Frequently Asked Questions

When will the new schedule go into effect if adopted?

Fall 2017

What will be the process for modifying the schedule?

The process would be very similar to the current scheduling process with an additional communication step with the Units.

  • Create a rollover schedule with new Standard Class Times
    • Adjusting MWF course times by rolling start times back by 30 minutes.
    • Request preferences from units that currently have early morning and afternoon MWF Standard Class Time courses
  • Rollover Schedule sent to Units in August
  • Units make modifications to the Schedule
  • Submit Schedule to Classroom Management by November 1
What about 5-day-a-week classes?

The recommendations for 5-day-a-week format course times would be to adjust the start times to match the MWF morning start times and runs from 9:00-4:50. The recommended schedule can be viewed at http://stdclasstime.teachou.net/commonnonstdcourses/.

The Standard Class Time schedule is designed to provide common schedule for the most common 3-hr course formats and those course formats that can be aligned with these schedules. There are several common non-standard formats that will not be able to align with the schedule and will likely cause scheduling conflicts. This classes are often to meet specific pedagogical needs of the program.

PACCS will provide recommended schedules for this courses in the future. The PACCS recommended schedules are meant to provide day and time combinations that would limit schedule conflicts for students.

What about 1-hr classes?

1-hr courses that follow the 50 minute per week over 16 week semester calendar will fit within the Standard Class Time schedule in any time block and not be a conflicting course as long as the standard start time is used. 1-hr classes are non-standard by Standard Class Times that is built specifically for the majority course format of a 3-hr course. A 50 minute 1-hr course would best fit in a MWF morning time slot, but could also be scheduled in a TR or MW schedule as long as there is sufficient classroom capacity.

There are several 1-hr course times currently used including the standard 50-minutes, 55-minutes and 60-minute formats. The 55- and 60-minute format both cause scheduling difficulties in the MWF morning time slots. The 55-minute format does not give sufficient time to get between courses. The 60-minute format causes a time conflict with the next time period and would exclude a student from enrolling in a course during the next class time. Units using the 55- and 60-minute format should consider transitioning to the 50-minute standard format or move the courses to a TR or MW 75-minute time slot to reduce scheduling concerns for students.

Will there be enough time slots for MWF classes in the proposed schedule?

Yes.

In Fall 2015, there were 559 MWF courses, 254 MW courses, and 699 TR courses scheduled in Centrally Scheduled Classrooms. Currently, there are approximately 146 Centrally Scheduled Classrooms each semester depending on spaces taken off circulation for renovation. This provides approximately 146 course per time slot depending on arrangements for priority scheduling with a Unit. The proposed Standard Class Times schedule would provide a capacity of 584 MWF courses, 438 MW courses, and 876 TR courses if there were no conflicting courses that impacted the capacity efficiency.

Assuming that all of the currently scheduled courses were all scheduled in Centrally Scheduled Classrooms and remained with the same format they currently are using, there would be sufficient space for all of the standard MWF courses to remain as MWF format courses.

Will the afternoon option for MWF be removed if the proposed schedule is adopted?

Yes. Units with course in the current MWF afternoon time slots would be contacted over the summer to request a preference on whether they would like their courses relocated to the MW time slot or to one of the morning MWF times.

Will labs, studios, practicum, and other experiential learning courses/sections be required to adopt the Standard Class Time schedule?

No, not in most cases. Most experiential learning courses/sections have extended times that are longer than the 50-minute and 75-minute times used in the Standard Class Times schedule. In addition, PACCS is aware that there are significant capacity issues in many of these spaces that would not allow the program to accommodate a 30 minute shift in the MWF times. There are also some of these spaces that accommodate specific populations or scheduling needs of the program (ei. Aviation).

There are a few examples of experiential courses/sections that may be contacted and asked to adjusted their schedule if the proposal is adopted.

– 50- and 75- minutes courses/sections would likely be asked if they could adjust to the Standard Class Times.

– First-year courses/sections that have historically high DFW rate in experiential classes before 9:00 a.m. that may be asked to shift the start times to 9:00 a.m. if at all possible within the needed capacity for the course/section.

How about labs, studios, and facilities with specialize equipment under scheduling control of the Units?

This spaces are very specialized and meet specific educational goals of the Unit. There is not a plan to bring these spaces under Central Scheduling.

There may be a case were a space is very under utilized in which a discussion of an alternative solution may be discussed, such a computer lab used for a couple of courses a semester that could be transitioned into a transitional learning space with laptops and a storage solution to provide the computer space need and allow the space to be open up the space for other courses.

Will Departments and Schools have input on the schedule if the proposed Standard Class Times schedules is adopted?

Yes. Departments and Schools will have an opportunity to request preferred times for courses with early morning and afternoon MWF scheduled times in the current historical schedule before the roll over schedule is issued. Once the roll over schedule is issued Departments and Schools will have a chance to request modifications to the schedule by November 1, 2016 for the 2017-2018 academic year course schedule.

Why does the proposed schedule not have both MWF and MW courses during the same time period?

There is an inherent conflict between MWF 50-minute and MW 75-minute classes that cause scheduling problems for students. The longer time span for MW courses conflict with MWF course times and decrease the scheduling options for students.

Undergraduate students take courses from multiple College, Departments, and Schools through out their academic career. To give students the best opportunity to take the courses they need to progress towards graduation, the course schedules across campus need to work together in a unified manner.

What will Friday afternoon be used for if the proposal is adopted?

The proposed Standard Class Time schedule would open up Friday afternoon for most students to give an opportunity for other learning experiences, time for collaborative projects, extended assessment, internships, research, and organizational activities. The availability of Friday afternoon also opens up the possibility of moving common exams from the currently night schedule, which have become more problematic as more courses are scheduled at night.