Classrooms at Georgia colleges, universities in use only 25 percent of time, study shows

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The state entity with the largest number of buildings uses them an average of 25 percent of the workweek, leaving them empty the rest of the time, a new study shows.

The University System of Georgia studied the issue itself at all 31 of the state’s public colleges and universities and found it could be more efficient.

“We think we need to do some improvement. We need to work with some institutions, quite frankly,” said University Chancellor Hank Huckaby in an interview Friday.

Much of the reason is most classes are offered Monday through Thursday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. As a result, changes in scheduling will be critical in optimizing space.

“I think folks will be taking more Friday classes, and early in the morning and late in the evening,” said Tom Jackson, University of Georgia vice president for public affairs.

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