Week of April 27, 2020
As part of our ongoing efforts to keep everyone safe and healthy, and in consideration of Governor DeWine’s announcement this morning extending the stay-at-home order through May 29, we are re-evaluating the Phase I dates of our reopening plan outlined yesterday. Look for details on a revised plan soon.
April 29, 2020 - A Message from the Provost - Town Hall, Sports Medicine Award, Submit a Congratulatory Video and Proctor U
We’re halfway through another week of remotely working, and I hope all of you have had a chance to enjoy some of the spring weather we are finally having this week. I wanted to share a few announcements and updates with you today:
- Dr. Johnson will be hosting another live Town Hall this Thursday, April 30th at 3:30 p.m. You can join the interactive Town Hall if you’re able by using this link: Livestream the broadcast here.
- I am proud to share with you that Tri-C has been awarded the “Exercise is Medicine on Campus” Silver Award from the American College of Sports Medicine. One of only 167 colleges and universities to receive this type of recognition, the College has been recognized for its many health and wellness initiatives including the Triceratops Trample 5K, conducting personal training sessions, providing health and fitness assessments, and hosting Exercise is Medicine events on-campus event each fall and spring semester. Thank you to all of our faculty whose participation in these events makes them so successful, and a special congratulations to our Sport and Exercises Studies faculty for creating, planning and making sure our staff, faculty and students have opportunities to participate in wellness activities. We are all looking forward to being able to resume participating in these wonderful events in the future!
- Innovate Ohio has compiled and will update a list of public hotspot locations that Ohioans can use in areas where they may not otherwise have access to the internet from home. This list includes all public libraries in Ohio and other areas and providers in Northeast Ohio that our students can access. Should you know of a student who is looking for a free wifi hotspot, please direct them to the resources you can find here: https://innovateohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/innovate/news/news-and-events/04042020
- Just a reminder to consider submitting a short video of congratulations for our students for the upcoming virtual Commencement ceremony. All or a portion of your video may be featured during the College's virtual celebration, and all videos will be archived on the virtual Commencement website for students to see. For more information and to submit a video, please visit: Faculty Commencement.
- If you have already made plans to utilize ProctorU for finals, we encourage you to advise students to check their equipment and register for ProctorU exams as soon as possible. Unfortunately, ProctorU is currently unable to provide us an official student wait time due to the daily, hourly, and minute by minute changes to their reservation system (but in the recent past our average wait time has been 8 days) as students are frequently canceling reservations while new sessions are being added to accommodate the incredible demand. We are confident that ProctorU will do its best to accommodate our faculty and student populations, as they are adding new live proctor sessions every day to for the students of faculty who have already preregistered their exams. Faculty who have not yet made plans to utilize ProctorU may run into some timing issues, as the current wait time for scheduling is changing due to increased demand, with ProctorU’s heaviest usage for the spring semester falling between April 27th and May 6th. Additionally, due to COVID-19 demands, unfortunately, the integration of ProctorU Review+ will not occur until the summer 2020 term. Should you have any questions about ProctorU and its use for testing, please email our OLAT team at email@example.com.
April 27, 2020 - A Message from the Provost
Welcome back! I’d like to provide just a few updates for you as we begin the week:
Dr. Johnson will be hosting another Town Hall this Thursday afternoon. You’ll be getting more information about how to join virtually this week.
Our faculty development team has scheduled the last week of Faculty Forums for spring semester. Our team is looking at additional ways to support faculty training and development this summer and fall, and we will keep you updated as more information is available. Please review this week’s faculty form offerings here: Click here to view the Faculty Forum schedule April 27-May 1.
For the past several weeks, we’ve been working with discipline-based faculty in English, mathematics and English as a second language, as well as the testing centers and learning commons, the enrollment centers, integrated communications and ITS to identify, design and implement virtual placement processes for new students, including CCP, that are both research-informed and provide flexibility to students. As in the past, the assessment processes are different for each discipline but we’ve made an effort to streamline the online process for students and to update webpage information. We are ready to begin using these new virtual placement processes. Thank you to all involved! Please click here to learn more about each discipline’s virtual placements.
In non-COVID-19 news, we are happy to announce that the College will soon be branding and marketing its Online Associates of Arts degree. While completing an Associate of Arts degree online has been possible for some time, the program was not packaged or widely advertised. As we move forward, Becky Wiggins, Online AA Program Specialist, will provide specific support to these students and will be working with an Online AA Advisory Committee.