The Impact of Increasing Class Size on Learning and Safety in Lab Courses

Spring
2008
Resolution Number: 
13.02
Contact: 
Assigned to : 
Category: 
General Concerns
Status: 
Completed

Whereas, Many programs have labs that are critical to support the active learning of their students;

Whereas, Many times these students are required to use hazardous materials and dangerous equipment that create safety issues; and

Whereas, Budget and enrollment concerns may result in pressure to exceed existing course size limits;

Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges caution local faculty, curriculum committees and administrators that there can be a dangerous effect on student safety and an adverse effect on learning when class size is increased beyond the pedagogically sound limits set by discipline faculty. MSC Disposition: Local Senates

Status Report: 

This issue was addressed in the revised enrollment management paper--http://asccc.org/sites/default/files/ClassCapsS12.pdf.