SDBOR Section Size Dashboard
SDBOR Policy 5:17.C.4 stipulates the minimum number of students that must be enrolled in course sections offered at the state’s public universities. As stated in policy, undergraduate and dual-listed sections must enroll a minimum of ten students, entry-level graduate courses must enroll at least seven students, and upper-level graduate courses must enroll no fewer than four students. This policy applies to regental course sections associated with specific (“selected”) instructional methods. Exceptions to the policy are allowed for up to five percent of selected sections at BHSU, DSU, and NSU and up to four percent of selected sections at SDSMT, SDSU, and USD.
The SDBOR Section Size Dashboard provides a simple tool for tracking institutional performance with respect to implementation of this policy. Specifically, the dashboard tracks the percentage of sections offered each year that are considered “small” under this policy. The dashboard also summarizes yearly information on large sections (those with an enrollment of 100 or higher) offered in the regental system.
Data from the most recent year indicate that:
- Of the 8,923 selected sections offered in FY2020, 361 (4.0 percent) could be classified as "small" under SDBOR policy. This figure is slightly higher than the comparable figure recorded for FY2019 (n=259; 3.0 percent).
- A total of 128 course sections were offered in FY2020 with an enrollment of 100 or more students, up slightly from 124 in FY2019.
Source: Regents Information Systems
- Data for FY2011 through FY2018 include state-supported course sections only. Beginning in FY2019, data include - due to a change in board policy - both state-supported and self-supported course sections. Where applicable, data have been unduplicated so that only one record exists for every group of cross-listed courses.
- For small sections, percentages are calculated as a fraction of selected sections only; for large sections, percentages are calculated as a fraction of all sections.
- “Selected” instructional methods are traditional delivery formats whose nature is such that course enrollments are not unusually limited. These methods include: lecture, seminar, discussion/recitation, large ensemble, laboratory and alternative laboratory, and physical education activity.
For more information, please see the latest SDBOR section size narrative report, available HERE