The Class Scheduling Project concluded in 2010, resulting in centrally coordinated class and room scheduling across the University. In the spring and summer of 2013 the McGill University Class Scheduling Procedures, informed by guiding principles, were developed by a Class Scheduling advisory committee lead by the Deputy Provost of Student Life and Learning, comprising academic chairs, associate deans, heads of advising, and administrative experts. The Class Scheduling Procedures were approved by the Provost and endorsed by the Deans in August 2013.
Class Scheduling Principles:
1. Optimization of students’ academic experiences: The class schedule is one important means by which students’ academic experiences should be optimized, including ensuring that courses required for graduation are available and accessible.
2. Pedagogy as a driver: The class schedule should be designed to meet the pedagogical needs of courses and programs, which vary across disciplines.
3. University ownership of instructional space: Instructional space is a valuable resource that belongs to the University as a whole and will be allocated and shared to support the broader teaching and learning needs of students as well as other University activities.
4. Academic stewardship of instructional space: The Provost is the steward of instructional space and is responsible for ensuring that this space supports the academic needs of the University.
5. Fairness and equity: Instructional space and time will be allocated in such a way as to achieve fair and equitable distribution across disciplines.
6. Transparency and collaboration: Units will work together in a collaborative and transparent manner in order to optimize the class schedule.