NKU battles increasing class sizes

One of the biggest factors in a student’s decision in choosing a college is the university’s average class size.

One of Northern Kentucky University’s main marketing points is small classes that average about 24 students. But Northern Kentucky University students have noticed class sizes increasing recently.

“The number of students that are required to take developmental courses have decreased, which has made more students reach college-level courses quicker,” said NKU Provost Gail Wells. “This fluctuation has resulted in bigger class sizes.”

To combat increasing class sizes, NKU is going to start accepting fewer students who have academic deficiencies.

Improvements to overall academic achievement and co-curricular activities has drawn more students to the university. Wells said new buildings, such as Griffin Hall, a new building that will house several departments including computer science, computer information technology, and electronic media and broadcasting, helps bring more students to NKU. Griffin Hall is set to open in the fall 2011 semester.

However, larger class sizes may result in bigger fears. People anticipating personalized attention and a good education may feel an affect on the ability to obtain such values.

“I like small classes because it’s more personable and I get more attention from the teacher,” said freshman Kentra Harris. “It was one of the reasons I chose to come to NKU.”

Story by Danielle Wesley