SDBOR Section Size Dashboard
SDBOR Policy 5:17.4 Small Section Limitation 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 only to state-supported course sections associated with specific (“selected”) instructional methods. Exceptions to the policy are allowed for up to four percent of selected sections at BHSU, DSU, and NSU and up to three 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 7,169 selected sections offered in FY2016, 221 (3.1 percent) could be classified as "small" under SDBOR policy. This figure is up somewhat from FY2015 (n=215; 2.9 percent).
- A total of 129 course sections were offered in FY2016 with an enrollment of 100 or more students, down from 131 in FY2015.
Source: Regents Information Systems
- Data include state-supported course sections only. 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 state-supported sections only; for large sections, percentages are calculated as a fraction of all state-supported 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