Enrollment Decrease in Persian Studies

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- “Thirteen is not even the ideal size of a course,” said Daniel Bernardi, interim dean of the College of Liberal and Creative Arts. He added that it’s fair for the college to cancel classes before the first day of instruction to give students the option to adjust their schedules. Bernardi explained that scarcely-enrolled courses don’t meet LCA standards of a quality learning environment. The LCA usually drops classes with less than 17 students, but kept two Persian Studies courses that fell under the threshold. From 2008 to 2011, the average student enrollment in Persian Studies courses was 35 students per class but has since declined to half that number, according to Ara.