I agree with Frothy — much of the problem is with faculty who want a two day schedule. I spread mine out M-R, but it is nice to have Fridays to go to archives in the region and/or conferences. Students often don’t show up on Fridays anyway, in my experience anyway.]]>
I agree with your last paragraph, and would go even further: Many students try to get the twice-a-week schedule, and then fill up their time around it, which then becomes the reason for a twice-a-week schedule! Not the best.]]>
I have no strong preference either way, but the tendency occurs as a double-edged sword in my little world. On the one hand, I wound up with a M-F schedule in the coming fall: the odds that a 400-level course for majors scheduled at any time other than late TTh afternoon would actually make were against me,
so I bit that particular bullet for the sake of salesmanship. At the same time, however, an introductory course I teach on MWF is capped at 35 students, but scarcely 20 enrolled in my section. They filled the twice-a-week options to capacity instead.
I sympathize with those students whose commitments prompt them to seek out accommodating schedules, but I believe that most inclined to the twice-a-week pattern don’t have a particularly pressing need for it. I question the wisdom of reinventing the wheel if the students who genuinely need the change may not actually benefit from it.]]>