Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2011 11:22:25 -0500
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From: "Schmidt-Nebril, Kathleen" <kschmidtnebril**At_Symbol_Here**DOM.EDU>
Subject: Re: max enrollment in instructional labs
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At our university we just lowered our caps from 24 to 20 for General Chemistry and Introductory Chemistry due to issues of crowding and safety.  From my understanding the 24 max is based on a square footage max per student set by the state but I do not know how accurate that history is.

K. Schmidt Nebril
Dominican University
River Forest, Il

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Subject: [DCHAS-L] max enrollment in instructional labs

What policies or guidelines do universities use to set enrollment caps on instructional labs?  Our Chemistry Department caps lab sections at 24 in lower level courses.  I believe we have used safety as the justification, but could not find the source of that specific number.  Some of our lab courses have lower caps due to specifics of equipment, techniques, or space.  I have a program that wants to justify lower caps for instructional labs.  I need some sense of what is standard or what criteria we might use.

Gail Steehler 
Roanoke College

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