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ERIC Number: ED532716
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
The Impact of Class Size and Number of Students on Outcomes in Higher Education
Monks, James; Schmidt, Robert
Cornell Higher Education Research Institute
Numerous studies have investigated the impact of class size on student outcomes. This analysis contributes to this discussion by examining the impact of class size on student outcomes in higher education. Additionally, this paper investigates the importance of student load (total number of students taught across all courses) in educational outcomes. We find that both class size and student load negatively impact student assessments of courses and instructors. Large classes and heavy student loads appear to prompt faculty to alter their courses in ways deleterious to students. (Contains 5 tables and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Cornell Higher Education Research Institute (CHERI)