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My 2A is Dead! Long Live 2A!

My favorite hour for courses is the 2A: 2:00pm-3:50pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Class starts right on the hour, as does a 9 or a 10. But not for too much longer. At their meeting on Monday, the faculty voted unanimously to adopt the below class schedule, wherein 2A’s will start at 2:25pm, and everything else is slightly changed (there is even the option of night classes) in a timetable that has not been modified in many years:

Class Schedule Voted.jpg

The new hourly schedule will probably be implemented in the fall of 2016. I predict that the sun will continue to rise, the earth will still revolve around it, and students will finally be able to get to class on time.

Of course, one can re-jigger a calendar, but let’s see who follows it. This summer, the members of the faculty in their infinite wisdom and mercy, have scheduled no courses at all in the 8 and 9 hours (though there are three courses for hearty souls in the 9L hour starting at 8:45am: Environmental Chemistry, Digital Electronics and Macroeconomics).

That said, it is nice to see positive changes happen at the College. Do I detect a logjam slowly breaking?

Addendum: See the Curricular Review Committee’s reasoning for the scheduling change in the extended:

The committee proposes to modify our class schedule to increase passing time from 10 to 15 minutes, create a block for a three hour seminar, maintain the x-hour feature, and develop evening class options. A schedule that meets these existing and new requirements is presented in Figure C3 [above]. Several features of the proposed schedule are worthy of note: First, the new schedule maintains the variety of class time options found in Dartmouth’s current schedule. There are two 50 minute, 5 day per week periods in the early morning. In prime time, there are four 65 minute periods 3 days per week, and two 110 minute periods 2 days per week. In late afternoon there is a third 110 minute block 2 days per week, and a fourth one is scheduled in a new evening slot. The proposed schedule, like our current one, minimizes course scheduling overlaps.

Second, the schedule allows for 15 minute passing times by slightly extending class times later into the day. Classes that ended at 2:50 p.m. on MWF now would end at 3:15 p.m.; classes that ended at 3:50 p.m. on TTh would now end at 4:15 p.m.

Third, the schedule creates a new option for evening classes on Monday and Wednesday. Instructors can choose to offer a “6A” of 110 minutes twice per week, or a “6B” of 180 minutes once per week. The latter option may be attractive to faculty members who prefer a three hour block in which to teach culminating experience seminars. The evening time slots may also prove useful to faculty members teaching laboratory sessions, most of which are now arranged informally in the late afternoons and evenings.

Fourth, the proposed schedule maintains x-hours in both prime time and late afternoon. The committee initially considered a schedule in which all x-hours were moved to late afternoon, to allow for a three hour teaching block in prime time and a one hour block in the middle of one day per week in which no classes would be scheduled. Members of the Committee on Instruction, Committee on Policy, and Committee of Chairs reviewed that schedule and raised a variety of concerns about moving all x-hours to late afternoon. The CRC took those concerns into account in developing the modified schedule proposed in this report.


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