Help Support Small Majors at York College of PA

Help Support Small Majors at York College of PA

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Concerned Students started this petition to York College of Pennsylvania

The newly enforced ten person minimum to run a course at York College of PA has greatly affected many students majoring and minoring in small programs, making it much harder to move through the required course progressions and to graduate on-schedule. Although we understand that this is a difficult time for colleges financially due to the pandemic, our learning experience is being drastically hindered. It is simply not feasible to have small majors and still enforce this rule among them. Bigger programs, like Nursing and Engineering, remain unaffected as their courses will still run with the large amount of students they have in their programs, but students belonging to smaller majors are stuck checking the course catalogue daily in fear of the majority of their courses for the next semester being cancelled. Is it really fair for some students to be put in this difficult position, while others are not, when we are all paying the same tuition to attend York College of Pennsylvania?

Not to mention the fact that this issue greatly affects elective courses that are tailored to our personal skills, areas we wish to improve in, and the trajectory of our careers. If electives that are required to gain a minor in a concentration aren’t running, it isn’t fair that students have to choose between dropping their minor altogether or graduating late. They may just be minor programs, but they are still important. With concentrations in certain studies, an employer for a certain type of job may find that student looking for work more appealing. Without that concentration, a graduated student may seem more like any other run-of-the-mill graduate. Being an average candidate is not something to strive for.

Additionally, many of us chose to attend York College for the benefit of small class sizes. Now that initial positive of the school is, in some cases, nonexistent. We as students are being shorted out of one-on-one class time with professors which we were originally promised and that is extremely necessary for some curriculum. This issue should not fall onto the professors as they are already doing as much as they possibly can to give us a substantial learning experience in this difficult time. 

For instance, if we are considering the ideology that 20 students should be put into two classes of ten, that is still a relatively small class size. But what happens if one student out of 20 chooses to switch the classes they're registered for? Is it fair that then as a result those 19 people will be jammed into one class with a fraction of the individual attention they deserve? Is it fair that they are penalized all because of one person's free choice? 

Quite honestly, those of us in small programs fear for the future of our programs even after we leave. What happens if an incoming freshman class of nine students chooses to attend York College for one specific major? Will they be admitted into the school and then right before the beginning of classes they find out that their freshman courses for their program can't run because there aren't ten students in the program? Should those nine students be left floundering for the absence of one student? We also worry about the future of the programs because if our program ceases to exist as a result of this ten person minimum, that can devalue our degree to an employer which can hinder our ability to get hired. 

In order to remedy this issue we propose that York College of PA switch back to an eight person minimum or less for small majors rather than the current ten person minimum. This may seem like a small change to be made, but it would make registering for classes and being able to count on those courses actually running much more realistic.

We look forward to hearing your response. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Concerned Students at York College of Pennsylvania

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