Draft guidelines for managing the extremely complex process
of developing a semester's (and academic year's) course schedule
have been developed by the Provost's Course Availability
Taskforce, with the goal of achieving a more effective
schedule with more equitable and transparent allocation of
of these guidelines have been "piloted" in the Spring
2007 schedule. It is intended that they will become fully
implemented with the Schedule of Classes for Fall 2007, recognizing
that departments may adapt to them at differing speeds.
The driving principles
from the latest
draft of the Guidelines are:
- Utilize standardized
time zones as the most effective and efficient way to
ensure the maximum use of the instructional week and to
facilitate the scheduling of facilities.
- Develop a
balanced schedule so that each academic unit offers
a class schedule distributed across time zones throughout
the full week.
- Rotate course
offerings into different times and days over the two
semesters of an academic year
and known priorities should drive the assignment of
- Limit changes
to the schedule of classes after student registration
- Resolve scheduling
discrepancies as timely and efficiently as possible.
rests with the academic department, with oversight responsibility
by the dean, for producing a schedule that follows these
University Guidelines of balance and provides maximum access
classroom space management is a University goal that
can be pursued by maximizing classroom resources and institutional
flexibility in offering a schedule of classes.
Please visit the
draft of the Guidelines for an indepth description
of these principles.
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