Block Scheduling

What is Block Scheduling?

Block Course Scheduling is the process whereby incoming students are assigned their first-term course schedule rather than allowing the students to self-schedule.  Primarily, Block Course Scheduling is a tactic to improve student retention and graduation.

The data indicate that first-time students who self-register will consistently “under-enroll units” in their first term schedules.  By under-loading, students unknowingly increase their time-to-degree and increase the likelihood that they will not graduate (see sidebar).  For the upcoming Fall semester 52%, will likely begin their careers behind schedule by enrolling in fewer than 15 units.

What are the Impacts on the General Education Program?

Course Block Scheduling positive outcomes are the following:

  • Higher student retention and graduation rates
  • Predictability of courses offerings for departments participating in General Education
  • Better matching of student preparation to development and scaffolded courses
  • A fairer distribution of FTES across departments participating in General Education