The CRA survey asked units to assess the impact of their increased enrollments and the demand on associated resources.
The following sections summarize responses on actions taken
to manage enrollment growth, course size, related resources,
and faculty workloads. We also report on approaches taken to
manage students’ access to courses.
OVERALL WORKLOAD MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES
The survey asked units to rate eight actions representing
possible reductions explicitly taken or happening to compensate for the increased enrollment growth workload on
the unit to handle core instructional needs. Figures 4(a)
and 4(b) list the responses that were received respectively
from the doctoral- and non-doctoral-granting units. We list
the actions by the largest responses for “Reduced” in doctoral-granting units. For the doctoral-granting units, more
than 50% of units stated they have reduced or plan to reduce
two of the actions listed: the number of courses with low
enrollments and the number of electives offered. For the
non-doctoral-granting units, more than 50% of units stated
they have reduced one of the actions listed: the units’ contribution to the College Core or First Year program. The difference in responses is likely due to differences in priorities
and institutional structures. We also note that the responses
from non-doctoral-granting units show that these institutions have reduced more activities than the doctoral-granting units overall.
Many doctoral-granting respondents stated there is a demand from nonmajors for computer science major courses,
The impact on units from nonmajors is
discussed in more detail in [ 1]. Lastly,
Figure 3 shows that only one unit reported a perceived decrease in demand for
any computer science major course.
THE RESPONSES TO THE
The CRA Enrollment Survey asked a wide
range of questions about the impact of
increased enrollment in undergraduate
courses on the units, including questions
on what activities were or may be reduced,
what activities were or may be eliminated,
how the increased demand is managed,
and what units are trying to maintain and
preserve. This section summarizes the responses on the actions taken or not taken
by the units that responded to the survey.
The complete list of questions asked in
the CRA Enrollment Survey is available
from a link within [ 4]. We encourage the
reader to see the survey for the full wording of the questions.
Figure 3: Number of doctoral-granting units reporting levels of increased
demand from majors and nonmajors by course level.
(a) Doctoral-Granting Units
(b) Non-Doctoral-Granting Units