uWaterloo discourages small undergraduate classes

March 11, 2009

University of Waterloo faculty received a memo this week from the school's provost stating that the university is taking steps to discourage classes with fewer than 10 students at the undergraduate level. The memo reads that "as always, but particularly in these times of financial constraint, it is important that we deploy our teaching resources efficiently and effectively." Starting this fall, undergraduate courses with 10 or fewer students will not be counted in a faculty member's teaching load. The objective is that by 2010, offering such small classes will be "unusual." uWaterloo Daily Bulletin