Optimal utilization of classroom space and course offerings at Milwaukee Area Technical College South Campus
Lechmaier, Catherine A.
University of Wisconsin--Stout
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The purpose of this study was to analyze the scheduling of afternoon courses at the Milwaukee Area Technical College South Campus. It was also to help assist in planning optimal space utilization for both classroom and course scheduling. This research project covered interviews with scheduling associate deans, analyzing course cancellation reports for the afternoon sessions and a student survey indicating their preferences in scheduling classes. Results of this study showed no problems with assigning faculty to afternoon classes. The course cancellation reports displayed a twenty five percent cancellation rate for afternoon classes, which the scheduling associate deans found within normal range. The student survey pointed out students preferred attending classes three days a week with courses 1 ½ hours long and offered twice a week. They desired Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for class scheduling and a substantial number would like to take alternative delivery courses and would be available to take classes from 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. The courses that were suggested by the students were core program classes and recommendations were made that the configuration of the classrooms be designed for multipurpose instruction.