University Senate approved standardized classroom meeting patterns effective Fall 2017

At the October 12th meeting, the University Senate accepted a report regarding Standardized Classroom Meeting Times and approved the proposed 20 standard meeting times to be implemented as policy by Enrollment Management as of Fall 2017.

The report indicated that nonstandard meeting patterns drastically lowers the utilization efficiency of a classroom and often places severe constraints on students’ ability to schedule needed classes at overlapping times. According to the Registrar, roughly 30% of classes scheduled in a given semester do not meet in a “standardized” meeting time. Further, if departments would adhere to standardized meeting times in those classrooms controlled by departments/colleges, then when they are released for general use, this would allow for a more congruent scheduling process.

Should conflicts arise as a result of multiple requests for a particular classroom for a particular time slot, priority will be given to:

  • Courses with great enrollment (vs. fewer students enrolled)
  • Undergraduate courses (vs. graduate courses)
  • Required courses (vs. electives)
  • Lower level courses (vs. upper level)

As of Fall 2017 all departments and colleges are to use the following standard meeting times:

MWF 8-8:50 AM; 9-9:50; 10-10:50; 11-11:50; 12-12:50 PM; 1-1:50; 2-2:50 PM
MW 3-4:15 PM; 4:30-5:45; 6-7-:15; 7:30-8:45 PM
NOTE: After 3 p.m. on Fridays, classrooms are widely available for use for faculty/staff use, study hall, co-curricular activities, etc.
TR 8-9:15 AM; 9:30-10:45; 11-12:15 PM; 12:30-1:45; 2-3:15; 3:30-4:45; 5-6:15; 6:30-7:45; 8-9:15 PM

Requests for exemptions are granted on a semester­ by­ semester basis, and must be approved by the dean of the college in which the department of the course resides. The instructor of the course must provide a brief justification, in writing, to the college dean. If approved, the exemption will be transmitted to the Registrar. Exemptions could include, but are not limited to: Unique course pedagogy, asynchronous on­line courses, courses in programs with regularly scheduled off­-campus activities (e.g., student teaching), instructor hardship, etc.

Distance learning classes with synchronous instructor student interactions scheduled to occur between 8:00 a.m. and 9:15 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays shall follow the standardized meeting pattern.

Classes that meet once weekly at or after 3:00PM or that are designated as a laboratory, studio, or clinic are exempt from the standardized meeting pattern. Professional schools are also exempt. However, classes in these categories should start and end at at standard times.

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