On June 30, President Rivera shared a Fall Planning Update. We plan to begin the fall semester in person, while providing a remote option for those who choose, or need, to learn remotely. The plan includes a list of actions we are taking to support learning while observing best practices for physical distancing, enhanced hygiene, and other preventative measures.
On June 22, Provost Moe shared details about the academic calendar and updates about deferral and leave of absence deadlines. On May 29, Provost Moe shared plans for the academic calendar.
A number of leadership groups across campus are working on intentional, coordinated planning for the 2020-21 academic year. They include:
- Educational Policy and Governance Committee (EPAG) and Faculty Advisory Council (FAC), both of which are consulting on the academic aspects of planning
- Infectious Disease Task Force, which is working closely with the Minnesota Department of Health and consulting on both public health and ways facilities can contribute to the health of our community
- Pedagogy and Technology Working Group, which is gathering input from faculty and students about needs related to offering courses in a multimodal, hybrid format
- Learning Spaces Committee, which is examining ways to implement guidance related to safely returning to classrooms (i.e. social distancing, cleaning, airflow, etc.) and to consider the types of technologies needed for hybrid delivery
In line with the college’s shared governance model, these groups have shared recommendations with the college’s leadership to guide their decision making around our core commitments: the education of our students, the well-being of our employees, and the financial sustainability of the college.
While most Macalester staff and faculty are working remotely, the college is working on processes and protocols to support a return to campus. There are staff who continue to come to campus in order to keep the campus functioning and support the students and staff who continue to live on campus or live off campus but continue to come to campus. These staff include: custodians, public safety officers, some Residence Hall Directors, select members of ITS who may need to address on-site issues, select members of staff and faculty in Olin-Rice who must care for animals and sensitive equipment, medical staff in the Health & Wellness Center, Business Services team members including mailing services staff and accounts payable staff.