Course Cap Policy

Steward
Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs
Category
Educational
Effective date
May 17, 2017
Last content update
February 7, 2022

Purpose

To establish and manage course caps for all courses to aid in meeting various student and stakeholder needs. Those needs include, but are not limited to: student learning needs, accreditation expectations, Minnesota State system guidelines and collective bargaining agreements.

Definitions

Course Cap

The maximum class size for all instruction at the College. Course caps are consistent across delivery modes.

Collective Bargaining Unit

The Minnesota State College Faculty (MSCF) Master Agreement.

Policy

The College will establish and manage maximum class sizes as outlined in the Minnesota State College Faculty Master Agreement (Article 11, Section 1, Subd. 11) for instruction. The establishment of maximum class sizes supports student learning needs, accreditation expectations, Minnesota State system guidelines and the collective bargaining agreement. Exceptions to a previously established course cap may be needed to address safety considerations, accreditation expectations, clinical site capacity or other factors. Classroom size limitations may result in a course being scheduled in a room that holds fewer seats than the course cap. Course caps are consistent across all delivery modes, i.e. on campus, blended, online, concurrent enrollment. Final course caps are approved at Shared Governance.

References

MSCF Master Agreement Article 11, Section 1, Subd. 11

Related Policies and Procedures

Minnesota State Community and Technical College Course Cap Identification/Revision Policy
 

Next scheduled review
Policy author(s)
Matt Borcherding

Revisions

DateDescription of Change

Procedural addition of using CDM to enter proposed course caps.