We hope that your summer is going well and you are able to take some time to find a way to rejuvenate! We miss you and can’t wait to see you in-person, online, or some combination of those formats.
To aid in your academic planning, we wanted to send an update from our memo on June 19 regarding the fall course schedule. While there are complex issues involved in our decision-making during this time of increased risk and uncertainty, the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff have been at the center of our plans for the fall semester. We are being cautious in our processes and are making all decisions with the student experience and well-being at the center. Additionally, we are utilizing data, science, and guidance from local, state, and national health officials to help make these decisions.
Course Format and Schedule
Courses will be delivered in three formats: face-to-face, hybrid, and online. While we desire to have students experience face-to-face instruction, face-to-face courses have been prioritized based on the need to have access to specialized equipment and/or lab spaces that require physical attendance in class.
To help you know in which format a course is being offered, the course schedule now has a specific tier designation ranging from 1-5 for each fall course. The definitions for each tier and where to locate the tier designation for specific courses can be found on the Registrar’s page of the St. Kate’s website. Tier One and Tier Two courses will be on campus in face-to-face format. All Tier Three courses, with the exception of The Reflective Woman course and some sections of Global Search for Justice courses, will be online.
Class times have been adjusted to allow for safe social distancing and cleaning between face-to-face classes as well as longer breaks between online sessions to allow students to transition from one topic to the next. The course schedule on the Registrar’s website reflects the updated time slots of each class session.
This summer, we have been able to pilot some in-person courses using our Safe Return to Campus Policy and Procedures. These policies and procedures will continue for the fall and must be followed by all St. Kate’s community members, including:
All faculty, staff, students, and approved visitors must wear a cloth face covering or mask when entering and walking through buildings on campus and while in common or shared spaces.
Each day prior to coming to campus, faculty, staff, and students must complete the Daily Symptom Self-Check through the LiveSafe app or online. A green checkmark indicates you are cleared to come to class. A red X indicates you may not come to campus and should notify your faculty.
The Facilities team has established a detailed cleaning and sanitizing schedule and process that follows specific guidelines from MDH and the CDC. Additional details will be provided for spaces with specific equipment that will need to be cleaned. Additionally, ventilation systems have been reviewed to make sure they are operating efficiently and allow for as much airflow circulation as possible.
Faculty are actively working this summer to convert their courses for fall to include online instruction. We made a rapid change in the winter to move classes to remote education in order to complete the semester. This summer, faculty are actively working to convert their courses to include online instruction. Faculty are designing lectures and activities based on learning goals for students for both class sessions and the course as a whole. The learning goals for students will determine the most appropriate learning modality, whether that is a synchronous session that will include a live platform for virtual learning, or asynchronous sessions to be delivered as modules.
Some online courses will be offered in a synchronous format, to allow faculty and students to engage in learning at the same time. Please plan to be available during the scheduled class session regardless of the instructional delivery unless the course is listed as “fully online asynchronous only.”
We recognize many students prefer in person education, and we want our students, faculty, and staff to have the chance to be together safely, on campus, under the new conditions that the pandemic requires. We will continue to diligently plan for the fall, and look forward to continuing in our work to educate women to lead and influence.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be safe and well,
Anita Thomas, PhD
Executive Vice President and Provost