Each time a student attempts to register for any Western course. a computer record is created, including the student ID, the course sought, and the outcome of the attempt. Using those records, we can generate estimates of the demand for each course at Western. This report presents findings for fall quarter, 2001. We plan parallel reports for winter and spring quarters-hopefully early enough to be used by departments considering course offerings for 2002-2003. The major limitation of the data presented here is that students use Classfinder to identify courses that are already filled vs. open. That means some demand for popular courses is not recorded, because students begin registration knowing the courses are already filled and do not attempt to register for them. In all likelihood, our findings regarding demand levels for particular courses are accurate except for the highest demand courses, which are underestimated. They will still appear as high demand, but the level we report is undoubtedly lower than actual demand. The first section of this report is devoted to a detailed description of the data we worked with and the ways in which we defined student demand. Anyone wishing to fully understand the data tables that accompany this report should read the section titled "The Data." Those who prefer not to read that section can skip to the "Some Findings" section. For those skipping "The Data." we include the following summary of our definition of student ''demand''
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Simpson, Carl and Schmidtz, Sharon, "Analysis of Student Demand For Courses at Western Fall Quarter, 2001" (2002). Office of Survey Research. 564.