Today, I’d like to touch on our approach to course delivery modalities/strategic scheduling and the delivery of academic and student support services as it relates to the fall 2021 semester.
As we transition through the pandemic and as students re-acclimate to in-person, on-campus learning, it is critically important that we get the schedule right! As we thoughtfully and with intentionality move to a Hybrid Model approach of teaching, learning and support services that blends in-person, live on-line, hybrid (virtual and in-person) and asynchronous delivery models, it is imperative that we meet student needs.
Below are the guiding principles regarding the fall 2021 class schedule that were recently shared with the division chairs.
- Current CDC guidelines (social distancing, cleaning requirements, etc.) as interpreted by Maricopa COVID-19 liaisons and risk management will be consulted, updated, and applied on a regular basis allowing change in course capacities and format as well as approaches to the delivery of support services.
- A high priority will be placed on meeting student demand as gathered from: course enrollments, input from analysts/advisers, Division Administrative Assistants, and student survey data.
- Assuming maintenance of supportive CDC guidelines, students will have options to complete a majority of their class schedules in-person and receive support services in-person.
- There is an expectation – in order to maximize student access – for a minimum of 50% of in-person courses (top 25 FTSE producing courses) with a mix/blend of live online, asynchronous online, hybrid (virtual and in-person).
- Efforts will also be made to maximize a mix/blend for courses this summer, as student demand is already demonstrating an increased interest in summer courses.
- We will continue to update course formats and options throughout the summer based on demand (while also working to minimize adverse impact to faculty and students).
Between now and the beginning of the fall semester, we will also monitor the following environmental factors to maintain the highest levels of responsiveness to modify and adjust the class schedule and approaches to delivering in-person support services.
- Practices of competition within the higher education space (i.e. ASU, Grand Canyon, other MCCCD colleges, etc.).
- Course delivery strategies and guidelines utilized by feeder high schools
- Vaccination rates in Maricopa County
- MCCCD tracked COVID rates
My deepest appreciation to Dr. Chris Scinto, Professor Sean Petty, Dr. Sandra Hinski, Associate Dean Loretta Mondragon, Dr. Jana Schwartz, Dean Frank Amparo, and Division Chairs for their thoughtful and innovative approaches to developing and revising a most student friendly and accessible schedule of classes.