- Departments or programs may set minimum and maximum enrollment limits for any course or any section of a course. Enrollment limits are subject to review by the dean.
- Each campus and college must maintain and publish a policy regarding the cancellation of low-enrollment classes or sections. These policies may differ across colleges and may allow variations by department. Any such policy must, at a minimum, take into account:
- the impact to student academic progress, student finances, and graduation,
- the need for a course to contribute to appropriate program breadth and curriculum, and
- commitments made to instructors that a course would be offered.
- Cancellation of low enrollment classes.
- Classes may not be cancelled due to low enrollment after the first day of classes begins.
- Departments are encouraged to assist students with finding replacement courses or other accommodations where cancellations negatively impact students’ degree progress and/or financial aid.
This policy is not applicable to the Duluth campus.
Reason for Policy
Maximum efficiency and optimal learning occurs within an enrollment range: it is not feasible or educationally sound to teach certain courses if enrollments are either too small or too large. Departments must be able to cancel a class if enrollment is too low to warrant offering it. Students need adequate time to select a replacement class if a class is cancelled in order to meet degree requirements, make timely degree progress, and maintain financial aid eligibility or meet other student status requirements.