Definitions for Course Seat Demand Projection

This course seat demand projection includes several measures which should be used to determine the optimal number of seats to offer in a course for a given semester. It should not be assumed that any single metric is more accurate or important than another. Each metric should be examined and considered.

The projection model relies on two years of course taking patterns by student major program and level to project course seats needed. For courses that have an associated lab/activity, only the primary component (usually lecture) section seats are being projected since it is assumed the correct number of corresponding lab/activity seats will be offered.

If a course is new, or has not been offered in the same semester (Fall or Spring) in the prior two years, then it may not appear, or the projection value may not be useful.


Service: Indicates if a course meets General Ed, Diversity and Common Ground (DCG), or Institutions requirements. Some courses fulfill more than one function.

Majors Requiring: Using the latest DARS degree requirements, indicates which major programs require the course.

Prior three years enrollment: Shown to provide historical context. (Note this only counts primary sections in groupings of associated lecture/lab sections)

Recent Repeats: For the most recently completed term, the number of students who were taking the course as a repeat.

Recent wait max: For the most recently completed registration cycle, the maximum number waitlisted at any point during registration.

Bottleneck-Capacity: For the most recently completed term, were there less than 3 free seats for all sections of a course.

On_rot: Is the course set to be offered in the rotation pattern for the projection term.

Projection term Capacity: Using the PeopleSoft Class Schedule (after data is pushed from SPA), total of active class section seats offered (enrollment cap) for the projection term. As with the demand projection, only primary component sections (usually excludes labs/activities) are counted.

Projected Seat Demand: This is the projected course seat demand from the IE projection model. For courses that are new or have unusual enrollment patterns, this may not be as useful as the other indicators in this report.

Distinct Majors Planning: The number of different majors with a DARS plan to take the course during the projection term.

Degree Planner totals: Total of students having indicated a plan to take this course for the given term. These numbers are not adjusted for students who may have left the institution or will be leaving before the projected term and so thus could be overstated.
It should be noted that new students will not likely have a degree plan before their first term.