As we move into the middle of August and prepare to engage in Fall Learning Week 2020, I wanted to take this opportunity to provide one final Summer Update. It is hard to believe that this is our twenty-second week in the living, learning and working virtual space.
College opens for limited in-person registration services – On Monday, August 10 a “lean team” returned to campus to provide registration, admissions, business services and general enrollment assistance. While the numbers of students taking advantage of in-person services has been somewhat modest, for those students without internet service or technology, this access is key to successfully enrolling in fall semester. My thanks to the Welcome Center team.
Fall class schedule takes shape – as of the first of August, our delivery modalities include: In-person 11%, Online 54%, Hybrid 12%, and Live Online 23%. My thanks to the Division Chairs for their creative problem solving to build a student accessible schedule amidst a constantly changing environment. Given the current status of the pandemic in Maricopa County and the continued sense of social isolation of our community, it has been a challenge to map the schedule against student needs.
Fall Enrollment – thanks to the hard work of the student affairs team, the PVCC Contact Center, and leadership from the Tactical Strategic Enrollment Management (TSEM) team, we have made significant positive efforts to improve our overall enrollment numbers. Currently we are at -15.8% FTSE and -12.8% HC over fall 2019. Extra efforts will continue to enroll students in our multiple semester start times. PVCC continues to innovate with our Puma Power Up program (pre-advising Canvas based experience) and our live online new student orientation.
Fall 2020 Convocation – On Tuesday, August 18 at 9:00 a.m. we will officially “kick off” fall semester with Convocation. This year’s theme is Integrating the whole student experience – what’s my part? We are building off of last year’s theme that focused on the “why” of what we do at PVCC with a more in depth look at our respective parts in enhancing student learning and success. We’ve had great success all summer in building community in the virtual space with the all-college meetings and I encourage you to join your colleagues as we set the tone for the 2020-2021 academic year. Add this link to your calendar.
PVCC Awards CARES Student Emergency Funds – through this federally funded program, PVCC has awarded $794,976 in CARES Act student grant funds to 1,905 students as a way to assist in any hardships attributed to the pandemic. Additional funds approximately $500,000 will be available throughout the fall semester. Thanks to the team in Financial Aid for moving this program forward.
Take care and stay safe.