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July 1, 2020: Instructional Planning + Classroom Protocols

Communication to Faculty from Provost David Cordle

July 1, 2020

Dear Faculty Colleagues:

I hope you’re having a safe and enjoyable summer so far.

You may recall that shortly after spring semester ended, a Classroom & Instruction Workgroup was appointed and charged with developing an overall plan for classroom instruction this fall.

The most urgent part of the workgroup’s task was to provide guidance for determining the most appropriate delivery mode for each of our Fall 2020 courses. That portion of the workgroup’s report was shared with deans and department chairs in draft form a couple weeks ago, so that each unit could start making those determinations.

The workgroup’s final, full report is now complete, and has been approved by the Fall Planning Group and President Garrett. To view, download the instructional planning + classroom protocols.pdf. The full report includes not only the delivery mode guidance already shared with deans and chairs, but also broader guidance for teaching in our current environment. Please familiarize yourself with the report’s protocols and guidelines, and incorporate them into your planning for fall.

The Classroom & Instruction Workgroup did an excellent job, in my view, of creating a plan that balances consistency and flexibility. Many thanks to these members of the workgroup:

  • Joan Brewer, The Teachers College (convener)
  • Tim Burnett, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Tim Clark, Facility Planning
  • Allan Comstock, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Mirah Dow, School of Library and Information Management
  • Larry Falcetto, School of Business
  • Cory Falldine, Information Technology
  • Cathy Grover, The Teachers College
  • Jasmine Linabary, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Sheila Markowitz, Registrar

Best regards,

David Cordle

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs