December 3, 2020 - Looking ahead to 2021

Dear Campus Colleagues,

As the Fall 2020 semester is winding to an end, we wanted to take the opportunity to thank all of you for your incredible efforts on behalf of our students over this unprecedented year.  We have been presented with challenge after challenge and you have all risen to the occasion to get us this far.  We greatly appreciate all of the support that you have given to our students and to each other during these truly difficult COVID-19 months.

We also wanted to look ahead to 2021 and review our class scheduling strategies as we know that in many ways transitioning out of the COVID era may be as challenging for us as catapulting into it has been.  We are approaching our Spring 2021 schedule under CDC and St. Louis County public health and safety guidelines with the same careful resilient blended and online plan that we undertook for Fall 2020. We are currently registering continuing, returning and new students for classes to keep them on track to graduate.  Our Summer 2021 scheduling strategy mirrors our Summer 2020 schedule based on the success that we experienced in providing a wide array of online course options, and we look forward to that schedule being ready for registration in January.  

As we begin work on the Fall 2021 schedule, we are focused on strategically maximizing in-person opportunities while following CDC and St. Louis County guidelines, including social distancing, until otherwise notified. Our greatest challenge does continue to be safe use of classroom meeting space. To that end we have held conversations with individual department chairs to discuss planning for optimizing meeting patterns to allow for more in-person meetings.  While our plan is to deliver a dependable schedule to our students by mid-March, we will aspire to adjust to potential changes in the public health and safety guidelines as they unfold up until the time that the schedule goes live.  We know that with the promise of vaccines around the corner, the COVID-19 safety situation is ever evolving and we are committed to doing whatever we can to respond in real time while keeping the needs of our students at the forefront.

Again we thank you for all that you are doing for our campus community and especially our students. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Beth Eckelkamp at beckelkamp@umsl.edu with any questions or concerns. 

 

Academic Affairs

426 Woods Hall

email: acadaff@umsl.edu