It was announced by The University Record on Monday that the University of Michigan will be altering its policy on the concept of Michigan Time, which allows students to arrive to class "on time" up until ten minutes after the scheduled start time of the class.
Effective May 1, 2018, the tradition of Michigan Time will officially be removed from university scheduling procedures, changing to a class schedule that operates on clock time, where class expectations are to arrive to class precisely at the scheduled start time. From observing higher education institutions like University of Michigan, there's been concern in how students are able to move from class to class in time, especially for situations where classes are back to back. I've observed how students have repeatedly needed to rush across campuses to get to their classes in time, within a short time frame. This has caused great stress for some students, who would much rather prefer to have classes spaced out in a way that they can calmly arrive to their next class.
Do you feel that the current approaches to scheduling classes in Michigan college institutions have been effective? Is there a better method to scheduling classes in a way that would better support students' mental health or provide more time for students to transition between classes that are spread far apart across college campuses in Michigan? Do you think class scheduling is a trivial issue in a student's college experience or is it enough of an issue to be concerned about students' physical and mental health? (i.e. Implications of physical health: I've had many experiences where I've had to run across campus for back-to-back classes in bad Michigan weather conditions like snow and ice)