Keene State One of 30 Colleges Offering Small Classes on a Budget
KEENE, N.H., 12/11/09 - Keene State College is one of 30 colleges that U.S. News & World Report has singled out for offering "small classes on a budget."
"Attending a big, affordable public university doesn't doom a student to huge lecture halls ..." the report stated, "Here are 30 well-regarded and affordable colleges with lots of small classes."
The list includes 30 colleges and universities nationwide that offered small classes (19 or fewer) and in-state tuition and fees under $10,000 in 2008. Researchers recognized Keene State for offering 52 percent of its classes with 19 or fewer students.
"We are pleased to be recognized for the small classes and individualized attention we offer our students," says Keene State Provost Mel Netzhammer. "Our small class sizes are a critical part of important changes we've been making that are paying great dividends for our students."
Netzhammer notes that a recent move from a 3-credit to a 4-credit curriculum at Keene State has resulted in the revision of all courses, allowing for more depth in them. There is a new focus on undergraduate research, service learning, learning communities, and other "high impact practices" that, according to recent research, leads to improved student learning.
Data recently released by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) documents significant improvements in student engagement at Keene State since the survey was administered three years ago. Additionally, the College's new Integrative Studies Program is an "exemplar" program in AAC&U's Liberal Education and America's Promise initiative (LEAP).