A working group in Division of Academic Affairs led by Interim Provost Richard Starnes has been developing a comprehensive and evolving plan for the fall 2020 academic experience. This plan is being created with the anticipation that we will be utilizing a variety of instructional arrangements with student success, faculty expertise and flexibilty, and staff support as our guides.
Please note that all plans for resumption of operations for fall 2020 may very well shift due to changing conditions. The last few months have shown that information and responses to new data about COVID-19 require a high level of flexibility and patience.
The adjustment to the academic calendar maximizes instructional time in the early fall and minimizes the opportunities for students, as well as faculty and staff, to travel away from campus on extended breaks.
This strategy should reduce exposure to and spread of coronavirus and also should align the academic calendar as to avoid a densely populated campus in late fall and early winter, when the potential for a significant resurgence of the virus may be highest.
Any potential changes to the 2021 spring semester will be announced in the weeks to come.
Instruction for residential courses for the fall 2020 semester will be offered through a blend of face-to-face, online, hybrid, and modified hybrid course delivery.