Administration officials are receiving the ire of professors angry over the poor planning and implementation of next semester’s schedule of classes. Citing a large number of classes without assigned space days before the original registration period was supposed to begin, University officials asked department supervisors to schedule the “homeless classes” at irregular times. While necessary from the University’s perspective, these realities are both inconvenient for students and faculty and indicative of poor planning by GW.
In the last decade, the size of GW’s undergraduate population has exploded. Coupled with substantial construction and renovation in buildings previously used for classes, this growth in student population altered the relatively comfy schedule of classes students and faculty grew to expect. The decision to continue to grow the undergraduate population a time when class space is at its tightest due to construction gives administration detractors sufficient evidence to argue GW is run more like a corporation than an academic institution. Creating more 8 a.m. sections looks good on the drawing board, but in practice is detested by students and faculty alike.
There is little the University can do now to reduce the effect of the policies it enacted on present students. For the future, GW must cap the size of the incoming freshman class to a manageable figure, and plan future construction of academic buildings around this reality.