November 17, 2014—UD should institute an `off-peak’ tuition program, discounted by about 20%, for students who take courses after 5 PM on weekdays and/or on weekends, when relatively few classrooms are being used. Some regular faculty who don’t have families actually prefer teaching in the evenings or on weekends, and it should be easy to hire graduate students and/or Supplemental Instructors to teach courses at such times. Such a program would relieve pressure on classroom space at peak times and would also serve the needs of local people who have full-time jobs 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday. This should make a good impression on the Delaware legislature, and would also enable a ready retort to any parents or students who complain about modest tuition increases of a few percent: “Do you know about our discounted tuition program?”. If the program is so popular that it frees up substantial amounts of classroom space between 8 AM and 5 PM on weekdays, more tuition-paying students from out-of-state who are likely to be successful here can be admitted.
John D. Morgan, Physics & Astronomy