University of Georgia, other universities show low classroom utilization rate

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

A two-year study by the University System of Georgia shows classrooms are empty during most of the week.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/Zmx2x4 ) that of the 440 classrooms at the University of Georgia, the average is used just 18.5 hours per 40-hour work week. When the classrooms are used, just two-thirds of the seats are full. That is a 31 percent utilization rate.

At most schools, the results show capacity for additional courses and for some bigger classes, though higher education leaders say there are many factors to consider when analyzing the numbers.

Georgia Regents University's Summerville campus has 73 rooms. They average 27.2 hours per 40-hour work week of use, and they're usually half empty even when being used. That amounts to a 37 percent utilization rate, according to the study.

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