Rutgers students experience a variety of learning environments--New Jersey's coastal ecosystems; theaters in New York; the neighborhoods of New Brunswick; and many more around the globe. Wherever students roam, though, they also spend a lot of time in a classroom, study space, or lab on campus. By looking at scheduling and space holistically, we seek to enhance the student experience by promoting learning and development through interaction with inspiring ideas and places. By working diligently with faculty and staff, we strive to remote the hurdles to teaching.
Scheduling Classrooms and Providing Space Analysis
Our job is to ensure these classrooms meet the needs of the modern university, from upgraded technology to alternative room designs that support innovation in teaching and learning. We also are responsible for class scheduling, which we do in partnership with more than 100 academic departments and programs. Our overarching goals are to get students in the best possible learning environments, to ensure they get the courses they want and need to take, and to reduce the amount of travel needed to do all that. We also schedule student group and other events into our classrooms.
We work with various partners to analyze, survey, and report on more than 15 million gross square feet of Rutgers-New Brunswick space. We promote effective and efficient space utilization in support of the missions of schools and units, the University strategic plan, and Rutgers 2030, the University’s Physical Master Plan.
Resources for Studying, Teaching, and Student Collaboration
In order to promote a university-wide ecosystem for learning, we provide students with information on resources and social connections to facilitate studying, research, and creative and entrepreneurial activity that is often linked to--but occurs outside of--classrooms and courses. We also connect faculty and instructors with resources for designing new courses and transforming existing ones, and point them to the spaces and tools that students can utilize to complete class projects.
Scheduling and Space Management: A Powerful Partnership
Our scheduling function and space management function are mutually reinforcing in several key ways, forming a partnership in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. For example, the relationships that we form in the process of scheduling all university courses are invaluable in helping us to remain up to date on university space changes. Meanwhile, our space planning analysts provide a special reporting focus on the utilization of the classroom inventory.
We work with an array of other units in fulfilling our mission. We collaborate with Digital Classroom Services on classroom technology design, the Office of Disability Services on making classroom and campus accessibility even better than required by law, and the Rutgers Learning Centers on providing resources for courses and studying, so that what happens during class time and outside of it form a more seamless experience. Other key partners include Public Safety, Enrollment Management, and Planning, Development and Design.