Our return to campus in January will mean different things for different populations at the College, as we have committed to a model for academic program delivery that is flexible and responsive to the needs of each individual member of the College community. All courses in the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) will be offered online, with most of the other activities associated with those programs also provided remotely. Similarly, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS), which offers our Accelerated Adult Degree Program, will deliver its classes online in spring 2021, with advising and student support also provided remotely.
The School of Undergraduate Studies (SUS) will deliver a combination of in-person, online, and hybrid courses, which will allow us to offer low-density classes to bring students back to campus for learning experiences that are among the most difficult to replicate in an online environment. For undergraduate students, our commitment is to offer a schedule that accommodates your needs or concerns related to COVID-19. We also seek to offer each SUS student the opportunity to return to campus, since you have told us repeatedly that this is your preference once we can reasonably assure the health and safety of the College community.
In our review of the data, we observed that the primary reasons that students wish to return are: 1) interest in laboratory, studio, or classroom-based experiences offered face-to-face in their major; 2) participation in co-curricular activities that require them to be on campus; and 3) their recognition that the campus provides an exceptional learning environment. We are working diligently to provide those opportunities. For SUS students, to ensure that you receive the course delivery method (online vs hybrid vs in-person) that you need, the most important task is to complete the spring course registration. Students who wish to live on campus should complete the 2021 Spring Housing Intent Form. You can also find updated SUS Academic Calendar information here.
In planning for the spring, our top priority is to have a schedule and presence on campus that allows choice for all students, faculty, and staff. Members of vulnerable populations will be able to remain in remote learning, teaching, and work experiences, and we are committed to supporting each of your experiences in spring 2021.
We look forward to working with all of you in the coming semester!
Christopher Dougherty, Ph.D
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty