The Kalamazoo College Faculty Executive Committee met in fall quarter of 2015 to create a schedule that granted more options for classes. These changes include an added class section and the elimination of forty-minute Fridays.
Professor Jan Tobochnik is a chair member of the FEC, which looked into changing the schedule and asked faculty for input. They then sent their suggestion to department chairs and the Provost’s department to look over. After coming up with the final schedule, the faculty voted and the President’s staff approved it to take effect in the 2016-2017 school year.
According to Tobochnik, there will be three class sections offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays instead of two. These classes will start at 9:30 A.M., 12:10 P.M., and 2:10 P.M. Changes to Monday, Wednesday and Friday start times include a shift from 8:30 A.M. to 8:15 A.M. and 10 A.M. to 9:40 A.M.
“You’re not going to have the forty-minute Friday class,” Tobochnik said. “The reason for that is that…you couldn’t get much done in that time. Also, the other two time slots are too long and not always that effective.”
Another amendment is to common time, which is currently on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The new common time will be from 10:55 A.M. to 11:55 A.M. and will have no effect on Community Reflections held on Friday mornings. “It’s now going to be Monday and Wednesday,” Tobochnik said.
According to Tobochnik, this new common time can be beneficial to science students who have classes at Ten o’clock, 11:50 A.M., and one o’clock that currently have no time to eat lunch.
“I think there will be different benefits for different people,” Tobochnik said. “For a lot of faculty that teach outside the sciences, that extra seminar slot will be good. For students in the humanities and social sciences, I think it’ll give more flexibility in terms of course selection.”
Other results of these scheduling changes include allowing some science faculty to have pre-lab times, and slots for languages to hold class four times a week without overlapping with other class sections.
“Right now a lot of courses overlap with each other,” Tobochnik said. “[Common time] is a little early. It’s like brunch if you’re having a meal at that time. I think [these changes] will be good. Hopefully it’ll give a little more flexibility.”