Common Schedule

Common Schedule

Starting fall 2016, Penn State University will be implementing a Common Schedule across the commonwealth.

Penn State New Kensington students should see several benefits from this change, including:

  • Course times (begin/end) will now be the same across all locations.  This standardization will enable students to attend courses distributed by another Penn State campus without the added complication of that campus using a different schedule. 
  • Fewer course conflicts during peak times (11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) because the common schedule requires that courses be more evenly distributed throughout the day.
  • Time between courses will increase from 10 to 15 minutes, allowing everyone a few extra minutes to get from Point A to Point B.

See below for the regular and delay versions of the daily course schedules, effective Fall 2016.


Penn State New Kensington Daily Class Schedule (starting Fall 2016)
 Course Days of the Week  Normal Course Time  2 Hour Delay Course Time
  Monday, Wednesday, Friday  8:00 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.  10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
  Monday, Wednesday, Friday  9:05 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.  10:50 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.
   Monday, Wednesday, Friday  10:10 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  11:40 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.
   Monday, Wednesday, Friday  11:15 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.  12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
   --Common Hour--
   Monday, Wednesday, Friday
--Common Hour--
12:20 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.
 --Common Hour--
1:20 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
   Monday, Wednesday, Friday  1:25 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.  1:50 p.m. - 2:35 p.m.
   Monday, Wednesday, Friday  2:30 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.  2:40 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.
   Monday, Wednesday, Friday  3:35 p.m. - 4:25 p.m.  3:30 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.
   Monday, Wednesday, Friday  4:40 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  4:20 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.
   Monday, Wednesday, Friday  6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.  6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
   Monday, Wednesday, Friday  7:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.  7:20 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
   Monday and Wednesday  8:00 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.  10:00 a.m. - 11:35 a.m.
   Monday and Wednesday  2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.  2:40 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
   Monday and Wednesday  4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.  3:30 p.m. - 4:35 p.m.
  Tuesday and Thursday  8:00 a.m. - 8:55 a.m.  10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
  Tuesday and Thursday  9:05 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.  10:50 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.
  Tuesday and Thursday  10:35 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.  12:00 p.m. - 1:05 p.m.
 --Common Hour--
  Tuesday and Thursday
 --Common Hour--
12:05 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.
 --Common Hour--
1:10 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
  Tuesday and Thursday  1:35 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.  2:20 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.
  Tuesday and Thursday  3:05 p.m. - 4:20 p.m.  3:30 p.m. - 4:35 p.m.
  Tuesday and Thursday  4:35 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.  4:40 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.
  Tuesday and Thursday  6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.  6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
  Tuesday and Thursday  7:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.  7:30 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.

Please note: If your class meeting period is not listed on this course schedule, then please contact your instructor to learn when your class will meet in case of a weather delay.


Questions and Answers about the Common Schedule

Here are answers to some of the commonly asked questions about this new University-wide schedule, written by students in the Penn State New Kensington COMM370 course.

Who decided that Penn State needed a common schedule and how was this decision reached?

The Office of Undergraduate Education at University Park made the decision to create a common schedule for all the Penn State campuses. The Administrative Council of Undergraduate Education (ACUE) started with a study three years ago, which took into account scheduling conflicts and time to degree completion. This study, which began in 2011, was called the Instructional Space Task Force Report. The data was gathered through various methods, including town hall meetings at multiple campuses, meetings with constituent groups of students, and meetings with staff such as campus registrars. This report was then given to a committee. The committee used the information in the report to create a sample schedule. It was heavily revised to two options, one of which was chosen and adopted.


Why is a common schedule necessary?

The common schedule initiative was designed to address problems with scheduling conflicts and time to degree completion. With decentralized scheduling, students found that the courses they needed to schedule were offered in competing time slots, staff with scheduling responsibilities were often frustrated by demands that they could not meet unless they circumvented procedures, and some faculty had little flexibility over when they taught. This new common schedule allows uniformity across the university and eliminates the problems with decentralized scheduling. Additionally, it provides the opportunity for more shared courses, because it resolves previous time conflicts. The overall policy for creating course schedules states that a 45% maximum of all courses should be during “prime time”, or between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The common schedule brings all campuses into better compliance with this policy.


How will the common schedule benefit students at Penn State New Kensington?

The benefit for all students is that they will be able to complete their degree in a more timely manner. The common schedule also benefits students by ensuring the transparent, fair and efficient use and allocation of instructional space resources across colleges and campuses. For example, it allows for other campuses to take shared courses via video conferencing or other distance technologies.


Will the common schedule interfere with students' abilities to schedule their work hours?

The common schedule was designed to accommodate as many students as possible, so it should not impact their ability to schedule work hours. The changes to the schedule will require some adjustments, but nothing major that would require students to rearrange their work schedule.

An impact analysis conducted by Communications students at PSNK found that the new fall 2016 schedule would not significantly impact students’ ability to either meet degree requirements or coordinate class and work schedules.


What will be the process for addressing questions regarding the common schedule?

Students should consult first with their academic adviser to seek solutions if schedule conflicts arise.  If a problem persists, students can contact the Director of Academic Affairs, Dr. Andrea Adolph. Her office is located at 104 Administration Building - in the "loop," to the right of the Art Gallery.