In Support of Standardized Time Blocks at San Francisco State University

Resolution Number: RF16-356
November, 2016
Whereas: 
SF State students consistently report course availability as a major challenge that causes them to delay graduation or to leave San Francisco State without graduating; and
Whereas: 
In order to advance student academic progress and graduation, the university is committed to doing everything it can to offer a course schedule that students can navigate efficiently; and
Whereas: 
Classroom space on campus is severely limited; and
Whereas: 
the time blocks that are currently used in course scheduling are not consistent, creating enrollment conflicts and inefficient uses of limited space and time; and
Whereas: 
CS does not allow students to register for classes that overlap temporally, resulting in an inability to register for courses they need to progress in their degrees; and
Whereas: 
the Standard Time Block Task Force, convened by the Student Success and Graduation Initiative Task Force (SSGI) comprised of representatives from across the University concluded that uniform adoption of standardized time blocks could facilitate graduation; be it therefore
Resolved: 
That the Academic Senate of San Francisco State University recommend the University move toward the adoption of standardized time blocks for scheduling classes in all academic spaces; and be it further
Resolved: 
that the Academic Policies Committee of the Academic Senate be charged with examining the available data on course scheduling and work with campus constituents to develop policies on starting times, course scheduling, utilization of classroom space and revision of current time blocks.