Who Attends Prefect Sessions? The Data from Fall Term '12

Data Analyst: Liz Llanes (’13, Economics)

A substantial portion of Carleton students utilize the Prefect Program

  • Prefects were assigned to 16 classes and held 278 sessions
  • Over 500 students attended a prefect session
  • Around 78% of students enrolled in a course with a prefect attended at least one session. Around 15% of enrolled students attended at least half of the offered prefect sessions
  • On average, a student enrolled in a prefect-supported course attended 3.8 sessions. For students who attended at least one session, the average was 4.9 sessions
  • The average prefect session had 7.6 students.
  • The average session had 22% of the class in attendance

Students of all class years worked with prefects

  • Approximately 31% of students attending a prefect session were first-year students, 41% were sophomores, 12% were juniors, and 16% were seniors
  • Around 92% of first-year students, 78% of sophomores, 62% of juniors, and 69% of seniors enrolled in a prefect-supported course attended at least one session
  • On average, first-year students attended 5.1 sessions, sophomores attended 3.9 sessions, juniors attended 2.7 sessions and seniors attended 2.5 sessions

Students met with prefects for introductory and intermediate natural science, social science and computer science courses

  • 75% of students taking a natural science course, 80% of students taking a social science course, and 77% of students taking a computer science course attended at least one prefect session
  • Around 83% of students in introductory courses and 68% of students in intermediate courses attended at least one session
  • The average natural science prefect session had 25% of class in attendance. The average social science session had 23% of class in attendance. The average computer science session had 13% of class in attendance
  • The average introductory course had 25% of class in attendance. For intermediate classes, the average session had 17% of class in attendance

Students who attended the first prefect session attended more future sessions

  • 21% of students attended their prefect’s first session
  • Students who attended the first prefect session attended on average 7.6 prefect sessions. Students who did not attend the first session attended on average 2.8 sessions