How many unnecessary course sections do you have?

Topics: Administration and Finance, Academic Affairs, Academic Planning, Capacity Planning, Program Prioritization, Course Scheduling, Academic Calendar

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John Workman

John Workman, Practice Manager

Jan. 14, 2014

Maximum section size is a key number for both classroom allocation decisions and faculty workload calculations. Caps are set by departments to ensure that sections do not exceed a pedagogically appropriate size, and yet most sections never come close to reaching the maximum. As a result, institutions regularly offer more sections than they need to accommodate student demand.