May 6, 2020 Message to Students from the Provost and VP of Student Affairs Regarding Planning for the Fall Semester
The message below was emailed to CCA students on Wednesday, 6 May 2020.
Dear CCA Students,
As we approach the final days of the academic year we want to thank you for your collaboration and ingenuity over the last couple of months. It is absolutely inspiring to witness and hear about the level of compassion and presence you have shared with each other. Though this is not the close of the academic year any of us planned for or wanted, you have persevered and been successful in our core mission—and for this we are deeply grateful.
We want to send a heartfelt congratulations to the class of 2020! You have taught us so much about flexible and creative problem solving and we will forever be inspired by how you have shaped the future of CCA. It has been a pleasure to witness your creative growth and we look forward to the upcoming virtual reviews, readings, performances, screenings, exhibitions, and celebrations. We are excited for the launch of Showcase 2020 on May 14th!
To all of our continuing students: please be assured, we will have a fall semester! Academic Affairs is working on a well planned, yet modifiable, semester based on evolving pandemic updates and we will have more details to share over the summer. Our goal for the fall is to be as in-person as we safely can. We remain committed to the health and safety of the entire community and will closely monitor and follow officially mandated physical distancing and cleaning protocols. We ask that you stay in close contact over the summer, checking your CCA email often and reaching out to appropriate staff with questions or for support.
We are designing a fall semester that will be delivered in a mostly hybrid format. In other words, some portion of every class may be delivered online, and some portion delivered in person, in smaller than normal groups, on campus. The percentages of on-line versus in-person delivery of our curriculum may vary widely from course to course. We are committed to getting students back into the studios and accessing the facilities as much as possible, again with health and safety our priority.
We will also develop an entirely on-line fall semester option for a cohort of first year undergraduate students who may not be able to be in residence due to travel and visa restrictions and/or health and family issues. We will continue to plan for them to join us in person by January 2021, so we will develop a remote fall semester for them to stay on track from a distance.
There is a lot to plan for and sort out, not the least of which is exactly how much of each class will be offered in person, how we will navigate through the physical spaces safely, and how we will schedule the physical spaces to reduce contact and increase cleaning protocols. Given everything we have learned the last two months and the predictions we are able to make, we feel strongly this format is our best path for a safe return to teaching and learning.
Again, so that you can be prepared for fall, we strongly encourage you to continue to read and respond to email over the summer! We will have resources and staff support available to help you as you plan your fall classes and you are encouraged to take advantage of them throughout the summer.
Sending you all our best wishes for the remainder of your semester, your summer and future endeavours!
Tammy Rae Carland, Provost
George Luis Sedano, Vice President for Student Affairs