The Associate Provost for Academic Support and Classroom Management has ultimate responsibility for these areas. This office will be responsible for coordinating, monitoring, refining, and implementing our classroom policy. Advice about technology standards will be provided by standing committees that work through ITS. It will be up to each dean to determine the extent to which faculty involvement within each school is necessary or desirable.
The process of centralized scheduling began in the spring of 1996. The task has been approached incrementally and school-by-school rather than by the wholesale adoption of a comprehensive schedule.
The Classroom Utilization Report prepared by outside consultants concluded that the University has too many classrooms and that much of our classroom stock is the wrong size (e.g., too many 26-50 person classrooms and too few 1-25 person classrooms). The consultants recommended a reduction in available classroom space of 22,000 square feet. As currently planned new dormitory space is completed, classrooms on central grounds will be withdrawn from service that matches in size the classrooms being built into the new dormitories. Whenever renovations or additions create new classrooms, others will be withdrawn so that planned downsizing of classroom stock will not be adversely effected.
Classroom space is often used for events other than organized credit-bearing classes. Each school has been trained on the Events Scheduling System to accurately track and assign all usage of classroom space. We need to ensure that bookings done at the school or departmental level do not conflict with the central scheduling done in the Office of the University Registrar.
The Associate Provost for Academic Support and Classroom Management recommends the adoption of other policies as we gain more experience in centralized classroom management. Please contact the Associate Provost in Booker House (924-3728, firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions or comments about any of these matters.
The policies on use of electronic classrooms, maintained by ITS, is posted at: http://its.virginia.edu/labs/classroomPolicy.php.