Proposal

Goals

  • Higher Student Retention and Graduation Rates
  • Greater Efficiency in use of Classroom Space

 

Problem

  • Low student success rates in courses with start times before 9:00 a.m.
  • Scheduling conflicts that decrease options for students to take other courses.  Conflicting Courses are those that cross two Standard Class Times.
  • Large number of “non-standard” class times that decrease space usage efficiency and complicate student course scheduling

 

Proposal

  1. Start classes on the hour, e.g. 9:00 rather than 9:30, from 9:00-12:00 on Monday-Wednesday-Friday
  2. Start Monday-Wednesday one hour and fifteen minute courses at 1:00
  3. Eliminate the 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. time blocks from the standard blocks. First standard class time to start at 9:00 a.m. Earlier Classes allowed by permission.
  4. Evaluate all campus spaces currently used as classroom space but NOT centrally scheduled. Bring some of these spaces into Central Scheduling, while maintaining priority scheduling for Departments and Colleges.
  5. Review of current non-standard and conflicting class times

 

Image of Proposed Standard Class Times

Proposed Standard Class Times would start Fall 2017-18 Academic Year, if approved

Advantages

  • Standard start time of 9:00 should improve student success, specifically in lower division courses
  • MW only afternoon time blocks eliminates the inherent conflict between MWF and MW time blocks and provides more 2-day-a-week course options that programs and faculty appear to prefer
  • Late afternoon MW 4:00-5:15 time slot should be more attractive to students than the early night time slot of MW 4:30-5:45
  • 5:30 start time for night courses on MW is a more optimal starting time for graduate students working a 9-5 job than the 4:30 course time and provides two night time start times to give more options for students (5:30 MW and 6:00 TR)