Release Date: Jan. 20, 2009
ASU Class, Lab Utilization Shows Significant Increase in 2008
Fall 2008 statistics from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) show that Angelo State University’s classroom and laboratory utilization rankings have improved 27 places over the previous fall in comparison to the state’s 34 other four-year public institutions.
For 2008 ASU’s laboratory utilization ranked 10th in the state, compared to 31st in 2007, while classroom utilization improved from 32nd in 2007 to 26th in 2008.
Greg Pecina, executive director of business services for ASU, said the improvement was the result of a truly campus-wide effort to make most effective use of available classroom and laboratory space through greater scheduling coordination and implementation of Coordinating Board guidelines for classroom and laboratory usage.
In addition to ASU’s academic deans and department heads, Pecina recognized the work of Jessica A. Manning, assistant director for special events, and Mark I. Polunsky, central receiving supervisor, for their assistance during the THECB facilities audit in the fall.
“This was a total team effort,” Pecina said, “and the results provide a very positive reflection on the commitment of ASU staff to making the best use of all our resources for the benefit of our students.
ASU President Joseph C. Rallo said the staff work shows how ASU can improve its standing among state institutions without any additional financial requirements. Additionally, the improved rankings come at a critical time for the university with the start of a new legislative session.
“The utilization statistics, particularly for our laboratories,” Rallo said, “will help provide support for our request for a new building for our College of Nursing and Allied Health. As this building is our top priority for the 2009 legislative session, the fine work of our staff stands to help produce major results for the university.”
ASU’s lab utilization increased from 16.17 hours per week in 2007 to 28.83 in 2008. Regular classroom usage increased from 24.43 hours per week in 2007 to 29.08 hours a week in 2008.