LCC seeks ways to improve parking
By Haneen Hammad
In an effort to work on student success, Lansing Community College is adjusting class scheduling beginning in fall of 2018 to provide students with better access to parking.
The issue and change in scheduling was discussed during a recent all-employee charge-up event.
According to LCC Provost Elaine Pogoncheff, more classes will be moved from the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday peak times on the downtown campus to alternate days, times and campuses.
This would include moving sections to late afternoon and evening time slots, as well as Fridays, when more parking would be available.
“Our students are paying for parking through the Student Support fee, so it is important we make every effort to ensure parking is available to them,” Pogoncheff said in an LCC employee newsletter.
In a satisfaction survey, in which the college asked students to tell them what aids their success, one important factor mentioned was parking.
According to LCC, on the most recent satisfaction survey, 82 percent of students said adequate student parking spaces on campus is important.
Only 28 percent of students were currently satisfied with parking.
Kylie Roger, an employee and student at LCC, said she doesn’t believe moving around sections will be enough to solve the parking dilemma.
“Moving around classes won’t help with parking,” Rogers said. “I have to park in Lot S3 every day and it takes me about 15 minutes to get to class. It gets in the way of my learning.
“First, I think state employees should not be able to park on LCC’s parking lots and ramps. The money that we spend on tuition should be used to build another ramp or add a level to the Gannon ramp.”
Dayona Jeggings, an employee and student, agreed.
“We saw an increase in LCC tuition last year without a reasoning behind it,” Jeggings said “That extra money should be used to build more parking lots.”
Abir Jeilani, a student at LCC, said the parking issue varies depending on class schedules.
“I always seem to find parking, but it depends on what time you get here,” Jeilani said. “If you schedule your classes at 8 a.m., you won’t find trouble finding parking. It only becomes an issue when students try to sign up for classes that start at 10 a.m. Then you won’t find parking.”
LCC officials are asking students and faculty to take the change into consideration as they create schedules for fall 2018 and spring 2019.
For more information or questions contact Pogoncheff at (517) 483-1156 or any associate dean.