INCREASING CAPACITY


Many institutions face escalating demand for particular subjects that they cannot meet because they cannot hire enough faculty members, thus creating academic bottlenecks for students and slowing graduation rates. NCAT's redesign methodology enables institutions to increase student enrollment in such courses without increasing associated costs.

For example:

  • Portland State University and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville doubled the capacity of their introductory Spanish courses. PSU maintained section size at 20-24 and doubled the number of sections offered, increasing the number of students from 690 to 1,270. UTK increased the number of students served from 1,500 to 2,000 while reducing the cost-per-student by 74%. At both universities, student learning rose in some skill areas and remained equivalent to traditional formats in others.

  • Facing a classroom space squeeze, the rapidly growing University of Central Florida redesigned its political science course by delivering parts via the Web as a substitute for face-to-face classroom instruction. Two or three courses can now be scheduled in the same classroom where only one could be scheduled before. At the same time, redesign students outperformed traditional students on a content exam, and course retention increased by 7%.


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