Okanagan College students raise concerns about class size at Penticton campus

March 23, 2012

Students and administrators at Okanagan College's Penticton campus met last week to discuss how to handle a classroom with an enrolment of 28 students that some argue should be smaller. A student says her peers in a statistics course designed for social work majors have been struggling due the cramped conditions in the class. She says students have heard indications from the instructor that the course content is designed for 15 to 20 students maximum. She says some course components have been dropped to accommodate the extra students, and that students who will transfer to other PSE schools may be left without exposure to the full curriculum -- a situation that she believes "deliberately handicaps students." An Okanagan College official says administrators met with students earlier this month on the issue, presented some solutions, and would continue to meet with students. Administrators had decided to extend hours at the Student Success Centre to offer more tutoring and assistance. Penticton Western News