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New class times increase hassle

By Leah Coffman
On September 16, 2013

 

It used to be simple-arrive to campus at quarter 'til the hour to find a parking spot and get to class on the hour. It was easy to know when to leave, when to arrive and when to go home or meet up. It was consistent.

However, with the change in class schedules, there is a level of inconsistency that makes it difficult for students and instructors alike to arrive for classes on time. Remembering a collection of different and unusual times that classes begin and end is an unnecessary added level of confusion for the campus.

The inconsistency extends far beyond simple attendance issues. Arranging meeting times for study groups or social events becomes far more complicated in light of such oddly specific times as 9:05 or 1:25. It creates uncertainty about when to depart for classes or events, potentially causing increased tardiness. As students arrive late, it creates increased congestion in the already brimming parking lots.

Tardiness in itself causes more distraction in the classroom as late arrivals interrupt lectures by shuffling through books and notes while the instructor is speaking.

The confusion created by the additional five minutes hardly seems worth the extra instructional time, which does not even add up to four hours over the course of the semester.

The added time was government mandated but adding five minutes to each class was not the only option available to Kirkwood Community College. An additional week of instruction would also have added the required time to the semester.

When presented with a choice between unusual class times and adding a week to the semester, the longer class times may seem like the more appealing option.

However, adding a week to the semester with classes that start and end in consistent, easy to remember times seems a worthwhile option to consider. Perhaps, in light of the confusion and added created this semester, Kirkwood's administration could open up the decision to the faculty and student body to allow a choice between the options.


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