Please click on "Add Comment" at the bottom left of this page to discuss the concept and formulation of a Campus-wide "Common Hour. The College Senate is currently looking for discussion, comment, ideas and scope for the proposed common hour. For example, what would the campus like to see the common hour used for - in a perfect world, what would the common hour look like? On the other side of the equation, what do we NOT want it to be?
To follow is some wording prepared by Penny to reflect what was discussed in Senate. (many thanks, Penny!)
"The Senate was asked to field the idea of a Campus Common Hour amongst our faculty and staff colleagues in order to gauge interest and measure responses. Though the responses we received were mostly positive, many individuals noted some conscientious and noteworthy concerns that merit further consideration.
A common hour is a mechanism used by many universities and colleges to better ensure that students and the rest of the campus community can attend special events or guest speaker engagements, if they wish. This is done by setting aside an hour, usually once a week, during which no classes are scheduled; thereby allowing those scheduling special events an opportunity to do so at a time within which there is a reasonable expectation that all those who wish to attend may.
However, as was noted by some members of our own campus community when informally surveyed, a common hour can only result in the above mentioned desirable ends if managed correctly. In an attempt to consider how to best move forward on this issue, the Senate forwards the following concerns and suggestions which we feel should be reviewed with respect to the possible establishment of a Delhi Campus Common Hour:
- Several of our colleagues commented that any common hour system should avoid as much as possible, the inclusion of mandatory common hour events. This is a case in point; too many mandatory events may serve to hijack the whole aim of a common hour. As an English Professor from BowdoinCollege noted in a speech made during common hour in 2000, common hour should not be about "everyone listening to one speech" but should be "opened up to diversity" and "democratized."
- Others commented that the common hour needs to be chosen very carefully in order to avoid making the already very long schedules in some faculty departments even longer.
- It was also noted that there should be an attempt to avoid scheduling Division meetings or Staff meetings during the common hour; again something that should be deemed a priority in order to truly ensure the spirit of a common hour.
- Lastly, some concerns were raised with respect to how the common hour will be properly chosen, monitored, and promoted to the campus on a day to day basis. It was suggested that maybe a confluence calendar page needs to be set up and administered for this purpose."
The results of the Campus-wide survey conducted by the College Senate
Faculty/Staff Common Hour Opinionnaire - Should SUNY Delhi establish a common hour?
Response Percent Count
YES--pursue a common hour 63.7% 79
NO--do not pursue a common hour 36.3% 45
answered question 124 skipped question 0
Additional comments (please specify) 27
1 This is not the type of common hour we need...we need one for faculty and staff to meet amongst themselves like in department meetings! Dec 11, 2009 8:18 PM
2 Make it half for meetings and half for events, that should help everyone out. Dec 11, 2009 8:29 PM
3 We are able to meet at ample times after 4 pm. Dec 11, 2009 8:30 PM
4 This has been needed for a long time as we use to have it. Dec 11, 2009 8:42 PM
5 You must remember that online faculty will need to be included in this somehow. Dec 11, 2009 8:47 PM
6 I think this could be used to help students who's schedules may prohibit them from meeting with faculty or to take care of personal business that needs to be done during regular business hours. Dec 11, 2009 9:26 PM
7 This is a qualified yes...If a common hour excludes certain faculty and staff from attending events, I take it back. Dec 11, 2009 9:41 PM
8 we have had common hours in the past and they have always excluded some. If some wizard can work out a common hour that will not exclude or seriously discommode some I am all for it. Dec 11, 2009 9:41 PM
9 Time must be considerate of scheduling required courses, including lab hours Dec 11, 2009 10:22 PM
10 This common hour idea is a great one. It would provide the campus with an opportunity to have a common meeting time, along with a time for cultural and artistic events, including guest speakers. Dec 11, 2009 11:37 PM
11 We desperately need a common hour so that our Division and "department" can meet. Dec 12, 2009 1:40 AM
12 arch students/faculty are not free till 6pm on M W & F Dec 13, 2009 3:00 AM
13 As long as it doesn't make putting the academic semester schedule together a total nightmare. Dec 13, 2009 2:26 PM
14 It should help nurture community spirits. Dec 13, 2009 4:31 PM
15 It is a great and inclusive way to promote cultural diversity and venues on the campus and increase participation in the great events we already have. Dec 13, 2009 5:08 PM
16 Too few faculty to support the number of hours to teach, we need the whole week. Dec 14, 2009 1:00 PM
17 Would end up being Friday at 4 or in the evening Dec 14, 2009 2:35 PM
18 It will overfill with conflicting activities. It is not a panacea for the raised issues. Dec 14, 2009 2:43 PM
19 I've heard some colleges do not hold class on Wednesdays to allow for this kind of thing as well as club meetings, study sessions etc. Dec 14, 2009 2:55 PM
20 I am not against a common hour BUT In theory, the common hour we once had was nice, but in reality it didn't work because that is the ONLY TIME EVERYONE (COMMITTEES, ACTIVITIES, ETC.) set up their meetings/events. Which meantthose who are on more than one committee or who are active on campus, couldonly attend one thing anyway. Which defeated the purpose of the common hour. It would conceivably be more difficult now since we have more adjuncts teaching classes, too.Dec 14, 2009 3:34 PM
21 would go a long way to establishing better communication among admin and all departments. a great oppportunity! Dec 14, 2009 3:39 PM
22 This is something we really need. Dec 14, 2009 3:48 PM
23 but specify that one week per month will be dedicated to divisions, one to collegewide committees, etc. Dec 14, 2009 4:45 PM
24 Then all committees and units will try to schedule "their thing" during that window of thime and we'll have an even greater logjam. Plus, what would this do to scheduiling labs and lectures that have been traditionally scheduled during this time frame. With the budget so tight and with the limited number of high demand sections for certain course I feel this would create even more scheduling issues by pushing those other courses into a smaller window of time creating even less flexibility for committees, dept metgs etc. Dec 14, 2009 8:38 PM
25 It only makes sense. Dec 15, 2009 2:24 PM
26 once a month or every other month rather than once a week Dec 16, 2009 2:45 PM
27 What will impact be on M/W/F vs. Tu/Th class schedules? Dec 17, 2009 4:33 PM