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Class Scheduling Proposal - History & Rationale (October 2001)

Background

In 1996, Provost Ken Watters asked the Academic Policy Committee(APC) to develop a formal policy for scheduling classrooms for the purpose of ensuring that:
  • students were not prevented from classes due to course schedule conflicts, and

  • campus classrooms were being efficiently and effectively utilized.
In response to his request, the APC determined that campus-wide guidelines were needed and recommended course-scheduling guidelines for campus adoption. Provost Watters distributed the APC-recommended policy in July, 1997 for campus review. No policy was adopted.

The issues identified by the APC as needing to be addressed in 1997 are still with UWM today and, in fact, are more critical because of growing enrollments and increased pressure on classroom spaces and other campus resources.

Provost Wanat asked the academic deans to assign representatives to work over the summer of 2001 with Leslie Schulz and Ruth Williams to prime the campus discussion and planning for scheduling alternatives that will expand our capacity to meet the instructional needs of increasing numbers of students. That group spent several meetings reviewing and revising the class schedule recommended by the APC in 1997. Associate deans shared models and comments between themselves and with their unit’s department chairs. In addition, many department chairs solicited comments from departmental faculty.

Rationale

The proposed class scheduling model responds to:

  1. A shortage of classrooms at certain times of the day

  2. An increase in the number of requests for mediated classrooms

  3. Course conflicts that arise for students because of inconsistencies in start/stop times

In addition, the proposed model, which will apply to all classes offered on the Kenwood campus, will also:

  1. Facilitate additional 2-day class schedules beyond Tuesday/Thursday to Monday/Wednesday.

  2. Put in place consistent start times for classes.