It wasn’t too long ago that we announced our need to make the week of March 16 – 21, a non-instructional period to provide time for our faculty to prepare to deliver all courses in a remote format starting March 30. Fast forward to March 19, when Governor Newsom issued a statewide Stay at Home order for an indefinite period of time. First and foremost, we remain focused on student success and protecting the health of our students, faculty and staff.
We know that remote delivery of coursework has caused some angst among both our students and faculty. Our faculty are to be commended on their time and dedication spent to prepare for remote teaching and student engagement. We are continually updating our FAQ web pages for both students and faculty to include best practices for remote learning and teaching, and tips for success. We are also adding resources to our Quick Guide To Student Services as they become available and known to us.
In partnership with our faculty and staff we have amended our academic calendar. The details are contained below:
- Spring semester classes will begin again on March 30, 2020 and will be taught remotely; this could mean online via our Canvas platform, or web conference via Zoom, or by phone and/or email. The last day of the Spring 2020 semester is May 23, 2020. Sadly, commencement has been cancelled.
- Due to the declaration of March 16 – 21 as a non-instructional week, we interrupted the final week of 8-week classes and 4-week classes. This last week of coursework will start again on March 30 and end on Saturday, April 4. Instructors will be reaching out to their students to provide more information.
- Students who are enrolled in 8-week classes for the remainder of the spring semester will start on April 6 and will last for only 7 weeks (April 6 – May 23). This means that the same amount of work will be expected in a shorter period of time.
- 4-week courses that were scheduled to start on March 30 will begin on April 6 instead.
- The final 4-week course offerings scheduled to start on April 27 will begin as originally scheduled and end on May 23.
Students who have specific questions regarding courses, should please try to contact their instructor or department chairperson.
We are also working on reviewing and updating our processes regarding withdrawals and refunds. This information will be made available during the week of March 30 and will soon be included in our FAQs.