Classroom Quality Standards
Established August 1997; Last modified October 1, 2000
October 6, 1995
Classroom teaching and learning are important components of North Carolina State University's mission. Therefore providing an environment conducive to educational exchanges is a primary responsibility of many units at North Carolina State University. While education occurs in a variety of locations on campus, special attention is directed to the many traditional lecture classrooms. At this time, an estimated 75% of all credit instruction occurs within the 244 centrally administered ("110" classified) classrooms designated for conventional instructional activity.
All members of the University Community should be assured of a minimum standard of quality classrooms to facilitate a stimulating educational environment. It has always been North Carolina State University's ambition to provide the best classrooms possible.
To this end the Classroom Environment Committee recommends the following as minimum standards for all classrooms. While all classrooms should meet these standards, centrally allocated classroom improvement funds are directed at ensuring these standards in centrally administered ("110") classrooms. Whenever classrooms fall below these stated minimum standards, students and instructors should report these deficiencies to the classroom hotline, so that any shortcomings can be alleviated as soon as resources are available.
1. Cleanliness - Each classroom shall be kept clean. Collection of waste and cleaning of windows, floors, etc. will be on currently established University schedules. Every effort shall be made to restore classrooms each day prior to classes; the rooms, chalkboards and dry erase white board will be cleaned daily and chalk or markers will be replenished. The classrooms will be examined each academic year for general condition and correction of problems.
2. Seating - A variety of appropriate student stations shall be provided across campus to satisfy different instructional needs. Classrooms with fixed seating and tablet-style writing surfaces shall have at least 10% left-handed stations placed in a variety of locations throughout the classroom. Movable tablet arm chairs with a writing surface of at least 14" x 20" satisfy the requirements for both right and left-handed students. Every classroom shall have at least one mobility-impaired accessible station, with one accessible station for every 50 stations in larger classrooms. In addition, instructional work stations appropriate for mobility impaired instructors shall be provided throughout campus.
3. Visibility/Lighting - Each student station shall have a clear, unobstructed view of instructional space. Instructional space is defined as all space which instructors use for teaching, and where audio-visual presentations are viewed. An adequate level of light shall be maintained. Since each classroom environment differs, the minimum standard for light will vary, but for the purpose of these Classroom Quality Standards, lighting shall be 80 foot candles as measured at the work surface of any student or instructor's station.
4. Chalkboard - Each classroom shall have an acceptable chalkboard or dry erase board. The condition of chalkboards and dry erase boards will be reviewed each academic year.
5. Audio Visual Equipment - An overhead projector, projection screen, and appropriate window coverings shall be provided for each classroom.
6. Communications Outlet - Each classroom will be equipped with a minimum of one communications outlet to provide access to telephone service, data communications, and video services.
7. Audibility - Each student shall be assured of an adequate environment in which to hear presented material. Any on-going noises reported shall be eliminated as soon as possible. All large (greater than 100 seat) classrooms that are used to capacity (greater than 50% occupancy) will have a sound system.
8. Physical Environment - Each classroom shall provide a satisfactory environmental comfort level for students and instructors, in conformity with currently established University temperature standards, and energy conservation measures. Adequate air changes, intake and maintenance practices in accordance with currently established University air handling standards will be followed to maintain a healthy classroom environment.
9. Classroom Hotline - Since the number of individuals affected by a classroom in disrepair is significant, a hotline has been established to meet basic classroom quality standards and to permit action on quality requests, as a priority as soon as resources are available. The hotline telephone number is posted in all 110 classrooms. The operator may be reached at (919)515-1555, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.