The success of a university of the highest grade is affirmed through the stewardship of classroom and academic spaces. In order for Rice University to fulfill its mission, the Office of the Registrar pursues the optimum use of our classroom resources.
Increased demand for classrooms, changes to teaching methods, faculty preferences, and conversations with faculty and department administrators have resulted in changes to Rice's Standard Time Blocks effective beginning for the Spring 2017 schedule. Additional information on this change was provided in a memo to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee, Academic School Deans, and Department Chairs and Coordinators.
Priority classroom assignment is awarded to classes which meet in Standard Time Blocks.
Example: A room request is made for a class to convene 11:00 - 11:50 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. This class meets in Time Block 03, so the room request will receive priority classroom assignment.
A class which does not meet in a Standard Time Block will not be scheduled to occur during Prime Time. (This class will neither start nor end during Prime Time.)
Example: A room request is made for a class to convene 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. on Monday and Wednesday. This meeting pattern does not correspond to one of the Standard Time Blocks, and the department has planned for the class to meet during Prime Time. The request for the class to convene in a non-standard meeting pattern will be submitted for approval to the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs. If the non-standard meeting pattern is approved, the class will be assigned a classroom if space is available after rooms have been assigned for all Standard Time Block classes.
Per the Space Task Force (2013), no more than two-thirds of a scheduling unit's offerings may be in Prime Time. This includes all sections scheduled, sections scheduled only on Monday/Wednesday/Friday, and sections schedule on Tuesday/Thursday. This policy is enforced on the initial submission of the schedule and on any individual changes to sections after the initial submission.
The rule is calculated by first finding the course sections that will count toward the calculation:
A section is considered being in Prime Time if any part of the section's meeting times touch a Prime Time time slot.
After the section population is created, the following calculations are made to determine compliance. All three of these must be below 67% to be in compliance.
If you are a scheduler in CLSS, you can view the courses that are being used in the Two-Thirds Prime Time calculation by using the Filter. The directions for this are available here.