skills-builders are older students, who have had experience in the workforce.

MJC Skill-builders are;

  • 23                Median Age, 29 for State
  • 52%             Female, 44% Female for State
  • 44%             Hispanic, 34% for State
  • 6                  Median units earned in 2016-2017 Academic Year (4 for State)
  • 84%             Success Rate in CTE Courses

Sill Builder Wage Increases


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Released 2/20/2018

Qualitative Feedback from MJC Students

In the 2017 MJC Student Experience Survey, students were invited to comment on the most rewarding and most challenging aspects of attending MJC. Nearly 1700 students participated.

Most Rewarding Aspects

  • High quality teaching
  • Faculty are helpful and caring
  • Diversity of the student body
  • Friendliness of staff

Most Challenging Aspects

  • Parking problems
  • Difficulty getting into certain courses
  • Desire more online courses
  • Need more transfer assistance and accurate information for transfer students

More information:

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Released 2/12/2018

Comparing Courses Offered Either Online or Face-to-Face
  • Overall success rates in online courses have increased by 8.3 percentage points since fall 2012
  • Online course success rates were only 1.3 percentage points lower than face-to-face courses in fall 2017
  • One of five sections offered in fall 2017 were 99% or fully online, an increase of 7.3 percentage points over 6 years
Overall Success Rate of Online Classes That Are Also Taught Face-To-Face

Success Rates of OL courses with Matching F2F

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Released 2/5/2018

Course Load and Repeated Courses
  • 5785      Number of full time Students (12 or more units) in Fall 2017 (30.7% of students)
  • 8.9          Average number of units for degree/transfer focused students, fall 2017 (down 0.1 from Fall 2016)
  • 5.7          Average number of units for non-degree/transfer focused students, fall 2017
  • 49%        Percentage of students who repeat at least 1 GE Requirement Course

Repeated Courses

Source: YCCD Crystal Reports, Custom Student Section, Course Basic Extract, 2018 Jan.

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Released 1/29/2018

Day, Evening, Online Enrollment Trends
  • During the entire 2016-17 academic year, 61% of total course enrollment was in day classes, 17% in evening classes, and 22% in Distance Ed classes (includes hybrid.)
  • Total Distance Ed enrollment has grown in recent years from 18% (2014-2015 Academic Year) to over 21% in the 2017 Fall semester alone.

Enrollment Distribution

*2017-2018 includes only FALL 2017 enrollment.
View more at


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Released 1/22/2018

Dropped / Withdrawn Classes Spring
  • 35%       Of all drops occur in Spring 2017 during the first two weeks of classes
  • 13%       Of drops before classes start are due to Non-Payment
  • 54%       Students in Spring 2017 dropped at least 1 class
  • 27%       Students who dropped by census, dropped all classes in 2017 Spring (18% for 2018 Spring)

Drop Rates

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Released 1/16/2018

Top 20 Largest Enrolled Courses at MJC: Success Rates and Equity Gaps

 Top 20 Enrolled Courses Success Rate
The overall success rate for 2017 top 20 enrolled courses
increased by 4.8 percentage points from fall 2015.

Top 20 Enrolled Courses Equity Gaps
The overall equity gap for 2017 top 20 enrolled courses
was reduced by 7.6 percentage points from fall 2015.


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Released 1/8/2018

2018 Preliminary Spring Student Demographics



 Enrollment Status


With two weeks left to add classes, here’s where MJC stands as of last Friday (1/5).


  • 15% of the students were not here last semester
    (First Time new/transfers & Returning)
  • 71% of the students are Part-Time
  • 52% of the students identify as Hispanic (increase of 1% from 2017 Sp)
  • 17% are declared STEM Majors
  • 52% are declared CTE Majors


These numbers are based on early pre-census enrollment.  Typically, MJC adds ~1000 more students in the coming two weeks.  “Others” includes K-12 and uncollected enrollment status. Percentages are rounded.

Released 11/29/2017

Most Popular Majors Among MJC Students who Transfer to CSU Campuses

Among MJC students who transferred to CSU campuses during the 2016-17 year, the five most popular CSU majors were:

  • Psychology (9% of MJC transfers to CSU campuses)
  • Liberal Studies 8%
  • Business Administration 8%
  • Agriculture 7%
  • Sociology 5%

Most Popular Majors Among MJC Students who Transfer to UC Campuses

Among MJC students who transferred to University of California campuses during the 2016-17 year, the five most popular UC majors were:

  • Psychology (15% of MJC transfers to UC campuses)
  • Biology 8%
  • Agriculture 7%
  • Sociology 7%
  • Computer Science 5%


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Released 11/20/2017

Let's Talk Turkey


  • The first Thanksgiving in 1621 Plymouth Colony lasted 3 days!
  • 46+ million turkeys are sold annually for Thanksgiving
  • An 260 ton over-order of turkeys in 1953, led to the invention of the TV Dinner.
  • Butterball’s Turkey Emergency Hotline helps over 100,000 callers a year (1-800-BUTTERBALL)
  • 4,500 calories are consumer by the average American at a traditional Thanksgiving feast.
  • 50 million people are expected to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade
  • Black Friday is the busiest day of the year…  for plumbers.


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Released 11/14/2017

2016 Fall Students; Persistence, Graduation and Drops

Persist Grad Drop Rates

  • In fall 2016, 5,342 students dropped on or more courses before the end of the semester.
  • Of those the 70% who did not drop any classes in the fall, 9% of them graduated by Spring 2017.
  • Of those who dropped some of their courses, 17% did not return to MJC.

Of those who dropped all of their courses, 48% did not return to MJC. 

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The effect of Comprehensive Education Plans among First Time Freshmen (FTF), Fall 2014 & 2015.

Those FTF with an Comprehensive Ed Plan;

  • Complete 12 more units in their first year vs. those with no ed. plan
  • Are 60% more likely to continue (persist) to their second year vs. those with no ed. plan

Term to Term Persistence Chart

Avg. Student Effect of Comp. Ed Plan


No Ed Plan

With Ed Plan

Increase of

1 Year Persistence Rate



+60% Persistence

1 Year Completed Units



+12 Units Completed

Source: YCCD Crystal Reports, Student Demographic Details, 2017.

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Released 10/30/2017

2017 MJC First Time Freshmen English and Math Placements:

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  • 24% of first time freshmen were assessed at 2 levels below College-level English
  • 34% were assessed at College-level English

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  • 39% of first time freshmen were assessed at 3 levels below College-level Math
  • 11% were assessed at College-level Math

Released 10/23/2017

Career and Technical Education Graduation Facts

The majority of students enrolled at MJC declared a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program as their program of study.

In fall 2017 there are:

  • MJC Active Students                      18,422
  • CTE Program Students                   9,509 (55% of enrolled students)
  • CTE Degrees Year to Date             885 (43% of all awards)

Career and Technical Education Program Areas include:

  • Administration of Justice
  • Agriculture Business
  • Agriculture Science
  • Animal Science
  • Associate Degree Nursing
  • Auto Body Collision Repair
  • Auto Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Certified Nurse Assistant
  • Child Development
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Science
  • Emer. Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Environmental Horticulture
  • Fire Academy
  • Fire Science
  • Human Services
  • Industrial Electronics
  • Logistics
  • Machine Tool Technology
  • Mechanized Agriculture
  • Medical Assisting
  • Natural Resources/Forestry
  • Nursing  - LVN to ADN
  • Office Administration
  • Plant Science
  • Respiratory Care
  • Veterinary Technician Program
  • Welding

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Released 10/16/2017

First Time Freshmen Time to Completion

Among Students who started at MJC since 2008 (First Time Freshmen, FTF):

  • 7% have Received a Degree or Certificate from MJC
  • 3.5 years is the Average time to award completion
  • Associate degree students earn on avg. 77 units
  • Certificate awarded students earn on avg. 43 units

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Over half of First Time Students who do earn an award, do so during their 2nd or 3rd year.

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Released 10/9/2017

Highlights of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)

Pie Chart showing satisfaction of ed goal persuit

From the Spring 2017 (1200 student responses):

These are examples of areas in which MJC students reported higher and lower average responses than other CCSSE colleges:

  • 94% indicated that their MJC education is preparing them effectively to think critically and analytically
  • 91% indicated that their MJC education is preparing them to work effectively with others
  • Only 37% feel they are definitely progressing as quickly as they desire to in completing their educational goal at MJC:

Further details about the 2017 CCSSE are available at

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Employee Demographics

In fall 2016, MJC personnel counts included:

  • 16 certified administrators
  • 23 classified managers
  • 241 FT faculty
  • 342 hourly faculty
  • 220 classified professionals

 The table below shows the number and percentage of personnel and students in fall 2016. MJC staff demographics reflect the ethnic makeup of the student communities we serve, with the exception of Hispanic personnel, which are a lower representative group than our students.

MJC Demographics: Fall 2016



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Source: CCCCO Datamart Term Student Count; Faculty & Staff Demographics Report; YCCD Payroll Records

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Released 09/18/2017

Transfer Data

The number of students who transfer to a CSU or UC has continued to increase since 2012/13. In 2016-17:

  • 893 MJC students transferred to the CSU system
  • 91 MJC students transferred to the University of California

Additional details about MJC transfer trends are available in the 2017 Factbook, pages 33-37

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Released 09/11/2017

2017 Fall Enrollment by Home Zip Code

This Fall 2017…

  • 80% of students attending MJC live in Stanislaus County
  • 50% attended high school in Stanislaus County
  • 25% attended in Modesto City School District

2017 Fall Enrollment by Home Zip Code (tri-county only)

 Students By Zipcode

 Find out more on the Institutional Research Data Dashboards

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Changing Student Demographics

Line Chart of Demographics at MJC

MJC tracks student demographics by ethnicity, gender, age, and other elements including first-generation college enrollment, economically-disadvantaged status, online only students, veteran status, students with disabilities and other categories Some notable trends:

  • Over a period of five years, the proportion of MJC students who are Hispanic increased from 37% in fall 2011 to nearly 50% by fall 2016. Preliminary estimates for the most recent demographics show Hispanic students are now a majority at 51.7% of the total student population.
  • Fifty-eight percent of the student population is female. Forty-two percent are male.
  • The average student age at MJC is 25 years (down from 29 years in 2011).
  • In 2016, 65% of MJC students were first generation. When adding the layer of ethnicity, 88% of Hispanic students and 76% of African Americans were first generation.
  • The proportion of MJC students identified as economically disadvantaged increased from 48% in 2009-10 to 65% in 2015-16.


  • First generation student: neither parent has received a four-year college degree.

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Released 08/27/2017

FactBook Highlights

Hello to All!

Several years ago, our former Director of Institutional Research, Ken Hart, sent out a weekly “Just the Facts” email. Each week we received a short message with interesting information about the College, our community, and the environment of higher education. With a grateful nod to his example, we are reviving the Monday “Just the Facts” email with a few facts and a definition or two each week. They will be brief and (hopefully) interesting.

 MJC Just the Facts 2017

 Did you know that MJC recently published the 2017 edition of its FactBook?

Here are a few interesting things you can find there:

  • In 2015-16, there were 24,149 students enrolled at some point during the entire academic year (unduplicated headcount).
  • There were 17,707 enrolled students in the fall 2016 semester (unduplicated headcount).
  • In fall 2016, 33% of enrolled students were full-time students.
  • One in five students was a first-time student in 2015-16.
  • In 2015-16, 65% of the student population was from historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups such as African-Americans, Asians, Hispanics, and Pacific Islanders


  • Unduplicated headcount: actual number of individual students enrolled. Each student is only counted once, regardless of the number of courses being taken.

 For more fascinating facts, visit the MJC FactBook 2017.

Institutional Effectiveness

Contact Us

Jenni Abbott
Dean, Institutional Effectiveness
Phone: (209) 575-7795

Scott Kerlin, Ph.D.  
Director, College Research
Phone: (209) 575-6727 

James Palmer, MBA
College Research Analyst
Phone: (209) 575-6220


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