Undergraduates will have only one week to shop for courses next year instead of the current two weeks, the Provost's office announced yesterday.
The decision came at Tuesday's full Faculty meeting, despite a recommendation from the Student Council that the change not be made. October 3 will now be the last day on which sophomores, juniors, and seniors can change a course next fall without liability for a $10 fine. The date was originally to be October 10.
Freshmen will have two weeks to decide under the new plan rather than the present three.
The main motivation for the new policy, it was explained, was the disorganization caused in large courses by the two week period of flux.
Delays Start of Work
Teachers in some of these large lectures felt they could not really start their work until the third week, since sectioning and hour exams are delayed because of student course-shifting. These teachers thought also that the undergraduates don't really need two weeks in which to choose.
On Monday, the Student Council unanimously voted against the measure and relayed the resolution to Dean Bender to be presented the Faculty.
The council's opposition was based on the fact that cutting the time below two weeks would interfere with freedom of choice. Any administrative trouble is justified, it thought, to give the undergraduate opportunity to pick his choices carefully.