From my College’s academic administrators, in reference to course schedule planning for the next term:
There is a premium placed on courses offered between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. This makes finding suitable room accommodations difficult. Please try to widen your offerings.
Actually, there is not a premium placed on courses offered between 10 and 2, and that’s why finding suitable room accommodations is so difficult.
What if we had a faculty bidding system? Give every professor $X and let them bid for the classroom space/time they want. Winning bids get paid to the college, and whatever a faculty member retains when the bidding is done is theirs to keep. If the amount given to the professors is calibrated properly, the system costs the college very little.
But how would the College prevent collusion and non-compete deals? Monitoring faculty who talk to each other on a daily basis would be prohibitively expensive. Making bids anonymous wouldn’t help because the winners are necessarily revealed. Or are faculty too irrational and/or curmudgeonly to effectively exploit such a system? Obviously some disciplines would be more adept at figuring out ways to exploit the system than others.