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Herbst: UConn Limited Class Availability A Concern

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Susan Gerbst (Peter Morenus/UConn)

Susan Gerbst (Peter Morenus/UConn)

By STEPHANIE REITZ Associated Press Writer

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst says one of her biggest worries is how to ensure students a fair shot at the courses they need to graduate on time.

Herbst told audience members at the Old State House in Hartford on Tuesday that knowing some students must stay for extra semesters to get spots in high-demand classes is “a thing that would keep any president up at night.”

Class sizes and availability are among several issues UConn trustees are examining as they try to cut $68 million from the school’s approximately $1 billion budget proposal.

UConn averages 17 students per teaching faculty member, and has hoped for years to hire enough instructors to return to its former 15-to-1 ratio.
Some classes are much larger, and many fill almost immediately.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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