Smaller Class Sizes at Colorado State University
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According to US News and World Report Education, 46.5% of classes at Colorado State University range from twenty to forty-nine students. 34.6% of classes have fewer than twenty students. With 18.9% of classes consisting of fifty or more students, Colorado State has the highest rate of large classes when compared to other major universities in Colorado. We believe that key factors in succeeding in college involves having a relationship with your instructor, being able to connect with other students, as well as access to opportunities in and outside of the classroom. Having larger class sizes limits these factors. At Colorado State many instructors have hundreds of students spread across classes. The large amount of students one instructor teaches makes for little time for one-on-one sessions, or to create a bond between the instructor and student. This makes it hard for the struggling students to get individualized help and improve their grades. Another resource that we as students have is each other. It is hard to create a sense of community among students in larger classes, and having smaller classes will allow connections to form. These connections will increase the likelihood of forming study groups. Our goal is to reach individuals in powerful positions who can bring us closer to reduced class sizes, and bring in funding to employ more instructors at Colorado State University. We want to provide opportunities for every student to do well and thrive at this university. Please join us in the fight against large class sizes by signing our petition.
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