Thursday, October 6, 2011
A new, weekly academic calendar may have students venturing outside of their Monday-Wednesday-Friday and Tuesday-Thursday class schedule comfort zones next year.
The Educational Programs and Curriculum Committee is discussing a new calendar that could dramatically alter the way classes are scheduled in the afternoon. The new format would give students Wednesday afternoons off.
“I believe this would benefit the students because they will have half a school day to dedicate to either studying or relaxing,” EPC Student Representative Paul Shores said.
The schedule would also benefit faculty, EPC Chairman Jacob Bucher said.
“It’s really hard to have faculty meetings now with everyone having different schedules,” Bucher said. “With this model, everyone will have the same time open.”
While having a free afternoon may be appealing, Shores said representatives from the Baker University Student Senate were not impressed with other changes.
“When I presented this new schedule to the students during student senate (Sept. 27), I received a negative reaction,” Shores said. “The students did not like the fact that there would be a 7:30 a.m. class or that the class days change up.”
If this schedule were implemented in its current form, classes would begin on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30 a.m. and start on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 am. Student Senate President Caleb Watts said he thinks these early classes will be students’ biggest complaint.
“I think the general idea students are going to have is, ‘having a 7:30 (a.m.) class is awful,’” Watts said. “I wouldn’t like it. (The faculty is) going to see a lot of kids skipping class in the morning if that happens.”
Both Watts and Shores also said the schedule is confusing.
Morning classes will be arranged in their current form, with 50-minute classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 95-minute classes Tuesdays and Thursdays. After 12:30 p.m., the schedule changes. On Mondays, there will be a 95-minute class at 12:30 p.m. and one at 2:00 p.m. These classes will meet next on Thursday. Tuesday afternoon classes will meet again on Friday.
Bucher said the calendar would have to be passed by EPC, the Baker University Faculty Senate, the University Academic Council and the Baker University Board of Trustees to be approved for next year. He stressed that EPC is still “early on in discussions” to weigh out the benefits of the schedule.
“We’re nowhere near anything actually happening,” Bucher said. “But the calendar is being discussed.”