This means that students may have to reschedule their arrival in the early morning even if their classes are in the afternoon session just to get a better parking spot!!
Further, parking space provided for faculty members is 3-4 decks high and lies partially unoccupied due to its better parking space Vs vehicles ratio. And if students use these slots during rush hour, they are penalized through issue of tickets or towing away of vehicles even if these slots were vacant.
Some students prefer to park their vehicles in the off-campus parking slots like Starbucks when their classes are closer to such parking lots than student's parking area. Unfortunately, students having classes at West campus or the forum area cannot do this! Similarly, some faculties like business have their classes closer to Beaver stadium, but is it possible for all university students to change over to business faculty simply to avail of this advantage! This is an unnecessary benefit for some students which also needs to be streamlined.
This acute problem of parking facility for the students often creates unnecessary anxiety in terms of finding a parking slot at the last moment, lack of parking slot during the rush hour, waiting for a bus/walking down all the way and delays on such accords leading to students being penalized for coming late, feeling of a bias among students due to underutilized parking slots for faculty members and lack of interest by the university authorities to resolve the matter. This paper aims to suggest workable solutions to the problem and thereby help them stay motivated and happier while pursuing their studies at the university.
With a view to finding out whether this problem is unique to this author or the case is same with all faculty members, the undersigned conducted a basic survey of 200 students on this subject. The common view was that there exists an unreasonable and acute parking problem for the students of this university which needs to be resolved on due priority. The essence/terms of reference and outcome of the survey are appended below for a quick glance by one and all:
1. Do you think the university suffers from a parking problem
Ans. Yes - 145/200
2. Where do you park usually
Ans Campus - 130/200.
3. Would you like to park on campus
Ans. All 200 students responded with a big YES.
4. Which of the following areas is the best area for rebuilding a parking deck
a) Blue area b) Red area c) Yellow area d) Black area e) Green area
Ans. Black area - 70/200.
5. Which available parking deck is the most convenient one to convert
a) Park 1 b) Park 2 c) Park 3 d) Park 4
Ans. Park 2 - 80/200
6. If all solutions fail due to monetary issues and/or long term solutions, are you interested to help implement a point system
Ans. Yes 145/200
7. Are you interested in being part of a student organization that will proceed and help make results happen
Ans. Yes - 100/200.
BUILDING/CONVERTING A PARKING DECK FOR STUDENTS
As is evident from this survey, Black area and Park 2 parking deck seem to be popular and convenient choices for providing parking facilities for the students. However, the final decision as to where the parking deck should be provided is up to the committee in charge of making such decisions. While one deck can be constructed at Black area, it can be supplemented economically by converting one faculty deck for use by the