Faculty Senate approves new schedule for 2015-16 school year

Feb. 12, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

The Faculty Senate approved reforms to class scheduling practices by unanimous voice vote on Thursday, concluding a protracted and occasionally contentious debate over details of the proposed changes.

The revised schedule, which will take effect during the 2015-16 academic year, aims to reduce the probability of conflicting or overlapping classes by breaking down each day into hour-long and hour-and-a-half-long blocks. Although classes may end at different times, start times will be standardized.

While much of the debate over the proposal focused on the potentially detrimental impact of earlier class times on students, most students’ days will not begin earlier than 9:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The 8:30 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. time block will be primarily occupied by discussion groups, labs and language classes.

According to the Stanford News Service, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Harry Elam framed the reforms as adhering to a recommendation of the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford.

Kylie Jue '17 was the Editor-in-Chief for Vol. 250. She first became involved with The Daily as a high school intern and now is a CS+English major at Stanford. A senior from Cupertino, California, she has also worked a CS 106 section leader. To contact Kylie, email her at kyliej ‘at’ stanford.edu.

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