Top 6 Reasons Small Class Sizes Work!

Small Classes + Individualized Learning = Student Success

Globe University-La Crosse is a small school. It’s small to create a connected environment of faculty, support staff, and students focused on career learning. Why does Globe use small class sizes promote success? Read what instructors have to say:

Massage Instructor Shelly Shaker (right) Massaging Patients at the VA Medical Center with Massage Students

Massage Instructor Shelly Shaker (right) Massaging Patients at the VA Medical Center with Massage Students

1. Student Driven Learning Experience

“Smaller class sizes allow me to help students feel they are part of the campus and in control of their learning.  Giving them a more personalized education experience gives them the confidence they need to speak up in class and take on leadership roles in class activities,” DeAnn Perzel, Business Program Chair.

2. Teacher and Student Understanding

Instructors have the opportunity to build relationships with their students to better meet their needs and promote academic success.

“Small classes are incredible because they really allow an instructor to get to know the students on a personal level.  An instructor can learn about student’s backgrounds and interests.  That information can then be used to relate the curriculum to the student’s lives and professions.  It makes the class seem more relatable and useful to a student when they see how it affects them personally,” June Vatland, Associate Dean and Business Program Instructor.

Vet Tech Instructors and Students Performing a Spay on a Dog from the Coulee Region Humane Society

Vet Tech Instructors and Students Performing a Spay on a Dog from the Coulee Region Humane Society

3. Enhanced Career Applications

Workplace readiness is essential to prepare students for employment after they graduate.
Small classes help to facilitate these classroom objectives.

“Our paralegal courses feature training in the type of legal research and document preparation that real-world paralegals perform in the law office.  Our small class size facilitates this type of training; it allows the instructor to offer research and writing tips to each student while these tasks are being simulated in the classroom, thereby enhancing the student’s learning of these vital skills,” Jeff Ahonen, Paralegal Program Chair.

4. Student Camaraderie and Support

With fewer students in each class, they recognize when fellow classmates are absent
and motivate each other to attend and be active participants in classroom activities.

“Students have more opportunities to speak and there is more time for discussion. Classroom attendance is higher because they know if they are absent they will be missed! I have more opportunities to give detailed feedback to my students and then in turn look for additional feedback from them. They feel like their opinion is valued,” Dawn Boayue, Medical Assistant and Medical Administrative Assistant Program Chair.

Criminal Justice Instructor Jeff Trotnic with Students holding their Letters from State Politicans Praising of a Recent Service Learning Project

Criminal Justice Instructor Jeff Trotnic with Students holding their Letters from State Politicans Praising of a recent Service Learning Project

5. Enhanced Classroom Participation

“Smaller class size allows for more interaction without the students being fearful of speaking out on a topic.  The small class size assists the students to bond together and makes the learning environment less intimidating.  It also helps me as an instructor when the students feel comfortable engaging in dialogue related to the topic at hand,” Jeff Trotnic, Criminal Justice Instructor.

6. Individualized Student Motivation

“Smaller class sizes enable me to delve more deeply into the motivating factors that provide momentum to each individual. I use this knowledge to energize students in a more personal manner,” Sean Parker, Dean of Faculty and Business Program Instructor.

Globe University-La Crosse is a unique provider of individualized learning. Classes are never more than 24 students and focus on the needs of the students and the objectives of the courses. Small class sizes allow students to drive their learning in a motivating, welcoming, and safe environment that fosters academic success and prepares students for entrance into the career world.





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2 Responses to Top 6 Reasons Small Class Sizes Work!

  1. Jodie Liedke says:

    As a general education instructor for Globe-La Crosse, I find that with smaller class sizes, I can incorporate every student’s ideas, analysis, and emotions into a discussion be it writing, literature, or film, and then push them to thinker deeper by comparing it to another student’s point of view. In a larger class, there would not be time to “really” make every student think critically and form a web of conversation amongst the group.

  2. I agree that small class sizes are the key to a better learning experience. In large classes student can feel anonymous and “check out” for the interactive parts of the learning. Glad to see that it is a focus.

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