As the current class policy stands, faculty only recieve a portion of the credit load for classes that are underenrolled with less than eight students. Having this policy prevents many students from taking the classes that they are required to on a scheduled manner because of cancellations. This year alone, a few sections of courses were cancelled, resulting in a disapointing email sent out only weeks before classes began and a load of stress that could have been avoided as far as advising goes.
It is not only students that are effected by this change, but faculty as well. For each class that runs and is under-enrolled, they only recieve a portion of the credit load which results in a change in salary for that class if they do not meet 24 credits for the year. The pressure should be taken off of faculty to meet this requirement.
Rather than doing directed studies left and right, a class with four students should be able to run with the full credit load for the faculty. The statute of education should be foused more the quality of education rather than the quantity.
In a community like Huntington, which is known for being small, we believe that the value of education should shine through the support of these small class sizes. Often times when the university is being advertised, it takes pride in our small classes. However, when they are being cancelled each semester and faculty are not getting their full credit load for having less than eight students, we are representing just the opposite.
This situations often breaks up class years, resulting with seniors in mainly freshman classes and scrambling to finish classes prior to graduation. There are many cases of this happening all over campus and we hope to see a change in the cancellation of classes in the near future.
As students at Huntington, there are reasons everywhere that we chose this university over the rest. We take our education seriously and want to see this mirrored in the handbook. As the year progresses and registration approaches, the desire of students is to have less cancellations and a shift of emphasis on quantity and placed on quality.
The Huntingtonian editorial is written by the staff. It reflects the viewpoint of the editors only and does not represent the viewpoint of Huntington University.