Summer Update #4

As we move closer to the start of fall semester 2020 (just five weeks away), I thought I’d take this opportunity to provide you with several college updates.

Return to on-campus work –  Our guiding principles continue to focus on a) the highest priority is the health, safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff, and b) we strive to maintain continuity of instruction and operations with the highest level of quality possible. As we have previously communicated, on August 10 a very small team of staff will be back on campus to provide in-person registration related services. Additionally in support of the start of fall semester, on August 24, we will expand in-person services to provide access to computing technology for students. Watch for additional details soon.

In-person classes in the fall – Our guiding principles around in-person courses are: providing specific courses and programs that can only be offered with an in-person component in order to maintain quality or accreditation standards; and ensuring that the most vulnerable of our students who cannot be successful in a fully online setting are not left behind. In accordance with our guiding principles, recently a decision was made to convert prior planned hybrid science courses including Biology, Chemistry, Forensic Science, Physics, Engineering and Astronomy (with an in-person lab component) to either an online or live online format. Our fall in-person, on-campus class offerings will be primarily in CTE and limited fine and performing arts courses.

Several special “shout outs” – PVCC Athletic Director, Christina Hundley for her excellent leadership at the system level as the nine Maricopa colleges with athletics navigated the postponement of fall NJCAA intercollegiate sports to the spring semester; all of the faculty and staff who successfully led the completion of the spring courses that required in-person class time this summer;  Ellen Hedlund and Dr. Keith Kelly for their continued leadership of the Futures work, and the staff who have been on campus these last nineteen weeks including: Bobby Garcia and Terri Siemer and the M&O/Grounds team, college safety, shipping and receiving/mailroom, and the IT team. Thank you.

As we continue to navigate the pandemic, you might find these recent articles that have crossed my virtual desktop of interest: the importance of a college commitment to equity, draft criteria for reopening Arizona’s K-12 schools, transitioning from “emergency” online teaching to online learning and re-thinking the first-year experience for adult students.

Please know that college leadership is aware of and sensitive to the fact that many of you are also dealing with conversations regarding your own family’s return to school–high school/elementary school and/or work. I understand that this can also create additional anxiety and stress and we will do everything we can to be supportive as we move through this pandemic.