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Message from Academic Affairs - COVID-19

Posted On March 12, 2020

Good afternoon,

Holy Family College continues to monitor closely the recent outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The health, safety and well-being of our campus community in the context of our responsibility to deliver a high-quality educational experience to our students is our top priority.

Some of our peer institutions have taken their instruction entirely online. We have decided against that option at this time largely due to the fact that students are currently on spring break and need to return to campus to get materials that are necessary for them to continue their coursework. 

While we are currently not requiring any changes to the delivery of our academic courses, we must be prepared for possible disruptions to our courses should the need arise. All instructors are encouraged to begin to identify creative ways to continue the semester and allow students to meet course objectives should coursework need to be moved to a different delivery other than face-to-face. 

The Department of Education and the Higher Learning Commission are encouraging institutions of higher learning to be flexible, nimble, and creative in order to ensure that students experience as little disruption as possible should coursework need to be delivered in a manner other than face-to-face. To that end, we are preparing resources to help instructors in planning to utilize Joule and other resources, such as Zoom, if instruction needs to be moved to a mode of delivery other than face-to-face.  A guide is being developed and will be available for faculty next week with more information.

This is a rapidly changing situation, and is one that we are monitoring closely and taking very seriously. We will continue to provide information and updates as they are available. In the meantime, we thank you for your creative thinking as you begin to develop strategies to deliver instruction if this becomes a necessary step.

If you have questions, please contact your School Dean for more information.

 

Sincerely,

Deans Council

 

Michael Dunlap                        Rachel Ware Carlton                 Brianna Neuser

School of Education                 School of Liberal Arts              School of Professional Studies