Section I: Scheduling Standards
This section of the Course Scheduling Policy regulates the scheduling of Undergraduate, Graduate, Graduate School of Management and Health Sciences Professional courses that meet in a classroom (general pool or restricted) and meet before 4:00 p.m. on Monday-Friday. The College of Professional Studies and laboratory courses are excluded from this section of the policy.
- The academic units and the Office of the Registrar will schedule all three-credit classes that start before 4 p.m., Monday-Friday using the following standard:
- Courses offered for fewer or more than three credits must use the days and corresponding start times listed above, however, the end times may be adjusted to accommodate the contact hour requirements of this policy (Section III below).
In this process, the colleges/schools must create a schedule for these courses that utilize the
classrooms as intended by the policy.
b. Example: three-one credit course = one Monday class offered from 9-9:50 a.m., one Wednesday class of like enrollment, offered from 9-9:50 a.m. and one Friday class of like enrollment,
offered from 9-9:50 a.m.
- Courses in which the colleges/schools wish to utilize a more consolidated block of time, may do so as long as the required days/start times are utilized (No. 1 above), the courses meet the contact hour requirements of this policy (Section III below) and the courses utilize classrooms as intended in the policy.
a. Example: a three-credit course that meets on Monday only, may meet from 2-4:45 p.m., as long as it is paired with another course of like enrollment, that meets on Wednesday only from 2-4:45 p.m.
b. NOTE: In order to accommodate undergraduate students' schedules that cross multiple disciplines, this option is to be used for graduate and professional courses.
- Graduate, Graduate School of Management, or Health Sciences Professional courses taught in a restricted classroom, and in which enrollment does not include undergraduate students, are not bound by the time block outlined in No. 1 above.
- Colleges/schools may offer no more than 9 percent of their courses that meet in general pool classrooms in any one time block.
- The Office of the Registrar will factor the pedagogical needs and expected enrollment of courses when scheduling all general pool classrooms. Once these classrooms are assigned, no course will be moved to another classroom, unless one or both of the following conditions apply:
a. The enrollment exceeds the classroom capacity.
b. ADA issues of faculty or students.
Section II: Evening and Weekend Courses
This section of the Course Scheduling Policy regulates the scheduling of Undergraduate, Graduate, Graduate School of Management and Health Sciences Professional courses that meet in a classroom (general pool or restricted) and that meet after 4:00 p.m. on Monday-Friday, or on the weekend. The College of Professional Studies and laboratory courses are excluded from this section.
- Evening and weekend courses must begin on the hour, half-hour or quarter-hour.
- With the exception of No. 6 above, evening and weekend courses are not bound by Section 1 of this policy.
- Evening and weekend courses are bound by Section III of this policy.
Section III: Contact Hours
This section of the Course Scheduling Policy regulates the scheduling of all Undergraduate, Graduate, Graduate School of Management and Health Sciences Professional courses, regardless of delivery method, and is based on a 15 week semester. The Law School and School of Dentistry have their own contact hour policies, referenced below and are based on their accreditation.
- Undergraduate, Graduate, Graduate School of Management, Health Sciences Professional:
a. Classroom Based Courses: must meet a minimum of 50 minutes per credit, per week, and additional workload assigned to equal a minimum of 2 hours of coursework/activity outside the classroom for each 50 minutes of meeting time.
b. Blended and Non-Classroom Based Courses: must include some form of instruction, and/or homework, and/or activity that equals the minimum of 170 minutes per credit, per week.
c. Those courses that meet in a compressed format (i.e., fewer that 15 weeks), must make up these hours within the timeframe of the course offering.
d. Contact Hours Grid:
|1 credit = minimum of 2,550 minutes per term = 42.50 hours per term
|50 minutes per week (12.50 hours per term) +
|120 minutes of additional coursework per week (30 hours per term)
|2 credit = minimum of 5,100 minutes per term = 85.00 hours per term
|100 minutes per week (25 hours per term) +
|240 minutes of additional coursework per week (60 hours per term)
|3 credit = minimum of 7,650 minutes per term = 127.50 hours per term
|150 minutes per week (37.50 hours per term) +
|360 minutes of additional coursework per week (90 hours per term)
|4 credit = minimum of 10,200 minutes per term = 170.00 hours per term
|200 minutes per week (50 hours per term) +
|480 minutes of additional coursework per week (120 hours per term)
|5 credit = minimum of 12,750 minutes per term = 212.50 hours per term
|250 minutes per week (62.50 hours per term) +
|600 minutes of additional coursework per week (150 hours per term)
- Law School:
The Law School is bound by the American Bar Association Standards of Accreditation of Law Schools. The standards require a minimum course of study of 58,000 minutes of instruction time. Of these, 45,000 of these minutes must be by attendance in regularly scheduled class sessions at the Law School. This translates to 700 minutes of instruction per classroom credit, which is the standard for the Law School.
- School of Dentistry:
Consistent with other US Dental Schools and accreditation, lecture/seminar courses are 50 minutes per credit, per week; labs are 2 hours per credit, per week; and, clinics are 3 hours per credit, per week.
Section IV: Exceptions
Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Provost.
Revised: August 2012
Effective: Fall 2012