Top university struggles with big class sizes

The number of jam-packed classes at Seoul National University, or SNU, is on the rise despite the Education Ministry’s policy to enhance higher education quality, writes Yoon Min-sik for The Korea Herald.

According to state-run college information website Academy Info, 123 classes at the nation’s top university in the first semester of this year have 100 or more students. It marked a significant increase from 98 classes in the first semester of 2013, and 94 during the same period of 2012.

Experts generally agree that smaller classes are preferable to larger classes, because professors can only dedicate limited effort to each student in classes with 100 or more students. “For educational purposes, we need smaller classes. But faculty and budget shortages are preventing that from happening,” an SNU professor said.
Full report on The Korea Herald site