Research in Higher Education

, Volume 23, Issue 3, pp 307–318 | Cite as

University class size: Is smaller better?

  • David D. Williams
  • Paul F. Cook
  • Bill Quinn
  • Randall P. Jensen


This study investigates the relationship between class size and achievement at the college level. Recent meta-analyses have found a strong relationship between class size and student achievement, but few of the studies examined class size larger than 40 or university-age populations. This analysis examines a university's testing-center data-archives representing 305 sections from 24 different courses. Section sizes ranged from 13 to 1,006. A total of 16,230 test scores were analyzed. The results of this investigation reveal that at the college level, class size may be less important an influence on student achievement than some educators have thought.


Class Size Test Score Strong Relationship Education Research Student Achievement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David D. Williams
    • 1
  • Paul F. Cook
    • 1
  • Bill Quinn
    • 1
  • Randall P. Jensen
    • 2
  1. 1.Brigham Young UniversityUSA
  2. 2.Gilbert Public School DistrictUSA

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