Provost Update — June 12, 2020

Friday, June 12, 2020

A Message from Kathleen Plinske, Executive Vice President and Provost

I hope that this message finds you well. Today I write with an update on the fall course schedule, our virtual Answer Center and Advising Center, and our new Real-time Virtual modality, as well as to share with you an important message sent to our students yesterday.

Fall Course Schedule

Last month we shared the recommendations of the Fall Schedule Design Team, which proposed that we offer the majority of our fall 2020 courses in an online modality, reserving face-to-face and mixed-mode sections for courses that are unable to be offered online. The Design Team also advised that courses being considered for face-to-face delivery be prioritized based on community needs, impact on student progression toward program completion, and operational considerations.

On Wednesday, Dr. Shugart approved the recommendations of our faculty, deans and campus presidents to offer approximately 100 unique college credit courses in the areas of allied health, arts and entertainment, biotechnology, culinary arts, engineering and technology, health and physical education, and nursing. While our deans are still making final adjustments to the fall schedule today, you can preview our fall course offerings by visiting our Course Schedule Search. We will share more specific details about our plans for fall next week.

Registration for special student populations starts on Monday, June 15, 2020. Returning students may register beginning Monday, June 22, 2020, and new students may register beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.

Virtual Answer Center and Advising Center

As students begin thinking about their plans for the fall semester, please encourage them to visit our:

  • Virtual Answer Center – students may drop in to meet with an Answer Center advisor via Zoom for assistance with the steps to enrollment, admissions and financial aid.
  • Virtual Advising Center – students may drop in to meet with an advisor via Zoom or may make an appointment to meet with their assigned advisor to explore degree and program options, course planning and scheduling, and transfer planning.

Real-time Virtual Modality

When you visit the Course Schedule Search, you will notice a new modality titled “Real-time Virtual” (RTV). As mentioned in a previous update, we heard during the spring and summer from faculty and students interested in a new modality that resembles face-to-face instruction but facilitated virtually. Thanks to the feedback many of you shared via survey and gathered from our student and academic leaders, the design team has completed its charge: developing a working title and definition of the pilot modality, and designing a pilot for fall, including a communication plan and assessment plan. The official modality description of RTV is “a course that requires students and instructors to meet online, in a virtual space, during designated days and times.” To learn more about RTV, you can review the design team recommendations and/or join the implementation team during an information session via Zoom next week:

Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020
Time: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Date: Thursday, June 18, 2020
Time: 6 – 7 p.m.
Location: Zoom

Message to Students About Facing Racial Injustice

Our deans of students sent an Atlas email to students yesterday sharing that Valencia stands with them in promoting social justice within our campuses and our community. The message also includes information about connecting with our counselors, participating in courageous conversation sessions, connecting with campus resources and engaging in clubs and organizations to learn more about the Black experience and find ways to actively combat racism. To review the message sent to students, please click here.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions, comments or concerns.

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