Classroom Utilization in Departmental Controlled Spaces
All departments are expected to utilize their own classrooms 30 hours per week for scheduled instruction BEFORE requesting the use of general assignment classroom space. Classroom utilization statistics will be reported to the Provost Office. Underutilization of classroom space may lead to a reversion of that space to Classroom Scheduling.
Although the standardized time frames are a requirement in general assignment classrooms only, should a departmental course need to be relocated from private controlled space to a general assignment classroom, a change in class time might be required in order to secure teaching space within the general inventory pool.
General Assignment Classroom Scheduling Policies and Regulations
The primary goal of the Office of the Registrar is to maximize courses, staff, and teaching spaces while reducing operating costs to be fiscally efficient and environmentally responsible. This focus is especially imperative in these fiscally challenged years ahead. Following standard set scheduling patterns with compatible start and ending times, the overall schedule fits together with less conflict in a consistent and equitable manner. In order to achieve these goals, revised scheduling policies and procedures have been established by Classroom Scheduling and approved by the Office of the Provost. The scheduling regulations apply to those colleges who utilize general assignment classrooms from the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Education, and Engineering, and Tippie College of Business. Use of scheduling regulations permits efficient exercise of available classroom space as well as provide an orderly framework for instructional planning to reduce course concentration. Use of standard time blocks also allow students greater flexibility and opportunity in scheduling classes offered by different departments or colleges.
General assignment classrooms (GAC) are scheduled on a 50-hour week. GAC are scheduled by use of standardized class hours, Monday–Friday, which incorporate both daytime and evening class hours. Standardized class hours begin at 8:30 a.m. on MWF and 8:00 a.m. on TTh. Evening class hours typically begin at 6:30 p.m. M, T, W, or Th evenings. Departments are required to distribute their courses in a variety of meeting patterns (MWF vs. TTh) throughout the full academic day, avoiding concentration during the peak hours of 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.