Class Scheduling Guidelines – 605.1

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University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Policy Name: Class Scheduling Guidelines
Policy Number: 605.1
Effective Date: February 2004


A standard class schedule is essential to an orderly academic environment, especially when physical resources are in short supply and must be shared by all. Such a schedule permits maximum use of classrooms and other facilities of the university and also contributes to a sense of equity in the workloads of faculty. First and foremost, classes must be scheduled to meet the needs of students, who pay tuition and are the university’s main reason for being.

Standard Class Periods

UA Little Rock’s basic schedule is a common one in institutions of higher education. It includes 50-minute daytime classes three days a week (Monday-Wednesday-Friday) and 75 minute daytime classes twice a week (Tuesday-Thursday). This is consistent with university-wide Administrative Memorandum 635.1 which sets a standard of 45 fifty-minute classes of instructions for three credit hours.

Unlike many campuses, UA Little Rock offers numerous evening classes, most of them meeting for 75 minutes twice a week, though a number meet for 150 minutes once a week. Also, in recent years, twice-a-week daytime periods have been added for Monday-Wednesday afternoons, and weekend offerings, particularly on Saturday morning, have increased.

The standard class periods for the typical three-credit course are shown in the box which follows. In order to achieve the orderly academic environment noted above, to minimize schedule conflicts for students, and to achieve maximum and equitable use of the buildings and facilities of the campus, it is necessary that the overwhelming number of classes conform to the start and end times indicated here.

Standard class periods for fall and spring semesters for three-credit courses offered on campus.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday Tuesday, Thursday
8:00-8:50 a.m. MWF 8:00-9:15 a.m. TR
9:00-9:50 a.m. MWF 9:25-10:40 a.m. TR
10:00-10:50 a.m. MWF 10:50-12:05 a.m. TR
11:00-11:50 a.m. MWF 12:15-1:30 p.m. TR
12:00-12:50 p.m. MWF 1:40- 2:55 p.m. TR
1:00-1:50 p.m. MWF 3:05-4:20 p.m. TR
2:00-2:50 p.m. MWF 4:30-5:45 p.m. TR
3:00-3:50 p.m. MWF 6:00-7:15 p.m. TR
4:00-4:50 p.m. MWF 7:25-8:40 TR
5:00-5:50 p.m. MWF 8:50-10:05 TR
Monday, Wednesday, Afternoon* Early Bird
1:40-2:25 p.m. MW 6:35:-7:50 a.m. MW
3:05-4:20 p.m. MW 6:35-7:50 a.m. TR
4:30- 5:45 p.m. MW 6:35-7:50 a.m. WF
6:00-7:15 p.m. MW 7:00-7:50 a.m. MWF
7:25-8:40 p.m. MW
8:50-10:05 p.m. MW
Saturday Morning**
9:00-11:40 a.m. S

*The Monday-Wednesday afternoon option is not available at any start time before 1:40 as shown here. Specifically, Monday-Wednesday classes are not to be scheduled at 12:15, 12:30, 1:00 etc.

**0ther weekend options are discussed in item II, 8, in the accompanying guidelines.

Scheduling for Fall and Spring Semesters
Room confirmation required

No class will be entered in the official Directory of Classes without an available and confirmed room.

Start and end times

Standard class start and end times will be strictly observed.

Distribution across days and hours

Classes should be distributed throughout the day and evening, with a balance between Monday-Wednesday-Friday (MWF) and Tuesday-Thursday (TR) as well as between day and evening.

No class period should include two sections of a course until all other periods include one section; no class period should include three sections of a course until all other periods include two sections; etc. The time between 3:00 and 6:00 p.m. is an exception to this guideline and may be limited to a single section.

If two daytime sections of a course are scheduled, one should fall on Monday-Wednesday-Friday and the other on Tuesday-Thursday.

If two sections of a course are offered in one day, one should be scheduled during the daytime and the other in the evening. If three sections are offered in one day, they should be distributed morning, afternoon, and evening.

Course for majors: Upper-level course offerings for majors should be spread through morning, afternoon, and evening periods in order to accommodate both day and evening students.

Two-year cycles: Academic departments should offer two-year cycles of courses which maximize opportunities for students to progress toward timely completion of their degree programs.

Evening classes longer than 75 minutes: A course which extends beyond one 75- minute period on Monday night must be paired with a course of similar length in the same room on Wednesday night. The same principle also applies for Tuesday and Thursday nights.

Early bird class periods: Monday-Wednesday or Tuesday-Thursday or Wednesday-Friday classes may be scheduled 6:35 – 7:50 a.m. The traditional 7:00 – 7:50 a.m. MWF period is also available for early birds.

Weekend classes: Saturday morning classes are scheduled according to the standard schedule. Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, and Sunday classes may at present be scheduled at times determined by the department, with the dean’s approval, consistent with applicable University and accreditation standards.

Monitoring of policy: The dean of each college, or the dean’s designee, is responsible for assuring departmental conformity to these guidelines. Exceptions should have the informed approval of the dean.

Scheduling for Summer School

At present there does not appear to be a need to alter current practices in summer scheduling. Departments are asked to conform carefully to the standard class times noted below because this does serve the general interest of students and of the institution, but deviations are of less consequence during the summer and will be monitored by the dean and approved at the dean’s discretion.

Summer School Class Times: The standard class times in Summer School are for a three-credit course meeting five times per week during the day. They begin at 7:00 o’clock in the morning: 7:00 – 8:30; 8:40- 10:10; 10:20- 11:50; 12:00 noon- 1:30; 1:40 – 3:10; 3:20 – 4:50. This yields a class of 450 minutes per week, equivalent to nine 50- minute periods. Evening classes begin at 6:00 p.m. and end at different times to reach the 450 minute goal, depending on whether they meet 2, 3, or 4 nights per week. A two-night per week class, for example, runs from 6:00 – 9:45 p.m. A three-night per week runs 6:00 – 8:30 p.m., and a four-night per week class runs 6:00 – 7:55 p.m. As in fall and spring semesters scheduling, two-night evening classes should be paired on Monday-Wednesday or Tuesday-Thursday.

Future policy: We do run into challenges in accommodating the classroom needs of some of our excellent non-credit summer programs, such as Summer Laureate/University for Youth and the Mid-South Summer School on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. In the event summer enrollment grows, or in the event the institution decides to make a major effort to expand summer offerings and promote summer enrollment, then academic departments will likely have to yield some of the flexibility they now enjoy in summer scheduling.

Source: Provost’s Website/Policies
Revised: July, 1986, January, 1995, January, 1996, February, 2004,
Approved By: Provost, February, 2004
Custodian: Office of Records and Registration