Course Tier Definitions
Courses that must have an on-campus component for students to complete due to physical equipment or required hands-on learning for which there is no alternative. All Tier One courses will be held on campus in fall 2020 and spring 2021.
Courses that can be moved to online instruction, but the lack of access to the physical attributes on campus (e.g., lab/studio equipment/space) impacts learning. For spring semester, all Tier Two courses and lab sections will be online until after spring/Easter break and then will move to face-to-face format.
These are courses that can be delivered through online instruction with no specific requirements for physical attributes on campus. All Tier Three courses will be online in fall 2020 and spring 2021.
These are courses that are already online and do not require physical space on campus.
These courses involve practica, internships, clinicals, fieldwork, etc., and do not require physical space on campus. Program directors and department chairs will address each of these courses on an individual basis.
Where is the tier designation located?
The tier designation for each section is listed in the course schedule. Select the applicable schedule (College for Women, College for Adults, Graduate College), then enter the term, the subject and course number, and click on Class Search. You will see the tier designation listed as an Attribute.
Note to Students: Several courses have more than one section. For example, CORE 3990W Global Search for Justice has multiple sections. To ensure that you are checking the correct section in the course schedule, go to "My Class Schedule" on My St. Kate's Students and jot down the CRNs of the courses you are registered for this fall. When you access the course schedule, make sure you are looking at the section with the CRN that matches the one you are taking. Contact your academic advisor if you need assistance.
Why do Tier 3 (online) sections have class day and time assignments?
Some Tier 3 courses will be offered in a synchronous format which means that all faculty and students will engage in learning at the same time. These Tier 3 sections will continue to display meeting days and times. Please refer to your course syllabi for details about exact synchronous class dates. Please plan to be available during synchronous scheduled class sessions.