MINIMUM CLASS SIZE POLICY

 

INITIATED:  September 14, 2005                 APPROVED:  September 14, 2005

 

REVISED:  July 2009

 

PURPOSE

 

Class size has a bearing on both the efficiency and effectiveness if the instructional resources used to provide designed learning opportunities for enrolled students.  The establishment of minimum class sizes for undergraduate classes, and procedures for documenting departures from these minimums, provides both the assurance of stewardship of resources and the flexibility to deal with variable conditions.

 

 

APPLICABILITY

 

All for-credit undergraduate classes taught by NMU employees.

 

 

POLICY

 

Definitions

 

Lower division courses are those undergraduate courses with numbers below 300.

 

Upper division courses are those undergraduate courses with numbers of 300 or greater but less than 500.

 

“Course” means any regular credit bearing undergraduate course taught by an NMU employee but excludes Directed Studies, Independent Studies and other “single student enrollment” courses.

 

Policy

 

One week prior to the start of classes in the fall or winter semester lower division courses must have an enrollment of 20 students or more.

 

One week prior to the start of the classes in the fall or winter semester upper division courses must have an enrollment of 10 students or more.

 

Procedures

 

Department heads will notify the appropriate dean of any courses that do not meet minimums one week prior to the start of class indicating those classes to be cancelled.

 

Courses with low enrollments which are not cancelled will require authorization from the dean and be documented on the form supplied by the Academic Affairs Office.

 

INITIATING DEPARTMENT/DIVISION

 

Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, ext 227-2920