, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 191-192
Date: 19 Nov 2012

Impact of Course Scheduling Formats on Student Learning and Satisfaction

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One impact of the current budget crisis in higher education is the increased emphasis on classroom utilization. Of particular concern is the use of classroom space during early morning, later afternoon, and evening hours. Columbia University recently required each department to schedule no more than 10% of its courses during any one time/day block. The University of Arizona implemented a rule that allows each college to schedule no more than 70% of its courses during prime time (Gaubatz, National Teaching and Learning Forum, 2003).

Implementation of new classroom utilization management policies gives rise to faculty concerns that these policies may negatively affect student learning outcomes and student satisfaction. Smith and Stephens (Academy of Business Education Conference, 2010) found that learning outcomes were significantly higher in accounting classes that met later in the day (10:00 AM start time) than in classes that met earlier in the day (8:00–9:00 AM start time). They also ...