Chancellor’s Message to Students (Nov 17)

This email was sent November 17.

Message from the Chancellor

Hello, Grizzlies!

As we enter the final weeks of the fall semester with the Thanksgiving break just around the corner, our administrative team has been making plans for the 2021 spring semester.

I want to thank you for doing your part by following the COVID-19 safety precautions this semester and helping us limit the spread of the virus within our campus and our surrounding communities. Many of you will be traveling during the break and then returning to campus. I ask you to be continue to be diligent by wearing face coverings, washing your hands regularly and maintaining six feet of distance in interactions when possible.

I also wanted to update you on some changes that we have implemented for the spring semester. Most spring classes will be divided between two eight-week block sessions and will include online, blended and seated courses. The spring semester will still begin on Jan. 11, but spring break has been moved to March 8-12.

We made the change to two eight-week sessions for the 2021 spring semester primarily to allow us to be more flexible during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, as a student, there also are several benefits to this new format, including the following:

  • Focus is on fewer classes at once in an accelerated timeframe
  • Leads to faster degree completion
  • Fits into family and/or work life better

As we continue our plans for the spring semester, we will move forward cautiously and make adjustments and changes if needed based on guidance from our local, state and national public health authorities. Our focus continues to be the health and safety of our community, and that will continue to guide our decision-making.

Dennis Lancaster
Interim Chancellor