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Fall Planning

7/31/20 - Looking Forward to Fall Planning - President's Message

7/31/20 - Regional Campus Fall Update for Students

7/31/20 - Regional Campus Fall Update for Faculty & Staff


7/31/20

Dear Regional Campus Student,

In his fall 2020 update message, President Nellis underscored the need to balance our academic mission and the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty, staff, and the communities we serve. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, so must our approach to the fall semester. This email includes important updates to our fall course delivery plans and on-campus services.

Fall 2020 classes through OHIO’s regional campuses begin Monday, August 24; however, in-person instruction will be limited to lab and clinical courses that cannot convert to remote/virtual or online instruction. In-person instruction will include specific lab, practica, and clinical sections in the following subject areas: BIOL, BIOS, CHEM, EM, ENGT, EXPH, GEOL, MAT, NRSE, NURS, PAW, PHYS, and REC. All other courses will be delivered through videoconferencing technology (Zoom or Teams), online instruction, or a combination of the two.

How can you find the specific list of in-person classes for fall?

Each campus is posting a list of class sections that will maintain in-person instruction for fall semester. This list will be posted on each regional campus Fall Planning and Coronavirus Update page by Monday, August 3. You can also reach out to your instructors or academic advisor. Finally, you can review the lab, practica, or clinical classes for the identified subject areas in Course Offerings.

Campus support services are still available!

Throughout fall semester, we will continue offering students both in-person and remote/virtual support services. Contact your campus Student Services office to schedule an available appointment for advising, registration, or financial aid support.

Regional campus libraries will maintain limited in-person hours to support student needs. Hours of operation will be posted at each campus prior to the start of the semester. Tutoring services and support will be available remotely through a partnership with the Academic Achievement Center; details about these services will be available before the start of the semester.

Each regional campus will designate limited spaces where students can study and access University WiFi. These spaces will maintain minimum physical distancing requirements. As a reminder, you must follow the university face coverings policy. We look forward to seeing you in your OHIO masks!

As you prepare for the fall semester, I wish you the very best in your upcoming studies. I also encourage you to embrace opportunities to engage with your fellow students and faculty members in a safe and socially distanced manner.

Kind regards,
 
Nicole Pennington
Executive Dean of Regional Higher Education and Lifelong Learning
Dean of Campus & Community Relations, Southern Campus


7/31/20

Dear RHE Faculty and Staff,

In his fall 2020 update message, President Nellis underscored the need to balance our academic mission and the health and wellbeing of our students, faculty, staff, and the communities we serve. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, so must our approach to the fall semester. This email includes important updates to our fall course delivery plans, August 20 on-campus staffing plans, and exam proctoring options.

Changes to Fall Course Delivery Plans

OHIO’s regional campuses will begin instruction on Monday, August 24; however, in-person instruction will be limited to lab, practica, and clinical courses that cannot convert to remote/virtual or online instruction. In-person instruction will include specific lab, practica, and clinical sections in the following subject areas: BIOL, BIOS, CHEM, EM, ENGT, EXPH, GEOL, MAT, NRSE, NURS, PAW, PHYS, and REC. All other courses must plan for remote/virtual or online instruction for fall semester.

This is a significant but necessary change for the fall semester, but we believe this is the best way to balance instructional needs and the health and safety of our campus communities.

Faculty who were originally planning in-person instruction for fall:

  1. Please reach out to your campus leadership with your updated course plan. It will be important for you to note whether you plan to convert your class to a fully online option (if appropriate or permissible) or to retain a synchronous meeting pattern using Zoom or Teams.
  2. Information in Course Offerings will initially include a note that says these courses will be delivered synchronously. As faculty plans solidify, we can have this note updated to indicate any instruction mode changes.
  3. If you need support converting your class to a remote/virtual or online option, contact RHE IT or participate in an online teaching workshop. Please complete the following survey to help us best meet your technology needs for the fall semester:  https://ohio.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3ekiZFaPVLSB8bj.

To help students easily identify these changes, each campus is posting a list of class sections that will maintain in-person instruction for fall semester. This list will be posted on each regional campus Fall Planning and Coronavirus Update page by Monday, August 3 and will remain on the site for two weeks. If you have questions about a specific course or course section, please contact your campus leadership.

August 20 Staffing Plans

In my July 10 message, I shared plans for limited on-campus staffing plans in Student Services, IT, Testing, Library, and the Dean’s office. Four of our campuses began in-person admissions, advising, registration, and financial aid support on July 17. We will continue appointment-based student support services through August and into the start of fall semester. All campuses will move forward with their limited on-campus staffing plans for August 20. Supervisors will be in touch in the next week to discuss staffing plans to ensure safe campus operations. All staffing plans will maintain health and safety protocols and requirements.

Exam Proctoring and Campus Testing

ProctorTrack is available as an exam proctoring service for all faculty and courses this fall. The service will again be free for students. Limited remote proctoring will also be available through campus testing centers. However, in-person proctored exam options are not available this fall.

In closing, I want to thank you for the work you have done and will continue to do help ensure that we are prepared for a fall semester that will be very different than what we are accustomed to. I remain optimistic that we can continue to push through these challenges. I continue to encourage you to reach out to one another and support each other during these trying times. We will get through these difficult circumstances. Please take care of yourselves and enjoy the rest of the summer break.

Kind regards,
Nicole Pennington
Executive Dean of Regional Higher Education and Lifelong Learning
Dean of Campus & Community Relations, Southern Campus