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I am having a problem where the table numbers overrun into the table captions in my list of tables for tables with longer numbers. I am using the attached nuthesis.cls file (based on amsbook.cls). I have tried using the tocloft package with no success. The suggestion in:

List of figures and list of tables overlaps figure/table indices with proceeding text when double figures are used

also does not work.

Below is a MWE - thanks in advance for the help! I would also like to eliminate the extra floating period after Appendix in the table of contents. Any suggestions?

    \documentclass[12pt]{nuthesis}  % The nuthesis class is based on
                    % amsbook.cls.

    %\renewcommand*\l@figure{\@dottedtocline{1}{1.5em}{3em}}% 3em instead of 2.3em

    \author{AUTHOR NAME}
    \field{FIELD}                  % Default: Mathematics
    \frontmatter        % Preliminary pages start here.
    \maketitle      % Produces the title page.
    \copyrightpage      % Creates the copyright page.
    \abstract       % Abstract.
        What you did
    \acknowledgements   % Acknowledgements (optional).
    \listoftables       % List of Tables and List of Figures will be placed
    \listoffigures      % here, if applicable (optional).

    \mainmatter             % Actual text starts here.

    \chapter{Chapter 1} 

    I would love my table names to not be written over by numbers.
    \begin{table}[htbp]\centering \footnotesize
      \caption[Summary Statistics]{Summary Statistics \label{sumstats_bondanalysis}}
           Name &    N \\
           XYZ & 5 \\\hline

    \chapter{Data Appendix}

The nuthesis.cls code is:

    %%% This is nuthesis.cls
    %%% for writing doctoral dissertations at the
    %%% Mathematics Department of Northwestern University; and
    %%% Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Northwestern University
    %%% Author: Miguel A. Lerma (mlerma@math.northwestern.edu)
    %%% Date:5/4/2005
    %%% Edited by: Debjit Sinha (debjitsinha@yahoo.com)
    %%% for NU Electronic dissertation requirements.
    %%% Date:4/15/2006
    %%% ====================================================================
    %% \CharacterTable
    %%  {Upper-case    \A\B\C\D\E\F\G\H\I\J\K\L\M\N\O\P\Q\R\S\T\U\V\W\X\Y\Z
    %%   Lower-case    \a\b\c\d\e\f\g\h\i\j\k\l\m\n\o\p\q\r\s\t\u\v\w\x\y\z
    %%   Digits        \0\1\2\3\4\5\6\7\8\9
    %%   Exclamation   \!     Double quote  \"     Hash (number) \#
    %%   Dollar        \$     Percent       \%     Ampersand     \&
    %%   Acute accent  \'     Left paren    \(     Right paren   \)
    %%   Asterisk      \*     Plus          \+     Comma         \,
    %%   Minus         \-     Point         \.     Solidus       \/
    %%   Colon         \:     Semicolon     \;     Less than     \<
    %%   Equals        \=     Greater than  \>     Question mark \?
    %%   Commercial at \@     Left bracket  \[     Backslash     \\
    %%   Right bracket \]     Circumflex    \^     Underscore    \_
    %%   Grave accent  \`     Left brace    \{     Vertical bar  \|
    %%   Right brace   \}     Tilde         \~}
    \NeedsTeXFormat{LaTeX2e}% LaTeX 2.09 can't be used (nor non-LaTeX)
    [1994/12/01]% LaTeX date must December 1994 or later
    \ProvidesClass{nuthesis}[2005/05/04 v1.6a by Miguel A. Lerma]


    %\RequirePackage{doublespace}       % MAL - 5/8/2001
    %\def\onehalfspace{\spacing{1.4}}   % MAL - 5/8/2001
    %\def\doublespace{\spacing{1.8}}    % MAL - 5/8/2001

    \RequirePackage{setspace}                        % MAL - 4/19/2003
    \renewcommand{\onehalfspacing}{\setstretch{1.4}} % MAL - 4/19/2003
    \renewcommand{\doublespacing}{\setstretch{1.8}}  % MAL - 4/19/2003

    % Page numbering should be at normal size
    % (amsbook.cls yields scriptsize) - MAL 6/17/2003
      \def\@oddfoot{\normalfont\normalsize \hfil\thepage\hfil}%

    % Another place where amsbook.cls yields scriptsize
    % (amsbook.cls yields scriptsize) - MAL 7/15/2003
        \normalfont\normalsize        % changed from scriptsize - MAL 7/15/2003
        \rlap{\thepage}\hfil \leftmark{}{}\hfil}%
        \normalfont\normalsize \hfil  % changed from scriptsize - MAL 7/15/2003
        \rightmark{}{}\hfil \llap{\thepage}}%

    \def\contentsname{Table of Contents}

      \@afterindenttrue \secdef\@chapter\@schapter}




    \renewcommand\thefigure {\thechapter.\arabic{figure}}
    \renewcommand\thetable {\thechapter.\arabic{table}}


    %% SECTION heading spacing and font
    % arguments are: #1 - sectiontype name
    % (for \@sect)   #2 - section level
    %                #3 - indent
    %                #4 - top separation
    %                #5 - tempskipa, bottom separation
    %                #6 - font control
    % if tempskipa <= 0 the heading is a run-in heading

      \z@{-3.25ex\@plus -1ex \@minus -.2ex}{1.5ex \@plus .2ex}%

      \let\thmhead\thmhead@plain \let\swappedhead\swappedhead@plain
      \let\thmhead\thmhead@plain \let\swappedhead\swappedhead@plain
      \let\thmhead\thmhead@plain \let\swappedhead\swappedhead@plain

    % This redefinition of the proof environment is obsolete - MAL 5/4/2005
    %\renewenvironment{proof}[1][\proofname]{\par \normalfont
    %  \topsep6\p@\@plus6\p@ \trivlist \itemindent\z@
    %  \item[\hskip\labelsep\bfseries
    %    #1\@addpunct{.}]\ignorespaces
    %  \qed\endtrivlist

    % Better just redefine the font for proofname
    % - suggested by Ezra Getzler 5/4/2005


    \def\@captionheadfont{\normalfont}  % \scshape in amsbook.cls

    \def\@title{Title of dissertation required}

    \def\d@gree{DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY}   % spelling corrected - MAL 3/8/2002
    \def\c@mpus{EVANSTON, ILLINOIS}

        June\or June\or June\or June\or June\or June\or December\or
        December\or December\or December\or December\or December\fi}


    \def\@date{\graduation@month \graduation@year}

    %  \pagenumbering{roman}
    %  \pagestyle{plain}
    %  \pagenumbering{arabic}
    %  \pagestyle{myheadings}


      \ \\
    \copyright \ Copyright by \authors{} \graduation@year \\
    All Rights Reserved

      \@topnum\z@ % this prevents figures from falling at the top of page 1
    {\large \@title}\par
    for the degree\par
    Field of \fi@ld\par
    Author's name required\par
    \graduation@month{} \graduation@year{}

    \def\abstractname{ABSTRACT} % capitalized - MAL 5/3/2002


    % Taken from amsbook.cls and modified.
    % The references must use normal size font,
    % and be single spaced with double space
    % between items.
    %  \normalfont\footnotesize            % commented out (MAL-5/4/2001)
      \labelsep .5em\relax
        \settowidth\itemsep\@mainsize      % MAL - 5/9/2001
    %    \singlespace                       % MAL - 5/9/2001
        \leftmargin\labelwidth \advance\leftmargin\labelsep
      \sloppy \clubpenalty\@M \widowpenalty\clubpenalty
      \def\@noitemerr{\@latex@warning{Empty `thebibliography' environment}}%
    %  \endsinglespace                      % MAL - 5/9/2001

      \c@chapter\z@ \c@section\z@

      \c@chapter\z@ \c@section\z@


    %% End of file `nuthesis.cls'.
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up vote 2 down vote accepted

The version of nuthesis.cls that you have is very old. Update to the current version and the problem goes away.  

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