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Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Message 2/22/12

Class Scheduling Policy

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce a new policy, endorsed by all of the deans of colleges with undergraduate programs, that will help students register for the classes they need to progress expeditiously toward graduation. Specifically, the new Class Scheduling Policy requires that all courses offered at UIC adhere to a scheduling "grid," that is, that they begin and end at standard times. This requirement is referred to here as "staying on-grid."

Staying on-grid serves two key purposes: It allows the university to maximize classroom use by scheduling courses at standard times throughout the day, and it gives students maximal registration options, making it easier for them to create schedules, get needed classes, and therefore graduate sooner. On-grid scheduling also eliminates final exam time and space conflicts.

The majority of classes are already on grid, although any exception is potentially disruptive across the grid, thus necessitating this policy. Certainly there are instances when scheduling on grid is not practicable, and the policy does provide for exceptions. A complete description and rationale for the policy may be found here.


Lon S. Kaufman
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost