UNCC plans more Friday classes; students not happy with move

UNCC plans more Friday classes; students not happy with move

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by KATIE KILLEN / NBC Charlotte Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on February 5, 2013 at 7:13 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 9:14 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Fridays will look a little different at the UNCC campus this fall. 

The university plans on having more Friday classes.  In the last couple of years, the university has had fewer classes on Fridays, and a recent study showed that it's actually hurting campus growth. 

That study looked at classroom scheduling and usage. 

"We weren't using space as efficiently as we could be because Friday had turned in to a much lighter class day," said Dr. Lee Gray, Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Architecture. 

However, many of the students NBC Charlotte spoke with said, even though they weren't in the classroom on Fridays, they were still hard at work. 

"I work, I have a job go to.  I work Friday, Saturday, Sunday," said freshman Mathew Draine. 

Sophomore Hillary Sigmon agreed. 

She said Friday is "an extra day, just to study, you know just to get everything together." 

Despite having that extra day, Gray said many classes Monday through Thursday were filling up and crowded. 

Adding classes on Friday could ease that problem.  The additional day could also make scheduling easier. 

"Considering a lot of our students work, they need a lot of flexibility in setting their schedules and so they get great flexibility scattered throughout the week," said Gray. 

Friday classes could also make for a more vibrant social scene on the weekends, if students decided to spend time on campus after class, and that's something that's appealing to students.  Matt Draine lives on campus.  

"That's one of the downsides, well probably the only downside is it's pretty dead, so [Friday classes would] be good in that aspect," he said. 

The campus will begin scheduling more Friday classes in the Fall of 2013.

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