Academic Services Committee

Minutes

November 10, 2003

 

Members Present:  Carol Colatrella (LCC), Timothy Daniels (Library), Jeffrey Donnell (ME), Lynn Fountain (GTRI), Joseph Hoey (OARS), Maureen Kilroy (GS&R), Jim Sowell (PHYS).

 

Members Absent:  Tom Horton (GTRI), Don Kang (ISyE), Jane Weyant (CoE).

 

Visitor:    Les Saunders, Director, Capitol Planning and Space Management

 

1.        Lynn Fountain called the meeting to order at 3:05 p.m. on November 10, 2003.

 

2.        Les Saunders described the process by which Georgia Tech’s classrooms are scheduled and alerted the Committee to some space-related challenges that Georgia Tech will face in the future.  The points are these:

  • Classroom scheduling requires CPSM to negotiate extensively with individual departments in order to accommodate room pre-assignments, competing requests for rooms and times, course priorities, instructor preferences, and so forth. 
  • Room scheduling is exacerbated by incorrect/inflated enrollment projections for particular classes, off-sequence scheduling (scheduling 1 hour classes on Tuesday/Thursday, for example), pre-assignments of rooms, non-accessible classrooms, and the reluctance of many faculty members to teach before 10:00 a.m. or after 2:00 p.m.
  • Classroom size and configuration impacts the preferences of instructors, increasing competition for updated rooms.
  • New classrooms will next be added at Georgia Tech when the Klaus building is completed in three years’ time.  This building is slated to have six new classrooms. 
  • Many courses require classroom with special equipment, and these can complicate the availability of space.  GTREP courses that are taught in Atlanta with students in Savannah are examples of such courses.
  • Georgia Tech’s Freshman class in Fall 2004 will include 250 more students than did that of Fall 2003.  There is concern that these numbers will strain current classroom resources. 

 

3.        The Committee agreed to meet on Monday, December 8 in ERB 114 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.

 

4.        The meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Jeffrey Donnell, Secretary