As we conclude a successful summer semester and prepare for the fall, I want to update you on the status of courses for the Fall Semester.
At this time, we are being heavily influenced by the terrible news that COVID 19 is still expanding rapidly in over a dozen states and that there are predictions that the country could be facing the deaths of an additional 75,000 Americans by September. Moreover, the scientists are still telling us that we are not out of the first wave of the virus and that the second wave will likely be upon us in mid-fall. The only apparent way to reduce the spread of the virus continues to be sheltering in place and, if it is necessary to leave home, to wear a mask and avoid crowds.
These realities have reinforced our decision to keep the campus closed and to work and teach remotely until there is a vaccine available to all of our employees and students. This is more and more likely not to be available until well into 2021 or beyond.
Therefore, we will continue using ZOOM for synchronous campus classes for the Fall Semester 2020. Based on the positive experiences of the Summer Semesters, we have expanded ZOOM courses to an evening schedule. This will students more options for enrollment. The first 14 evening courses will be offered Monday through Thursday beginning at 8:00 pm. (Eastern).
Our online course offerings will continue unchanged. But the ZOOM classes offer another option for online students as well. All students are welcome to combine online, day ZOOM and evening ZOOM classes depending on what works best for each student.
We have also expanded the hours and ways which students can access student support services. Our Enrollment Advisors will be available from 8:30am to 9pm Monday -Thursday EST and 8:30am-4pm EST on Friday. Students may work with Advisors via ZOOM, email or phone.
Registration for Fall Semester has already started so we look forward to planning with you!
Tracy M. Lentz
Director of Operations
Dean of Academic and Student Services