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ERIC Number: ED546768
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 36
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
Setting Course Enrollment Maximums: Process, Roles, and Principles. Adopted Spring 2012
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
Appropriate course enrollment maximums are an essential aspect of guaranteeing the quality of instructional programs. Colleges must consider many factors in establishing these enrollment limits, including legal codes, student and instructor safety, instructor workload, and the fiscal viability of the institution. However, the primary basis of any determination regarding enrollment maximums should be the pedagogical factors that influence the success of the students in the course. Many different college constituencies have roles to play in establishing appropriate enrollment limits, including discipline faculty, curriculum committees, academic senates, bargaining units, and administration. This paper outlines the proper roles for each of these constituencies and offers suggestions for establishing clear processes through which decisions regarding enrollment maximums may be made. Four appendices include: (1) Course Enrollment Maximum Process Example from Cuesta College Maximums; (2) Course Enrollment Maximum Process Example from Mt. San Antonio College; (3) Check List for Curriculum Committee Use in Determining Course Enrollment; and (4) Mathematical Model for Determining Course Enrollment Maximums.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Academic Senate for California Community Colleges
Identifiers - Location: California