The Class Times They Are a-Changin’

Photo by Olivia Drake

Photo by Olivia Drake

Your 9AMs will now be earlier. By 10, minutes, yes. But ask me if I get to Pi before my 9AM in time to now make it to an 8:50.

Members of the Education Policy Committee (EPC) sent an all-campus email about the class time shift earlier today. The time shift would shift all morning classes 10 minutes earlier, and all afternoon and evening class times 10 minutes later. This would create a “common time” between 12:10 and 1:20 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and between 11:40 and 1:20 on Tuesdays and Thursdays that will make it easier for faculty to schedule meetings and other things that faculty people do.

The time shift will be part of a pilot program for the next 2 academic years. The email mentions that the class time shift accommodates a time change in the University faculty meeting. The email is included after the break.

So, some initial concerns:

  • What will the time-shift do to the schedules of student workers and student-athletes? And the schedules of literally everyone else?
  • How will the Usdan lunch-rush dynamics change??
  • How will I get to Pi before my 8:50 (let alone my new 8:20)?
  • Why weren’t students sent around a survey or contacted directly about the time-shift before it was voted on?
  • How will this affect office hours?
  • Will morning enrollments drop?

A person, who goes by the pseudonym of Ugly Petty ’17 said that we ought to reply-all to the email with a simple, trite, and yes, petty “NO!”

Find the all-campus email below:

To the Wesleyan Community,

At the February faculty meeting, the faculty approved a motion from EPC to create midday common time Monday through Friday.

The common time on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays will be 12:10 pm – 1:20 pm (70 minutes) and on Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:40 am – 1:20 pm (100 minutes). This creates the possibility of shifting late afternoon events to midday. In particular, University faculty meetings will move to the Tuesday common time slot.

This two-year pilot will go into effect starting fall 2016. In order to achieve these common times the curriculum will be adjusted as follows: standard morning class meeting times will shift 10 minutes earlier; standard afternoon and evening class meeting times will shift 10 minutes later. The registrar’s office, with assistance from ITS, will on behalf of the faculty globally shift all fall 2016 and spring 2017 standard class meeting times. As usual, all unconventional meeting times will need to be approved by the relevant divisional dean.

These time changes will be in place by March 15 when our online course listing, WesMaps, goes live. For details please click this link – https://www.wesleyan.edu/registrar/academic_regulations/general_regulations.html#MeetingTimes.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact any one of us.

7 thoughts on “The Class Times They Are a-Changin’

  1. ss

    i think (from talking to faculty) that a big reason for this shift is the fact that younger (especially female) faculty w/ kids have a really difficult time finding times to meet + often have to either miss meetings or scramble to find childcare.

  2. '17

    What will the time-shift do to the schedules of student workers and student-athletes?
    Their schedules will shift.

    And the schedules of literally everyone else?
    Still 24 hours in a day.

    How will the Usdan lunch-rush dynamics change??
    There’s no shortage of food.

    How will I get to Pi before my 8:50 (let alone my new 8:20)?
    You won’t.

    Why weren’t students sent around a survey or contacted directly about the time-shift before it was voted on?
    Because we don’t get a say in it.

    How will this affect office hours?
    A ten minutes difference? Not much.

    Will morning enrollments drop?
    No, classes are classes and we’re all here to take them.

    1. less salty

      wow u perfected the monotone; did this take you more than the 10 minutes that the classes are gonna change?

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