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When Does Size Really Matter? Class Maximums & Student Learning. Nancy Persons, Santa Rosa Junior College, Facilitator Julie Bruno, Sierra College Dennis Gervin, Columbia College. Survey. Please take a moment to fill in the survey.

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When does size really matter class maximums student learning

When Does Size Really Matter? Class Maximums & Student Learning

Nancy Persons, Santa Rosa Junior College, Facilitator

Julie Bruno, Sierra College

Dennis Gervin, Columbia College


Survey
Survey

  • Please take a moment to fill in the survey.

  • Feel free to add additional comments as they occur to you while we provide information and discussion ideas.


Why write a position paper
Why write a position paper?

Whereas, Class caps are maximum student enrollment limits specified for each class, and class cap determinations have sometimes been made inconsistently on the basis of classroom size and other arbitrary factors; Whereas, The enrollment management plans on many campuses have been responding to FTES enrollment funding caps by arbitrarily increasing class caps in order to increase perceived efficiency; Whereas, Non-pedagogically based class caps have a serious impact on effective instructional delivery and student success, and raising class caps in many classes such as Career Technical Education and science laboratory classes not only impacts effective instruction but can also negatively impact safety conditions for students; and Whereas, A number of professional organizations such as the American Chemical Society, Red Cross, Basic Skills Initiative, and the National Council of Teachers of English have conducted studies justifying the establishment of class caps based on pedagogical concerns;


Why write a position paper1
Why write a position paper?

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges recommend that discipline faculty at local colleges determine class caps for each of their courses based on pedagogical and health and safety factors, such as but not limited to the methods of instruction, course modality, objectives and outcomes of the course, the assessment methods as established on the Course Outline of Record (COR), and fire codes; and Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges develop a position paper with guidelines for local academic senates to work jointly with collective bargaining agents to assist discipline faculty in the determination of class caps based primarily on pedagogical and health and safety factors.


Developing the position
Developing the Position

  • Passed Resolution 13.09 Fall 09

  • Assigned to the ASCCC Curriculum Committee

  • Gathered information

  • Created Structure and Content of the Paper


Components of the paper
Components of the Paper

  • Facilitating Learning

  • Student Success

  • Faculty: Setting Class Caps

  • Distance Education

  • Setting a Course Minimum

  • Workload Issues

  • Facilities

  • Administrative Perspective


Additional resources included
Additional Resources Included

  • Recommendations for Local Senates

  • Checklist for Curriculum Committees

  • Examples

  • Mathematical model


Discussion
Discussion

  • What factors do you consider when determining class maximum?


Perspectives academic senate
Perspectives: Academic Senate

  • What is the role of the Senate?

  • What is the role of the Curriculum Committee?


Perspectives administration
Perspectives: Administration

  • What is the role of the Administration?


Perspectives union
Perspectives: Union

  • What is the role of the Union?


Discussion including interests
Discussion: Including Interests

  • How do you collaborate with all interested parties?

  • How do you ensure that interests from various groups are met without compromising the integrity of pedagogy?


Discussion process
Discussion: Process

  • What is a “good” process?

  • Should there be/Is there a difference in class size for on-ground and on-line classes?

  • Where should the number be housed?

  • How do we share the information?


Discussion aligning process practice
Discussion: Aligning Process & Practice

  • Recognizing that faculty themselves don’t always stick to the class cap, so what direction can we provide to our colleagues?  Any best practices out there?

  • How do faculty and administrators stick to the class maximum when students are clamoring for classes?


Stay tuned
Stay Tuned…

  • What’s Next?

    • Revision of the paper

    • Revision of the paper

    • Revision of the paper

    • Adoption of Setting Course Enrollment Maximums at Plenary

    • Using best practices locally


Survey revisited
Survey revisited…

  • Please take a moment to add any additional information, ideas or suggestions you would like the ASCCC Curriculum Committee to consider as they revise the paper.



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