Small-Size Classes (A-46)
Original Implementation: November 4, 1977
Last Revision: July 21, 2009
- This policy applies to courses whose primary mode of instruction is lecture, laboratory, or seminar.
- Small-size classes are undergraduate classes with fewer than 10 registered students and graduate classes with fewer than 5 registered students. Minimum enrollment requirements for off-campus, face to face courses are addressed in Policy A-34, Off-Campus Courses.
- No small-size classes shall be offered in any term except as authorized by the Board of Regents of Stephen F. Austin State University.
- Only small-size classes that meet one or more of the following requirements may be authorized to be taught:
- A course required for graduation. The course must not be offered each semester or term and, if cancelled, may affect the date of graduation of those enrolled.
- A course required of majors in the field that should be completed in a given semester (term) in order to keep the proper sequencing of courses.
- A course in a newly established degree program, concentration, or support area.
- Interdepartmental (cross-listed) courses taught as a single class by the same faculty at the same station, provided that the combined courses do not constitute a small class.
- The first time offering of a course.
- A course the class size of which is limited by accreditation or state licensing standards.
- A course the class size of which is limited by the availability of laboratory or clinical facilities.
- A class voluntarily offered by a faculty member in excess of the institutional teaching load requirement and for which the faculty member receives no additional compensation.
- A small-size class of the same course may not be offered in consecutive semesters or summer terms.
- The university shall file a small class report with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board through its uniform reporting system .
- A department chair submits a small class form to the appropriate dean requesting approval to offer small-size class(es).
- The dean approves/disapproves the request and forwards the form to the provost and vice president for academic affairs (VPAA), with a copy to the registrar.
- The provost approves/disapproves the request and sends copies of the small class form to the dean and the registrar.
- The provost submits the report of small-size classes to the Board of Regents for final approval.
Cross Reference: Faculty Handbook; Texas Educ. Code, § 51.403
Responsible for Implementation: Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Contact for Revision: Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Forms: Small-size Class Request Form