Standard course schedule

Standard course schedule begins fall 2013

WSU Vancouver will follow a standard course schedule with 50-minute classes scheduled on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and 75-minute classes scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday beginning Aug. 2013. Some variations to the schedule will be allowed to accommodate longer classes and labs.

Moving to a standard course schedule accomplishes several goals:

  • Cuts down on scheduling conflicts to make the path to graduation easier
  • Spreads classes more evenly throughout the day and week
  • Helps alleviate “peak time” pressure on buildings, staff, students, faculty and parking
  • Puts WSU Vancouver in alignment with other campuses in the system for more seamless scheduling of videoconference classes, meetings and events
  • Creates a more vibrant, active campus all week long

History of the change

This effort was initiated by the Office of Academic Affairs. A Scheduling Optimization Task Force with representatives from the staff, faculty and student body was established in 2011 to examine the issues and make a recommendation by February 2012. The transition to a standard course schedule was approved by administrative leadership and the Chancellor. A Standard Course Schedule Implementation Committee was established in summer 2012 and is working through the transition.

Standard Course Schedule Implementation Committee

  • Leonard Orr, committee chair, professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Brenda Alling, director of marketing and communications
  • Grisha Alpernas, director of information technology
  • Dawn Banker, clinical associate professor, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ginny Guido, regional director of nursing and assistant dean, College of Nursing
  • Dave (Dae-Wook) Kim, associate professor and coordinator of mechanical engineering, School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Jean Lang, registrar
  • James Martin, director of facilities operations
  • Daniel Nguyen, president, ASWSUV
  • Kandy Robertson, clinical associate professor and Writing Center coordinator, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Nicholas Schiller, systems and instruction librarian, Library
  • Suzanne Smith, director of the department of human development; interim director, College of Education
  • Tom Tripp, interim director, College of Business
  • Daryl Wood, associate professor, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Nancy Youlden, vice chancellor of student affairs

Transition to a Standard Course Schedule

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why is WSU Vancouver changing to a standard course schedule?

A. Moving to a standard course schedule accomplishes several goals. It is a better use of our facilities. It spreads classes more evenly throughout the day and week and will help alleviate “peak time” pressure on buildings, staff, students, faculty and parking. It will cut down on scheduling conflicts and make the path to graduation easier. It puts WSU Vancouver in alignment with other campuses in the system for more seamless scheduling of videoconference classes, meetings and events. It will also create a more vibrant, active campus all week long.

Q. When will the standard course schedule begin?

A. Fall 2013. Students will notice the change when they meet with their academic advisors and schedule classes this spring.

Q. Will students have classes Monday through Friday?

A. Not necessarily. Some students will have classes only on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Some will have classes only on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Some will come to campus all five days of the week. It will depend on how the classes get scheduled, and it will differ from semester to semester.

Q. Will the night-class course schedule change?

A. No. The night-class course schedule will remain the same. Classes will not be held on Friday evenings.

Q. Will there be any one-day a week classes?

A. Yes. One-day-per-week classes will still be offered.

Q. Do the other WSU campuses follow the standard course schedule?

A. Yes. One of the reasons for transitioning to a standard course schedule is to more seamlessly coordinate videoconference classes, meetings and events with other campuses 

Q. Whose decision was this?

A. This effort was started by the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. A Scheduling Optimization Task Force with representatives from the staff, faculty and student body was established in 2011 to look at all the issues and make a recommendation by February 2012. The transition to a standard course schedule was approved by Cabinet (administrative leadership team) and the Chancellor.

Q. How will the standard course schedule impact students?

A. Students may experience a change in when or how often they come to campus. Some things students may want to consider as they register for classes include driving/carpooling, parking, work schedules, daycare arrangements, etc. Many of the same things they need to take into consideration regardless. Students will likely notice a more active, vibrant campus throughout the day and week.

Q. How will the standard course schedule impact faculty?

A. Faculty may need to update their syllabi to accommodate the allotted class times. They may experience a change in when or how often they come to campus. Some things they may want to consider when they receive their schedules include driving/carpooling, parking, daycare/eldercare arrangements, etc. Many of the same things they need to take into consideration regardless. Faculty will likely notice a more active, vibrant campus throughout the day and week.

Q. How will the standard course schedule impact staff?

A. Staff typically work a Monday – Friday schedule, but they may notice a change in their workflow as students and faculty members will be more present on Fridays than before. Certain areas such as Facilities Operations and IT that have traditionally counted on Fridays to address maintenance issues may need to adjust their workflows.

Q. Where can I go if I have additional questions?

A. Leonard Orr, chair of the Standard Course Schedule Implementation Committee, will field questions. He can be reached at 360-546-9086 or orr@vancouver.wsu.edu.